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Ohio foodbanks say they can't handle the load if food stamps are cut
Census numbers show extreme poverty in Ohio is up 65 percent since 2000
Story by KELSEY LEYVA


 
Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, says that food stamps are the first line of defense against hunger.
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The latest Census report revealed that extreme poverty in Ohio is up 65 percent since 2000.

The House of Representatives plans to vote Thursday on a bill that will cut the food stamp program by $40 billion over the next 10 years.

With the food stamp program shrinking and poverty increasing, more people will be looking to foodbanks for assistance. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt is the director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. She says that it is unrealistic to think that foodbanks could keep up with the increasing number of people in need.

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“Food stamps are the first line of defense against hunger. It’s time that we make investments in our social safety net. Charity alone cannot fill the gap that’s being created when we see massive disinvestments across all government programs.”

The association and its network of providers served more than 7.8 million Ohioans in 2011.

Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, is also fighting the food stamp cut.  

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