The state's food banks were already struggling with low inventory on their shelves and longer lines of people reaching out for help. And now they're suffering two big blows from this week's windstorms - more people needing food and less food available, since a lot of perishable and frozen food had to be thrown away. Lisa Hamlar Fugitt is the executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks. She spoke with statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler.
Food banks are asking Ohioans who can spare non-perishable foods, ready to eat or boxed meals, or juice and water to consider donating it, and are also appealing for financial donations as well. Hamlar-Fugitt says the budget cuts announced by Governor Strickland last week will hurt the anti-hunger organizations as well.