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March 08, 2022 00:36:45
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It's AmeriCorps Week!

In anticipation of AmeriCorps Week next week (March 13-19), we show our appreciation for all our AmeriCorps members – both past and present – that have built the capacity of our network, committed to serving their country and community, and have deeply impacted their colleagues, their host sites, and the communities they serve. In this episode, Joree interviews our director of community services, Maureen Allen, and our national service program coordinator, Carrie Dennis, about what makes service to your country and community so special.   Thank you to AmeriCorps VISTA members Carl Alcorn, Destiny Braden, Adam Householder, Amanda Draeger, and Tracy Excell for sharing their experiences and their impact with Just a Bite!   References:   Find open AmeriCorps VISTA positions within our network here.   Learn more about AmeriCorps Week here.  Read about the history of AmeriCorps. Make sure you are getting all the tax credits that you are entitled to here.     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 ...

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February 22, 2022 00:30:41
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Twos-day!

It’s 2-22-22, on a Tuesday no less! Yes, today is the last palindrome date until January 20, 3021 and since neither of us plan on being alive in a millennium from now, your Just a Bite podcast duo wanted to celebrate Twos-day with a look-back at some other important dates related to food security, nutrition, poverty, foodbanking, and more. Join us for a discussion about some of the data and dates of our past and present on this Twos-day!  References:    Feeding America: History of Food Banks   Feeding America: Our Lawmakers Must Invest in TEFAP   Congressional Research Service TEFAP Background and Funding   “2 years after Hesiman speech, Burrow’s contribution still being felt by Ohio food pantry,” Whitney Harding, NBC4   AOF Public Benefits Eligibility Infographic    AOF Winter 2022 Family Checklist   Make sure you are getting all the tax credits that you are entitled to here.    Email and call your U.S. representative to support an additional $900 million in TEFAP funding.    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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February 08, 2022 00:26:14
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Expert Insights on Family Tax Credits with Professor Lauren Jones

Sarah spoke with Lauren Jones, a professor in the Department of Human Sciences and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, about the expansion of the enhanced Child Tax Credit. Lauren walks the listeners through some of the leading research about cash payments and tax credits to families and its benefits to the children receiving these payments. Professor Jones also addresses the common misconceptions about the enhanced Child Tax Credit, explaining why these arguments may be inconsistent with the research. We hope that listeners walk away understanding the Child Tax Credit as an anti-poverty, anti-hunger policy by the end of this episode.   Resources:    The letter signed by 400+ economists, including Professor Jones, urging Congress to make the enhanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) permanent.   “Expanded Child Tax Credit should be made permanent, research says” by Lauren E. Jones, Columbus Dispatch Opinion  9 in 10 Families with Low Incomes are using Child Tax Credits to Pay for Necessities, Education by Claire Zippel, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities   U.S. Census Bureau Week 40 Household Pulse Survey  “The Anti-Poverty, Targeting and Labor Supply Effects of the Proposed Child Tax Credit Expansion” by Kevin Corinth, Bruce Meyer, Matthew Stadnicki, and Derek Wu, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago  “Estimating the Net Fiscal Cost of a Child Tax Credit Expansion” by Jacob Goldin, Elaine Maag, and Katherine Michelmore, National Bureau of Economic Research   “The Effects of Child Tax Benefits on Poverty and Labor Supply: Evidence from the Canada Child Benefit and ...

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January 25, 2022 00:36:00
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Our Funds, Our Future: The American Rescue Plan Act in Ohio

Sarah has a conversation with Kelsey Bergfeld and Sarah Hudacek from Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) about their work around the allocation of American Rescue Plan Act discretionary funds and the need for the state to engage in a transparent process and solicit public input to allocate those funds. As a partner of AOF who is anticipating ever-growing need in our foodbank lines, AOF is supportive of our $183 million request for ARPA funds to address immediate needs and support strong and equitable recovery so that Ohio can continue to weather future crises.     Resources:    The Ohio Association of Foodbanks Request for ARPA Funds  “Ohio foodbanks starting to go hungry,” by Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal   “Org leaders: Health, food security should be top priority in ARPA spending,” by Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal  State of Ohio: “Supremes Throw Out GOP Maps, COVID Effect on the Hungry,” hosted by Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau  “How States Can Best Use Federal Fiscal Recovery Funds: Lessons from State Choices So Far,” by Ed Lazere, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities  Visit the Advocates for Ohio’s Future website for more information on the American Rescue Plan and their other work.   Connect with Advocates for Ohio’s Future on Facebook 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! ...

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January 11, 2022 00:17:35
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Our 2022 crystal ball for anti-hunger advocacy

Happy 2022! To kick off the year, Joree and Sarah give listeners a run down of what 2022 has in store for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks advocacy agenda. We predict that 2022 will be a busy year on both the state and federal levels, with the continued implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) at the state level, the possible end of the public health emergency, the Build Back Better Act (still!), Child Nutrition Reauthorization, preparation for the next state budget and the Farm Bill, and more. Everything feels very uncertain right now, but we are hopeful for the future. We are ready to get to work!  Resources:    The Ohio Association of Foodbanks Request for ARPA Funds  “Ohio foodbanks starting to go hungry,” by Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal   “Supporting food banks of Ohio,” column by Senator Sherrod Brown, Wilmington News Journal  Want to help spread the word? Click here to order free marketing materials, and find template social media content at getcoveredohio.org/outreach. Connect with Get Covered Ohio on Twitter and Facebook.  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!    For a transcript of this episode, click here.     ...

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December 28, 2021 00:09:29
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Traditions, reflections, and recipes for a new year

In this mini-episode, Sarah and Joree close out the year by sharing some of their favorite holiday traditions, reflecting on the particular mixed bag that is Christmas 2021, and sending everyone off with a couple of favorite budget-friendly recipes to ring in the new year. References:   Org leaders: Health, food security should be top priority in ARPA spending, Ohio Capital Journal  Recipe for budget-friendly cabbage and noodles here (courtesy Fox Valley Foodie)  Recipe for budget-friendly oven pancakes here (courtesy of All Recipes - Joree's grandmother's version replaces the butter with vegetable oil)  bell hooks, groundbreaking feminist thinker, dies at 69, PBS News Hour  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!   For a transcript of this episode, click here.      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 ...

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