Connecting With Our Legislators

It is good when our state legislators are able to see what we do and understand the issues from our vantage point. State Representatives Nathan Manning (Dist-55), Dan Ramos (Dist-56), Dick Stein (Dist-57), and Steve Arndt (Dist-89) have all been able to visit the Nordson Food Distribution Center for tours and updates on our operations during February and early March. We were able to engage in conversation about how the decisions made on the state biennial budget will affect those we serve.

On Thursday, February 23, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks held a Partner Recognition Luncheon and Lobby Day at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. Representatives from Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and their hunger relief partner agencies attended the event, as well as dozens of farmers and growers from Ohio’s agricultural community who partner with Ohio’s foodbanks on the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program.

Foodbank representatives and partners attended meetings with state legislators to discuss the issue of hunger in Ohio and ask them to support A Comprehensive Approach to Hunger Relief in the 2018-19 state budget. This radio interview with Chad Buurma, president of Buurma Farms in Huron County, explains more about the event and the need for support. To learn more about the Ohio Association of Foodbanks request for a $30 million per year allocation to support hunger relief efforts in Ohio, take a look at this one-page overview. You can join the movement to advocate for hunger relief funding, too – just add your name to the petition on the Ohio Association of Foodbanks website. Full support of this request will allow your Food Bank and foodbanks throughout Ohio to direct more nutritious foods and wrap-around services to people in need.

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