Greater Cleveland Food Bank

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State Budget News

For 16 years, the 12 Food Banks in Ohio, serving 2 million people through 3300 member pantries and hot meal programs, have enjoyed the support of the State of Ohio for the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program and the Ohio Food Program. This partnership enables food banks to purchase fresh produce and protein items from Ohio farmers and food producers.

The Ohio House and Senate together added $5.25 million/year to these successful programs in the 2016-2017 state budget, bringing the total to $19.75 million/year (compared to $14.5 million in the current budget.)  This could mean so much more nutritious food each year for low income clients served across the state! The budget is expected to pass the Senate on Wednesday, June 17. It will then proceed to the conference committee, and then to the Governor.  We are very optimistic!

Thanks so much to everyone who reached out to House and Senate members throughout this process, for your conversations with key legislators, for making phone calls and sending emails.  It all added to the drum beat that resulted in our success.

Please add your thanks to our friends from our counties- in leadership (Senator Obhof), on Finance, (Senators Patton and Skindell), and on the Workforce subcommittee (Senators Yuko and Williams).  They were all very supportive. 

Senator Frank LaRose from Akron offered the amendment for us!