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.

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