Greater Cleveland Food Bank

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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.)  The budget was signed by Governor John Kasich on June 30, 2015, and will provide much more nutritious food each year for low income clients served across the state!

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 in the Senate- in leadership (Senator Obhof), on Finance, (Senators Patton and Skindell), and on the Workforce Subcommittee (Senators Yuko and Williams).  Please also send your thanks to our friends in the House- Rep. Dave Hall, Rep. Mike Dovilla, Rep. Nickie Antonio, and special thanks to Rep. Mark Romanchuk who offered the amendment.  They were all very supportive. 

Senator Frank LaRose from Akron offered the amendment for us in the Senate!