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September 27, 2022 00:45:31
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A briefing from Ohio's foodbank leaders

With a diverse group of foodbank directors, Joree discusses the situation that our foodbank network is facing. They discuss the striking increase in need, the unsustainable food purchasing they must do, and the failing infrastructure that needs repair. These foodbank directors are all experiencing similar challenges, all while dealing with unique regional disparities and differences.   References:   Learn more about our state American Rescue Plan Act request here. Understand what circumstances our neighbors are facing that lead them to our foodbank and food pantry lines.   Find your local foodbank to find help, volunteer, and donate here.      Enjoyed this episode? Please leave a review and subscribe to get episodes in your podcast feed as soon as we upload every other week!       Want more updates? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and take our latest hunger-fighting actions!      We are licensed to use the song, Goals and Dreams by Boomer, which is distributed and owned by PremiumBeat.     Ohio Association of Foodbanks is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization without party affiliation or bias. We are Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger and our mission is to assist Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks in providing food and other resources to people in need and to pursue areas of common interest for the benefit of people in need.   ...

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September 09, 2022 00:12:35
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So, why Hunger Action Month?

September is Hunger Action Month – a month to drive awareness about and encourage supporters to take action against hunger. But why do we need a #HungerActionMonth? And what can each of us do to be a meaningful part of efforts to end hunger? Your Just a Bite co-host, Joree, brings you this thought-provoking oral essay to give listeners something to chew on as we kick off this month of awareness and action.   References:    Wear orange on Hunger Action Day, September 23rd, and tag us @Ohiofoodbanks.   Find your local foodbank to find help, volunteer, and donate here.      Enjoyed this episode? Please leave a review and subscribe to get episodes in your podcast feed as soon as we upload every other week!       Want more updates? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and take our latest hunger-fighting actions!      We are licensed to use the song, Goals and Dreams by Boomer, which is distributed and owned by PremiumBeat.      Ohio Association of Foodbanks is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization without party affiliation or bias. We are Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger and our mission is to assist Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks in providing food and other resources to people in need and to pursue areas of common interest for the benefit of people in need.   ...

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August 23, 2022 00:25:36
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Is food part of the financial aid package for students?

Classes are back in session, and we are kicking off fall semester with a discussion with the Food Research & Action Center’s SNAP Deputy Director, Andrew Cheyne. We talk about the temporary expansion of SNAP eligibility for college students, the ‘broke college student’ trope, and how we can work to permanently expand access to SNAP and better meet the needs of current college students.   References:   Do you think you may be eligible for SNAP? You can connect to resources HERE.   Follow FRAC on their website, on their blog, through their email newsletter, on Twitter @fractweets and their Facebook page. Follow Andrew on his Twitter @cheyne_andrew.  Learn more about the bills FRAC is supporting, including the EATS Act.   U.S. Government Accountability Office Report on “Food Insecurity: Better Information Could Help Eligible College Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits”  “Connecting Community College Students to SNAP,” report by Ashley Burnside and Parker Gilkesson of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and Patricia Baker of Mass Law Reform Institute (MLRI)  “Need to address college student hunger gains well-deserved attention and momentum”, by Hope Lane-Gavin, the Center for Community Solutions  The Hope Center on College, Community and Justice’s Report: #RealCollege During the Pandemic  The Hope Center’s Review of state action on the expanded SNAP eligibility for college students: Best Kept Secrets: The Federal Government Expanded SNAP Eligibility for College Students, But Many Never Heard About It ...

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August 11, 2022 00:22:11
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The One Where Lisa Gets Inducted Into the Hall of Fame

Your Just a Bite host, Joree, reflects on and provides context to the induction of Ohio Association of Foodbanks’ executive director, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt to the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. Lisa was recognized and celebrated this month for her contributions to both Ohio’s agricultural sector and food insecure Ohioans. Lisa is a fierce, compassionate leader and advocate for Ohioans facing food insecurity and poverty. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is proud to call her our leader and executive director and we congratulate her on this well-deserved honor! Listen to learn more about Lisa and her steadfast commitment to food insecure Ohioans and Ohio agriculture.   References:   You can find more information about the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program, our current request for American Rescue Plan Act funds, and other efforts on OAF’s website and Twitter.   Find your local foodbank to find help, volunteer, and donate here.     Enjoyed this episode? Please leave a review and subscribe to get episodes in your podcast feed as soon as we upload every other week!      Want more updates? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and take our latest hunger-fighting actions!     We are licensed to use the song, Goals and Dreams by Boomer, which is distributed and owned by PremiumBeat.    Ohio Association of Foodbanks is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization without party affiliation or bias. We are Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger and our mission ...

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July 26, 2022 00:42:20
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A Dose of Inspiration from Two Foodbank Advocates

Your Just a Bite host, Sarah, is joined by Kimmy LoVano, Director of Advocacy & Public Education at the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, and Tim White, Advocacy Manager at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, to talk more about their roles at their respective organizations. Kimmy and Tim talk about why non-profit advocacy is so important, how they have overcome challenges, and what advice they would give to those who want to get involved. Tune into this episode to learn and get inspired from two amazing advocates!     References:   “Second Harvest warns food for hungry might soon be rationed as donations plummet,” by Michael Fitzpatrick, The Morning Journal  Sign our petition supporting our statewide ARPA funding request here and find other advocacy actions here.  Learn more about Mid-Ohio Food Collective on their website and on Twitter @mofcollective.   Learn more about Greater Cleveland Foodbank on their website and on Twitter @CleFoodbank.    Find your local foodbank to find help, volunteer, and donate here.     Enjoyed this episode? Please leave a review and subscribe to get episodes in your podcast feed as soon as we upload every other week!      Want more updates? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and take our latest hunger-fighting actions!     We are licensed to use the song, Goals and Dreams by Boomer, which is distributed and owned by PremiumBeat.    Ohio Association ...

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July 12, 2022 00:42:46
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Unpacking Economic Buzzwords

This week, we’re going beyond the buzzwords we’re all hearing to better understand what’s truly going on economically, what’s behind the inflationary pinch we’re all feeling, and what public policy levers must be pulled to protect household stability and meet basic needs for every household. We’re joined by Guillermo Bervejillo, State Policy Fellow for Policy Matters Ohio. With a Ph.D. in economic geography and bachelor’s in economics from The Ohio State University as well as a master’s in geography from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Guille brings an incredible wealth of expertise to this conversation and peels back the layers to reveal what’s beneath the economic rhetoric. References: Visit Policy Matters Ohio online, take a look at Guille’s past research and testimony here, and follow Policy Matters Ohio on Twitter and Facebook View Guille’s recent appearance on The State of Ohio, a service of Ohio’s public broadcasting stations. Investors buy nearly one of out for Columbus-area homes in first quarter of 2022, The Columbus Dispatch, July 5, 2022 Corporate profits have contributed disproportionately to inflation. How should policymakers respond? Economic Policy Institute, April 21, 2022 Credit card balances spike to $841 billion after stimulus checks helped reduce debt, CNBC, June 9, 2022 Companies use inflation to hike prices and generate huge profits, report says, CBS News, May 27, 2022 Corporations are bragging about inflation price-gouging, Patriotic Millionaires Blog, May 6, 2022   Find your local foodbank to find help, volunteer, and donate here. Enjoyed this episode? Please leave a review and subscribe to get episodes in your podcast feed as soon as we upload every other week!   Want more updates? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and take our latest hunger-fighting actions!  We are ...

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