Did You Know: August 2014

Thanks to our generous bFoodbank2014oard and workshop attendees, OPA collected 258 meals for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Operation Feed. Congratulations to Dr. Mary Schaffer, who won the drawing to attend an OPA workshop for free.

Thousands of people in Ohio are facing hunger. People who never thought this could happen to them are struggling just to get by. Many are faced with difficult situations, having to choose between paying for housing, utilities or medical expenses and putting food on the table.

One in six Ohioans is food insecure. They don’t know where a next meal is coming from. It could be your coworker, friend, or neighbor. Many struggling families have to choose between paying for housing, utilities or medical expenses and putting food on the table.

  • More than 248,000 individuals receive emergency food each year through Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
  • 35% of food requests from pantries are for children. 15% are for senior citizens.
  • About half of client households have at least one working adult.
  • Only 5% of clients are homeless; 1 in 5 is a homeowner.

The American Psychological Association (APA) provides a summary of the myriad effects of poverty, homelessness and hunger on children and youth. Below are just a few of the effects.

  • A community sample that classified low-income children ages six to twelve as “hungry, ” “at-risk for hunger,” or “not hungry” found that hungry children were significantly more likely to receive special education services, to have repeated a grade in school, and to have received mental health counseling than at-risk-for-hunger or not-hungry children.
  • In this same study, hungry children exhibited 7 to 12 times as many symptoms of conduct disorder (such as fighting, blaming others for problems, having trouble with a teacher, not listening to rules, stealing) than their at-risk or not-hungry peers.
  • Among low-income children, those classified as “hungry” show increased anxious, irritable, aggressive and oppositional behavior in comparison to peers.
  • Additionally, the multiple stressors associated with poverty result in significantly increased risk for developing psychiatric and functional problems.