Fewer Ohioans Self-Sufficient Seven Years After Recession…
The number of Ohioans living in households with incomes low enough to make them eligible for help from foodbanks has increased by more than 356,000 people since the end of the Great Recession.
Data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) show that from 2011-2015, about 34 percent of all individuals in Ohio, or more than 3.8 million people, lived in households with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $40,000 a year for a family of three. That’s up from about 31 percent, or about 3.46 million people, from 2005-2009.
Ohio’s metropolitan areas, which represent about 83 percent of Ohio’s total population, have collectively seen an 11.39 percentage increase in the number of residents living below self-sufficiency from 2005-2009 (2,750,729 people) to 2011-2015 (3,064,056 people).
At the county level, 22 counties have 4 in 10 or more of their residents living in households eligible for help from foodbanks.
Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 75 still had more individuals living in households with incomes below the self-sufficiency standard from 2011-2015 than from 2005-2009.
Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks said “With the serious potential for deep, harmful cuts and changes to programs like SNAP and Medicaid at the federal level, we urge Ohio to make its own investments in policies and programs that promote livable wages and support emergency safety nets.”
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is seeking $30 million per year in the 2018-19 state biennial budget to support a comprehensive approach to hunger relief.
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