WASHINGTON — With poverty and food insecurity on the rise across Ohio, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) is hoping to keep as many children as possible fed this summer.
“Middle class families who used to work and donate at food banks now find themselves on the other end,” Brown said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.
He added that the more than 815,000 children in Ohio who qualify for free and reduced school lunches will face worse problems during the summer months.
“Childhood hunger is at a record high in Ohio. One in four children live in homes that are food insecure,” noted Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks.
Brown said he hopes to get the word out about the Summer Food Service Program, which operates 1,200 feeding sites in 75 counties in Ohio for students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.
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