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Hunger 101

Ohio Hunger Statistics

In any given week, 230,000 Ohioans receive emergency food assistance

35% of them are children under 18

One out of ten of those children are under 5

78% of households served in Ohio are Food Insecure

50% of Ohioans served have to choose between paying for food  or paying for utilities/heat

One Third have to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage


Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank Statistics 2015:

– Distributed more than 100 million pounds of food over the past 30 years.

– Currently serve approximately 250 non-profit agencies in 8 counties: Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood.

– Member agencies include: soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, non-profit daycare centers, rehabilitation centers, group homes, holiday food basket programs and special programs for children and the elderly.

– In 2015, distributed over 2,854,000 pounds of fresh produce.

–  More than 7,800,000 meals were served by soup kitchens, shelters and supplemental feeding sites from our member agency network.

– Through member agencies in the 8 counties served, more than 576,000 people received food assistance

– Over 191,000 children under 18 years old

• Donations come from both local and national companies, food drives and individual donors.

Hunger in America

Hunger in America 2014 is the largest, most comprehensive study ever conducted on domestic hunger-relief efforts.  The report chronicles data collected through more than 60,000 confidential client surveys and 32,000 surveys completed by Feeding America network food banks and their partner agencies. Hunger in America 2014 uses rigorous academic research standards and was conducted by Westat, recognized as one of the foremost research and statistical survey organizations in the United States. This study was also peer reviewed by a technical advisory team including researchers from American University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Urban Institute.

Access the full report at FeedingAmerica.org/HungerInAmerica. The 2014 Hunger In America study  shows that 1 in 5 people, or an estimated 576,000 people, in Northwest Ohio turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families.

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