Hunger Knows No Season

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This statement is truer than ever as Ohio households are facing more food insecurity today than they have in the past ten years.  A recent article in The Columbus Dispatch by Catherine Candisky reports that Ohio is the 10th worst state for food insecurity.

“A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than 1 in 6 Ohio households faced ‘food insecurity’ from 2010 to 2012, up 6.3 percentage points from a decade earlier, 2000 to 2002,” reported Candisky. “Ten years ago, 29 states were worse off in overall food insecurity than Ohio. Now, only 9 are.”

To address the fact that one in six households in Ohio don’t have consistent access to adequate nutrition, The Salvation Army, Kroger and WBNS-10TV are sounding an urgent call to Central Ohio neighbors to donate non-perishable food during the “Hunger Knows No Season” Food Drive October 6-19.  Items will be collected at all Franklin and Delaware County Kroger Stores.

Krista Ross, Salvation Army Director of Social Services, believes that Central Ohioans will once again step forward to help bring food to the hungry members of our community.  Having collection bins at all local Kroger stores will enable people to easily donate a few items when they are at stores shopping for their own groceries.

The Salvation Army in Central Ohio combats hunger daily through seven food pantries, a street outreach meal program and several community meals offered weekly around Central Ohio.

The “Hunger Knows No Season” campaign will begin Oct. 6 and run through Oct. 19. Please help our hungry neighbors in Central Ohio by donating non-perishable food items at your local Kroger stores. Just look for the marked bins in all Central Ohio area Kroger locations to drop off your donations.

In 2012, The Salvation Army in Central Ohio provided more than 91,000 hungry people hot meals, fixings for a holiday meal or a three-day supply of healthy food choices.  Let’s make 2013 an even better year for our Central Ohio families in need.  Visit www.salvationarmycentralohio.org for more information.

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