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Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
2019 Statistics

Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank currently serves approximately 250 non-profit agencies in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood Counties.


TNWOFB at a Glance

  • 1 in 7 people (overall) and 1 in 5 children are at risk of hunger in Northwest Ohio
  • 100 million pounds of food has been distributed by the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank since our creation in 1984
  • 5,740,062 pounds of food was distributed throughout 8 counties in NWO during 2019
  • 11,325 pounds of food in defiance, Henry, Fulton, and Williams county were delivered by the Harvest Market in 2019
  • 1,289,856 pounds of fresh produce, bread, dairy, meat, baked goods, and assorted items were delivered by the Mobile food pantry in 2019
  • 947,903 instances of people being served in 2019 through member agencies in the 8 counties served
  • 139,789 instances of children being served by the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank network in 2019
  • 4,783,385 meals were provided in 2019

Numbers at a Glance (2014 Hunger Study)

  • 68 percent of client households fall at or below 100 percent of the poverty level
  • 32 percent of households report choosing between paying for food and paying for school loans, tuition, or other educational expenses at least once in the past 12 months
  • 76 percent of all clients have attained a high school degree or General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or more
  • 63 percent of households report choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care at least once in the past 12 months
  • 56 percent of households report choosing between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage at least once in the past 12 months
  • 68 percent of households report choosing between paying for food and paying for transportation or gas for a car at least once in the past 12 months
  • 71 percent of households report choosing between paying or food and paying for utilities at least once in the past 12 months

Information and facts from 2014 Hunger Study,
a quadrennial study done by Feeding America to assess the hunger needs of those living across the country
and within our Food Bank’s service area. -- Feeding America: 2014 Hunger in America Study


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