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Coshocton County hosts Community Conversations on hunger

| December 26, 2014

COSHOCTON – Coshocton County Job and Family Services, in partnership with Mid-Ohio Foodbank, will host a series of community conversations designed to develop and explore sustainable ways to tackle hunger in our community.

Last year, one in six Ohioans and one in four children struggled with hunger. In Coshocton County, more than 40 percent of residents have annual incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level making them eligible for food assistance at food pantries. The community conversations will bring together a diverse group of organizations, businesses, and residents to examine the strength of current efforts and to develop strategies to build on those efforts.

“We know that hunger cannot be solved by just one organization alone, but rather by communities of people and organizations who are committed to making food accessible to all people,” said Mid-Ohio Foodbank President & CEO Matt Habash. “These conversations are about local communities discovering the specific actions that will work best in their specific community to meet the hunger needs of those they serve; and it creates a role for those who want to step in and help.”

The entire community is invited to participate. More information is available at http://www.midohiofoodbank.org/hunger-movement.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides food to hundreds of thousands of hungry Ohioans each year by partnering with more than 650 community partners across 20 counties in central and eastern Ohio, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, and after-school programs. Since 1980, the Foodbank has been dedicated to feeding hungry people by collecting and distributing food and grocery products, educating the community about hunger, advocating for hunger-relief programs, and collaborating with others who address basic human needs. In 2013, the Foodbank distributed more than 53 million pounds of food and grocery products to their partner charities, providing enough food for more than 121,000 meals per day. Mid-Ohio Foodbank is a member of Feeding Americ. For more information or to donate, advocate, or volunteer, visit www.midohiofoodbank.org.

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