Ohio Ranks High in Hunger

by Kelly Choate on September 13, 2011 at 6:17 am

More Ohio families are suffering from hunger – one of six households are unable to afford enough food.

A new federal report shows that Ohio ranks sixth in the nation for hunger.  Executive director of Christ’s Table Keely Warden said food insecurity is on the rise in Muskingum County.

"It’s been a tough summer," said Warden.  "We’ve seen an influx of people coming through our doors – families and individuals.  We’ve seen an 8.5% increase in meals served this year compared to last year."

Warden said all of the food pantries in our area have experienced similar situations.  She said a variety of factors impact these statistics.

"I think the economy has a lot to do with it," said Warden.  "The unemployment rate is a big part of that.  I think gas prices have a lot to do with it too.  When you go to the grocery store, you can see the increasing prices.  It’s like a rubber band that keeps stretching, and these families are starting to break."

If you need help, or wish to donate groceries, you can call 2-1-1.