Fri August 12, 2011
Group claims 1 in 4 Ohio families couldn't afford food
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A report says Ohio is worse than half of other states when it comes to hunger, with more than one in four families lacking the means to buy food in the past 12 months.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio is 20th for food hardship in the analysis released Thursday by the anti-hunger group Food Research and Action Center. The state has seven of the 100 most troubled metropolitan areas, worse than all but one state.
Youngstown was third worst in the nation for hungry families, with Dayton 20th, Columbus 31st and Toledo 35th. The Cleveland, Cincinnati and Akron metro areas also made the list.
The report comes from Gallup poll data. Children were asked if there had been times in the past year when their family couldn't afford food.