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How to Combat Food Insecurity in Ohio

In 2006, "food insecurity" supplanted "hunger" as the way the United States' government describes Americans who don't haven enough to eat. No matter what term is used, while society and technology has accelerated, so has the number of people going hungry - increasing by  57 percent since the late 1990s.

Today you can find hunger where you likely least expect it: in  the homes of senior citizensthe suburbs, and  on college campuses. Overall, one in six Americans doesn't have enough to eat.

Ohio, with one of the nation's highest food insecurity rates at  16.1 percent, is not immune to these trends. Why? How did we get here? And is it reasonable to expect actionable solutions to ensure all Ohioans have access to healthy food?

Panelists include:

Nicole Debose, MPA, MHA, County Extension Director, Cuyahoga County Extension, The Ohio State University 

Andrew D. Genszler, President & CEO, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Henry Ng, M.D., Director for Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, The MetroHealth System

Kristin Warzocha, President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank

This conversation is moderated by ideastream® reporter/producer  Darrielle Snipes.

A native of Akron and graduate of Kent State University, Jean-Marie Papoi has been working in the field of video production for 15 years. Since joining Ideastream Public Media in 2016, she's enjoyed filming and telling the stories of community members throughout Northeast Ohio.