Food demand up in Northeast Ohio

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Food demand up in Northeast Ohio

WTAM – Over the past five years, the Cleveland Foodbank has seen an increase of more than 75 percent in food delivered to hungry families in northeast Ohio.

Faced with rising demand this holiday season, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown visited the Cleveland Foodbank Monday to join President and CEO Anne Goodman to release a snapshot report on the increased demand for food assistance programs and to discuss new statistics showing that Ohio now ranks sixth in the nation for food insecurity.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimates that 70,000 Ohioans will exhaust unemployment insurance in January-unless Congress acts-which could put an even greater strain on Ohio food banks and pantries.

“While the jobs figures released Friday showed that our economy is slowly adding jobs, there are still too many Ohioans struggling under this tough economy,” Brown said. “At places like the Cleveland Foodbank, Ohioans who were once volunteers are now recipients. That’s why it’s critical that we all pitch in to help our neighbors in need.”

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