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October 20, 2017
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Obama addresses Ohio's rising demand for food banks
(2008-07-01)
(WOUB) - The number of Ohioans served by soup kitchens rose more than 50 percent from the beginning of 2006 to the start of this year.

It's part of a trend of rising demand for the nation's emergency food banks.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama highlights the issue today when he plans to visit an eastern Ohio agency providing food, clothing and other services to needy families.

Obama's trip to Zanesville is his second to battleground Ohio in two weeks.

The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks says the number of households served by Ohio's food banks rose 18 percent from January 2006 to January 2008.

The number of people served by soup kitchens rose 53 percent during the same time. The amount of food distributed to the state's food pantries dropped 19 percent.
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