July 15, 2014
Representative from governor's office toured SE Ohio Food Bank and summer feeding sites

The governor's office gave money to the food bank at the end of last year, and that money was mostly spent on the backpack program. The program issues discreet backpacks filled with food that children take home on weekends that is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumable and vitamin fortified.

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July 14, 2014
Food program fills void for rural kids in need

The aging van winds along the 62-mile route for nearly four hours, stopping and starting and slowly divesting itself of packages. The delivery route is lined with crushing poverty. Unemployment, low-wage jobs, food-stamp and welfare cuts have devastated families already on the edge. Melody Lucas said the depth of need ni her home county often surprises visitors. But on those days when the van goes out loaded and comes back mostly empty, Lucas said, "We know those kids had something to eat."

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July 12, 2014
Reentry center to give fresh start, offenders grow for foodbanks

Combining the work of multiple agencies, the Terry Collins Reentry Center opened its doors Friday to help offenders learn the life skills needed to prepare for life after incarceration. A garden behind the center is being used to grow sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, onions and strawberries, which will be donated to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

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