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Advocates For Low Income Ohioans Urge Governor To Apply For Federal Food Assistance Waivers

Statehouse News Bureau
Lisa Hamler Fugitt, Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks

Advocates for the poor in Ohio are calling on Gov. John Kasich to take action now to get more federal money for food programs.

The head of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says the state should request a federal waiver that would allow more dollars to flow to agencies that help provide food for Ohio’s poorest citizens. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt says for the past three years, the state hasn’t applied for that help. And she says that means Ohio hasn’t been able to maximize its potential to get food for low income people.

“It is good policy. It is good for health. It is good for Ohio.”

This year's waiver deadline is coming up in the next few weeks. 

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