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Cleveland Plain Dealer oped on nuclear weapons

President Donald Trump can be a peacemaker and lead the world in eliminating nuclear weapons. Or he could lead us into a dangerous nuclear arms race.

If he looks to history, the president will see that mutual disarmament can be in our best interests. This year marks the 200th anniversary of a disarmament agreement that unfolded in Cleveland’s own backyard.

See my full article at the Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

 

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Christmas in July Arrives for Ohio Charity

Summer is a tough time for St. Vincent de Paul, a leading charity fighting hunger in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hunger rates are high where St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati operates, well above the national and state averages according to Feeding America.

But donations go down during the summer compared to the holiday giving season. With schools closed, many needy children lose access to the free lunches they get during the academic year. Impoverished families need even more help during the summer months.

While St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati has been struggling with this summer crisis, outside the city a different problem has been taking place at Burwinkel Farms of Ross, Ohio.

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Kasich a Champion for Hunger Relief

The coming primaries will decide who the Republicans will nominate for President. They would be wise to look to someone who can tackle issues of great national and international importance like hunger. For America usually goes with the candidate who shows leadership in feeding the hungry. John Kasich has.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

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Ohio hard hit by SNAP cuts

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks says the state is losing ground in the fight against hunger. More than two million Ohio residents are needing help from the state’s emergency food bank system.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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Hunger in Ohio: an update

Ohio’s rate of hunger is 16 percent according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s latest study. These are families and individuals that struggle to buy food. Their nutrition levels are reduced because they cannot purchase the best foods.

Read the article at Examiner.

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Ohio school to host hunger summit

Hunger is a major issue both at home and abroad. Nationally, there are 49 million people who are “food insecure.” Food stamps have been reduced by Congress placing a great strain on the Feeding America network.

Read the article at Examiner.

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Ohio Farm Feeds the Hungry, Prevents Food Waste

Burwinkel Farms donates food to the Holy Family Church Food Pantry in Price Hill, an agency part of the Freestore FoodBank network fighting hunger in the Cincinnati area.

Burwinkel Farms donates food to the Holy Family Church Food Pantry in Price Hill, an agency part of the Freestore FoodBank network fighting hunger in the Cincinnati area.

For Burwinkel Farms of Hamilton, Ohio the work day starts early picking corn in the fields. The “corn is as high as an elephant’s eye” is the famous lyric from the musical Oklahoma. Karen Burwinkel, the manager of the farm, says they cannot quite confirm this for they have never had an elephant visit.

What Burwinkels can say for certain is they have delicious corn and other yummy fruits and vegetables. Each summer morning, trucks are loaded with food to be taken to its locations across the Cincinnati area.

Burwinkel Farms is a summer tradition, one that has been operating since 1918.

Very quietly too Burwinkels is helping fight hunger in the community. Hunger is a silent, but serious crisis in the Cincinnati area. Feeding America says that 18.5 percent of the county’s population suffers from hunger. Among children the “food insecurity” rate skyrockets to 21.1 percent.

Burwinkels is helping out. For produce not sold, they make sure it is not wasted. Once a week, Burwinkels donates food to the Holy Family Church Food Pantry in Price Hill.

Diana Penick, who manages the pantry, says they have helped 7,170 families in need during the past year. She says, “In the past year we served 20,366 people. Not bad for a small church pantry!” The pantry is part of the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank system.

Burwinkels makes these donations during the summer months, which is most critical. Donations to food pantries often drop off during this time period compared to the holiday season. Also, during the summer many children lose access to the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. Summer feeding is available in some locations but has not reached anywhere near the coverage provided during the school year.

Burwinkel Farms makes its donation to Holy Family through its Delhi location on Sundays. This has been ongoing since last year. You can even stop by and “purchase” food to be added to the donation each week.

Hunger in America is a growing crisis, with more than 50 million people impacted. Tough economic times are here and the Congress is threatening to reduce the food stamp program (SNAP) which will place even more pressure on already overstretched food banks.

Following Burwinkels example is to waste no food, and do what you can to support hunger relief. That great summer delight of corn is something more than a nutritious food, but also brings hope to those in need.

For more information visit www.burwinkelfarms.com and also their Facebook page.

originally published at Cincinnati.com.

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