The Oberlin Review

Soup Kitchens Feel the Pinch as Layoffs Continue

John Cheng, Staff Writer

February 28, 2009

As unemployment increases, Lorain Country residents are further tightening their belts by turning to food pantries and soup kitchens. But these organizations are also suffering from decreased resources all around. On Saturday, Feb. 21, College junior Sydney Harris, the coordinator of the Hunger and Homelessness Campaign for the Ohio Public Research Institute Group in Oberlin, led OPIRG volunteers serving at the hot meals program hosted by Grace Lutheran Church. "Poverty and hunger are a much bigger issue in Oberlin than most of us care to admit," said Harris. According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 14.2 percent of Lorain County's residents relied on food stamps in 2007. Nationwide, over...

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