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May 31, 2022 00:45:53
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Looking inward and forward in the human services sector

Nonprofit organizations have played an outsized role in responding to the pandemic, from leading the public health response to supporting families as they navigate the economic fallout from the public health crisis. Yet many health and human services organizations are facing a compounding crisis as they struggle to respond to sustained demand for their services without the funding and flexibility they need. In this episode, we talk with Michael Corey, executive director of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County, about the state of the human services sector nearly two and a half years after the pandemic began.  References:  Sign this online petition that includes a request for $100 million in ARPA funding for direct service nonprofits.  Visit the Human Service Chamber (HSC) of Franklin County’s community calendar for upcoming events where you can get involved and give back to central Ohio nonprofits. Looking for a nonprofit position in central Ohio? Visit the HSC of Franklin County's job board.  Buy a We Can Do This! t-shirt from Homage, proceeds benefit HSC of Franklin County.  Follow the HSC of Franklin County on Twitter @OneVoiceHSC  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!   ...

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May 17, 2022 00:33:42
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Hunger at Home and Abroad

Global food insecurity has been thrust into the news yet again with Russia’s war in Ukraine. Ukraine and Russia are large global producers of wheat, maize (corn), and barley. The conflict not only threatens the lives of those in Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, but also threatens the global food supply and risks compounding hunger crises. We speak to William Lambers, author, journalist, and advocate, about the interconnectedness of domestic and global hunger and how we all can be better advocates for eradicating hunger both at home and abroad.   References:  Learn more about William’s work at his website: https://williamlambers.com/    “Harry Truman’s Easter push to address world hunger can inspire us today”, William Lambers, Washington Post op-ed   “The Ukraine Food Price Crisis is Just a Preview of What Could Happen as Climate Change Worsens”, Aryn Baker, Time  Learn more about the U.N. World Food Program (WFP): https://www.wfp.org/   Join William’s Charity Miles team to raise donations for the WFP.   Play the U.N. WFP’s trivia game, Free Rice, to generate a donation for the WFP.   Follow William Lambers on Twitter: @WilliamLambers   Find your local foodbank to find help, volunteer, and donate here.    Enjoyed this episode? Please leave a review and subscribe to get ...

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May 03, 2022 00:39:40
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Let's Talk Maternal Health for Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we talk to Center for Community Solutions Health Equity Fellow Hope Lane-Gavin about the maternal and infant health issues at the front and center of today’s public policy debates. How does food insecurity disproportionately impact pregnant women, moms, and children, especially for Black and Hispanic women? How can targeted public benefit programs, like WIC, improve maternal and infant nutrition and food security, and how is Ohio doing on that front? And what should we do as anti-poverty advocates to engender change?  References:   Read Hope’s recent blog post, Lessons of Two Years of COVID-19: Impacts of an Offline System for WIC Beneficiaries in Ohio, the first in a series highlighting joint research with Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio.  Learn more about other recent public policy work in Ohio related to maternal and infant health in The Center for Community Solutions State Budgeting Matters maternal and infant health issue.  Vice President Kamala Harris Remarks on Improving Maternal Health  Follow Hope on Twitter @HopeFromOhio and The Center for Community Solutions @CommunitySols  More reading about the disproportionate impact of the pandemic-driven recession on Black and Hispanic parents and families, which exacerbated longstanding disparities:  From the Urban Institute: Forty Percent of Black and Hispanic Parents of School-Age Children Are Food Insecure  From Feeding America: Black communities face unique challenges that result in greater likelihood of facing hunger during the pandemic  From FRAC: The Impact of Food Insecurity on Women’s Health  From USDA ERS: Food ...

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April 22, 2022 00:50:01
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Special Edition: Earth Day Episode

Happy Earth Day! Sarah speaks with one of the visionary leaders in the climate-smart agriculture space, A.G. Kawamura. They talk about the strong partnerships between farmers, growers and producers and their local foodbanks, the U.N. sustainable development goals, and what A.G. calls the agricultural renaissance. They discuss what investments farmers need in the 2023 Farm Bill to continue making strides toward more sustainable agriculture, where we work with the land instead of against it.  References:   Learn more about the U.N. sustainable development goals.  Check out A.G.’s national nonprofit, Solutions from the Land, and their recent report, 21st Century Agricultural Renaissance. View more resources from Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land, co-chaired by our executive director, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. Check out what A.G. is doing locally to combat hunger, develop urban agriculture, and educate the community about farming in Orange County, California with Solutions for Urban Ag.   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 ...

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April 05, 2022 00:35:01
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Foodbanks in Crisis: Leading through Uncertainty

In this episode, Sarah meets with the association’s executive director, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, and the president & CEO of Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio, Julie Chase-Morefield. They discuss what Ohio’s foodbanks are experiencing amid rising costs and supply chain shortages and what makes these two foodbank leaders proud to lead, especially during these challenging times. They round out the discussion by talking about what they hope to see over the course of the upcoming year and what opportunities there are on both the state and federal levels to support our foodbanks and the clients we serve.     References:   See our ARPA request and our tweet thread detailing our request.   With inflation, supply-chain kinks, plight of Ohio food banks grows, by Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal  Ohio food banks urge lawmakers to take action amid ‘impossible scenario’ for many families, by Lisa Hamler-Fugitt and Daniel R. Flowers, Akron Beacon Journal Opinion  Support the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio through the annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign, going on now. Apply to serve through one of our many AmeriCorps VISTA positions, available throughout Ohio, or encourage someone you know to consider national service. Find your local foodbank to find help, volunteer, and donate here.   Make sure you are getting all the tax credits that you are entitled to 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 ...

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March 22, 2022 00:31:27
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SNAP Outreach: Thoughts from the Field

In this episode, Joree speaks to Kam McKenzie, manager of SNAP outreach at the Freestore Foodbank, and Katie Gedeon, outreach manager at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and their work in connecting clients to SNAP and other benefits. They discuss how their work has changed because of the pandemic and what they would change about SNAP enrollment to make it easier and better for clients.     References:   Learn more about SNAP outreach and how to get help here.   Listen to our primer on the Thrifty Food Plan and SNAP here.   Are you an older adult enrolled in SNAP or do you know an older adult enrolled in SNAP? Fill out our survey interest form here.   Find your local foodbank to find help, volunteer, and donate here.   Make sure you are getting all the tax credits that you are entitled to 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 ...

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