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Sykes Commends Approval of Funding for Food Banks

October 5, 2022
Vernon Sykes News
This week, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) supported the Ohio Controlling Board’s decision to release $15 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to food banks, so that they can acquire and distribute food to Ohioans.

“Rising costs and inflation are causing more Ohioans to rely on food banks to provide their basic necessities,” said Sykes, who is a member of the Controlling Board. “As it has become more difficult to afford food, food banks have been the unsung heroes that stepped up to provide essential nutrition for families.”

According to the Department of Job and Family Services, these funds will allow the agency to work with Ohio-based producers and processors to purchase, transport, store, and distribute livestock, dairy, and poultry protein products. Funding will be administered through the 13 regional food banks, who will purchase and distribute products based on local needs and availability.

Additional distribution details for these funds can be found here.