[More than 1 in 4 families with children did not have enough money to buy food in the past 12 months, according to a report released yesterday. That compares with about 1 in 6 for childless households.
Not having enough money for food has been a frequent worry for Ezell Johnson of the North Side since he began looking after his three young grandchildren about a year ago.
“We get by,” he said. “It’s scary.”
Johnson, 58, was injured on a construction job about six years ago and has been living on disability assistance. On a recent afternoon, he was among dozens who came to a Columbus park for free melons, peaches and fresh produce at a farmers market hosted by a Clintonville-area food pantry.
“We’re happy to see something like this out here. It helps.”
The report found that Ohio ranked 20th in the nation for food hardship and was home to seven of the 100 most troubled metropolitan areas; only California and Florida had more.]