All you should know and do to help end hunger in our community

Welcome to the Hunger Hub.

This virtual resource for all things hunger-related in Columbus and throughout Franklin County is the product of an unprecedented collaborative effort among key providers -- Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Children’s Hunger Alliance, LifeCare Alliance, and Lutheran Social Services Food Pantries -- and important funders such as the Nationwide Insurance Foundation.

Your voice is needed! Learn how hunger affects everyone. Discover why the impacts of hunger and poverty are more interconnected throughout our community than ever before. And join us to find an end to hunger once and for all.

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Marking 50th Anniversary of Food Stamp Act

Hunger Hub marks the 50th anniversary of the Food Stamp Act of 1964, groundbreaking legislation to help American families struggling with poverty and hunger.

Learn about the modern-day "SNAP Gap" and the economic impact of federal food assistance in Franklin County today.

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Prescription for Fresh Food

LSS Food Pantries is partnering with Mid-Ohio FoodBank and the Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers on a new effort to encourage physicians at the clinics to provide patients with a "prescription" for fresh produce at one of our Columbus pantries.

Typically, when doctors recommend adding more fruits and vegetables to patients' diets, they don't ask if they have access to these foods or if they can afford them. Now, LSS Food Pantries will be that answer and will have a system in place to manage and track referrals.

Power Up with Free Meals

Starting this Fall, every student in Columbus City Schools will get a free lunch -- along with free breakfast -- regardless of family income.

It’s simple: hungry kids can’t learn. The “Power Up with Free Meals” initiative will have major impacts on both student success and hunger in our city’s urban core.

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Share Your Favorite Lunchtime Memories

Tater tots? Pizza? Grilled cheese on Texas toast with tomato soup?

Think back to your school days. What was your favorite food for lunch?

Read the cafeteria memories that people throughout Columbus are sharing and posting to the Hunger Hub. What’s yours?

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Send Your Lunchtime Memory

Think back to your school days. What was your favorite food for lunch?

Hunger Hub is counting down to the launch of a game-changing lunch initiative by the Columbus City Schools.

To mark the announcement and its impact on hunger in our urban core, share your cafeteria memories with an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to Hunger Hub.

Send your favorite food or cafeteria moment by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet us @ColsHungerHub.

Breakfast: Starting the Day with Energy instead of Hunger Pain

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A good breakfast fuels you up. Free breakfasts from Children's Hunger Alliance and its summer partners are helping at-risk kids and teens throughout Columbus gain more energy, eat healthier, and start the day hunger free. 

CHA, Columbus Museum of Art Present Food Challenge for Kids at Local School

Children’s Hunger Alliance has partnered with the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) to provide educational and enjoyable programs for children at summer meal program sites in Franklin County. CMA's first appearance was at Trevitt Elementary School

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Veggie SNAP helps more enjoy fresh produce

For the nearly quarter million area residents who rely on federal food assistance to eat each month, a new effort by Franklin County and the City of Columbus will provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets.

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Snapshots of Summer: Half-a-Million Meals

A picture is worth a thousand words. But the important number this summer is how many at-risk kids take advantage of free meals.

Hunger Hub founding partner Children’s Hunger Alliance looks to top more than half-a-million meals in Columbus.

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School Report Cards Reflect Impact of Poverty and Hunger

In Ohio's high schools where the majority of students are economically disadvantaged, nine out of every ten schools received low grades on their state academic report card.

But a recent report shows how three high schools here in Columbus Public Schools beat the odds that poverty and hunger stacked against their students.

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Columbus City Schools to Offer Free Lunch

Starting this fall, every student in Columbus City Schools will receive a free lunch.

Both hunger and poverty have a disproportional impact on the children. Hungry kids can't learn. And it's more than just being distracted by a growling stomach.

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Food Aid for Poor Franklin County Families Also Feeds Local Economy and Jobs

Every $5 in federal funds spent on feeding hungry and poor families in Franklin County generates an $8 impact on the county’s economic output.

Hunger Hub unveils a new study by the region's most respected economist showing the impacts of federally-funded food programs on all Central Ohioans, not just those who receive assistance.

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