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Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
The FA system served by The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank provides emergency food for an estimated 87,100 different people annually.31% of the members of households served by The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).31% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 81% are food insecure and 39% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 22.214.171.124).55% of clients served by The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).43% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).24% of households served by The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank included approximately 200 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 154 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 127 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.74% of pantries, 48% of kitchens, and 19% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 78% of pantries, 70% of kitchens, and 79% of shelters of The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 72% of the food distributed by pantries, 33% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 14% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 91% of pantries, 84% of kitchens, and 78% of shelters in The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Policy Matters Ohio;
The opening of casinos in Cleveland and Toledo and the "racino" at Scioto Downs in Columbus means, among manyother things, additional tax revenue. A third casino is scheduled to open in Columbus on Oct. 8, with a fourth tofollow in Cincinnati next spring. This brief reviews tax revenue that may be produced by casinos, and how that compares with state cuts to schools and local governments. Any new revenue is a welcome addition to strained local budgets. However, casino revenue makes up only a fraction of the cuts that local governments recently sustained because of slashed revenue from the state and the impending end ofthe estate tax.
Americans for the Arts;
This document profiles 11 examples of arts and education institutions across the country that are working to solve community problems. Programs, which reflect a number of purposes, are organized by category. Large Urban Profiles, include: (1) "Bridgemaking" in Chicago: Chicago Arts Partnership in Education; (2) Learning by Working: Young Artists at Work, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo; (3) Arts Education: Local Priority: Arts Integration Program, Tucson/Pima Arts Council; and (4) Communications and Vocations: Arts Talk/Arts Workers, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Small Urban Profiles, look at (5) SPECTRA Plus: Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County; and (6) Art for Science's Sake in Fairbanks, Alaska: Arts & Science Collaboration, Denali Elementary School and Visual Enterprises. The Suburban Profile is: (7) "Strategy for Economic Development and Education: Blue Springs Arts 2000 Partnership. Rural Profiles present (8) Big Ideas in Small Places: Artists in Minnesota Schools & Communities, Minnesota Rural Arts Initiative COMPAS; (9) Parent Power for the Arts: Moms for Fun, Silver City, New Mexico; (10) Art for Every Student: Art in Education Special Project, Idaho's Salmon Arts Council and Brooklyn School; and (11) Theater Development Through Arts Education: Dell'Arte, Blue Lake, California. Common keys to program effectiveness are shown to be: leadership, vision, planning, community involvement, professional development, cooperative relationships, innovation, evaluation, and high quality services. Appendices list additional programs and contacts for the profiled programs.