As Ohio governor John Kasich campaigns for votes in New Hampshire and Iowa, he has also received praise for fighting hunger. Last month the Ohio Association of Foodbanks called governor Kasich “a true champion for our emergency hunger relief efforts.”
Kasich recently signed an Executive Order supporting the Ohio Food Program and Agricultural Clearance Program. These two initiatives provide fruits, vegetables and other nutritious food to Ohio foodbanks.
There are 12 foodbanks in Ohio that are part of the Feeding America network, fighting hunger in communities across the country. Ohio and other states have been hard hit by hunger over the last decade.
Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, the director of the Ohio Foodbanks, says “as he has done so many times before, Governor Kasich has risen to the challenge. He’s responded at a critical time to keep food pantry shelves stocked and food on the table for local families. His leadership and investment in hunger relief helps our member foodbanks respond to the growing need in their communities.”
Governor Kasich and First Lady Karen Kasich also have donated to the weekend backpack program that fights child hunger. At school, children are provided food to take home over the weekend. This is a vital program because it fills in the gaps when needy children cannot access the free or reduced prices meals at school.
The weekend back plan, as well as summer feeding, need to be expanded across the country to fight hunger. As President Harry Truman once said “No nation is any healthier than its children.” Well-fed children do better in school.
Fighting hunger is a major campaign issue. The next president will need to make fighting hunger a priority in terms of domestic policy, but also foreign policy.