The recent passage of the farm bill is good news for our neighbors experiencing hunger and the daily challenge of putting food on their tables. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) funded under the bill was increased from $140 million to $250 million per year. Although how much of this that turns into food in Ohio remains to be seen, the prospects of a meaningful increase in the number of meals on the plates of those in need is a cause for hope.

Your community Foodbank serves 350 food pantries, hot meal sites and shelters in eight counties, including Summit, Stark, Medina, Wayne, Portage, Tuscarawas, Carroll and Holmes. The number of individuals requesting emergency food assistance throughout this network has surged to 160,000 annually, which is an increase of 60 percent since 2000.

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