Amid the scrimping and scraping to fund state programs, it is heartening that John Kasich has dropped some much-needed money into the foodbank bucket. Last week, the governor issued an executive order for $1.5 million to be shared among Ohio foodbanks to meet immediate needs, with some of the funds supporting distributions of locally grown fruits and vegetables to poor households.
Hunger rises in step with poverty. As the poverty rate has climbed across Ohio during the past several years, so has the number of people who canít afford enough to eat. Food insecurity has reached deep, as recent studies indicate, into the suburbs, rural areas and cities. For poor children, the risk of hunger is acute during the summer months, when many lose access to school meals. Every extra dollar to the foodbanks means a little less hunger in Ohio.