COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Getting a meal on the dinner table continues to be a struggle for a number of Ohioans.
New data from the U.S.D.A. indicates food insecurity remains a problem, with more than 16 percent of Ohio households experiencing a time during the year when food intake was reduced and eating patterns disrupted because of a lack of money and other resources for food.
President of the Food Research and Action Center Jim Weill says food insecurity is an across-the-board problem, affecting people of all ages. Said Weill: "There are too few jobs and jobs frequently are paying wages that aren’t enough to lift families above the poverty line, and that shows up in the food insecurity numbers. Appalling numbers of Americans report struggling to buy enough food to last the entire month."
Weill said that SNAP benefits will drop in November with the expiration of the stimulus spending from 2009. For a household of three, it means $29 less a month to spend on food.
According to the report, the overall rate of food insecurity remained virtually unchanged since 2008. Still, one-in-six Americans lived in households struggling against hunger in 2012.
Ohio Ranks 10th in the nation for low food security.