Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, Carol Whitmer


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During Heinz College Reunion 2009, alumni gathered for a presentation titled “Transforming Communities: IT, Civic Engagement and Economic Development.” The panel was moderated by Rick Stafford, MSPPM 1972, Heinz College Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy. Panelists shared examples of their application of policy and technology to advance cities, government and businesses.

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Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, Carol Whitmer

  1. 1. Transforming Communities ,<br />IT, Civic Engagement, and Economic Development<br />October 31, 2009<br />
  2. 2. Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks<br /><ul><li>Represents 12 foodbanks, which distribute food to nearly 3,000 member charities, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other food assistance organizations, located across Ohio in all 88 counties.
  3. 3. In State Fiscal Year 2009, members distributed more than 113.7 million pounds of food and grocery items through the network, with more than 24.5 million pounds of this food being provided through OASHF’s core food programs.</li></li></ul><li>What is the Ohio Benefit Bank<br />The Ohio Benefit Bank(OBB) is an Internet-based counselor-assisted program run by OASHF that helps low and moderate individuals and families file for state and federal tax credits and benefits. <br />Clients can use our online self-serve tax filing service or visit an OBB site to file taxes.<br />There are over 850 sites throughout Ohio.<br />
  4. 4. What Programs Do We Support<br />We support 22 Work Support Programs including:<br /><ul><li>Food Assistance Program(Formally Foodstamps)
  5. 5. Home Energy Assistance
  6. 6. Women, Infant, and Children(WIC)
  7. 7. Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)
  8. 8. Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Credit
  9. 9. USD Child Nutrition Programs</li></li></ul><li>What is the Impact?<br />In SFY 2009<br />Returned to Local Communities<br />$106,807,515<br />
  10. 10. OBB Statewide Results SFY 2009<br />
  11. 11. Since Inception in 2006<br />Returned to Local Communities<br />$147,354,371<br />
  12. 12. Job Creation<br /><ul><li>The Ohio Benefit Program creates jobs through its tax and benefits returns:
  13. 13. In 2006, 21 jobs were created
  14. 14. In 2007, 109 jobs were created
  15. 15. In 2008, between Jan. 1 and Oct 31, 453 jobs were created
  16. 16. In 2009, the creation of 625 jobs is projected</li></ul>8<br />
  17. 17. Electronic Submission <br /><ul><li>In December of 2008, The OBB in partnership with the Governor’s Office and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, launched the e-gateway, allowing Ohioans to electronically submit their food assistance and medical coverage applications directly to their County Departments of Job and Family Services(CDJFS).
  18. 18. In May of 2009, Electronic Submission was enhanced to include Electronic Signature, allowing clients to electronically sign their Food Assistance and Medicaid applications prior to electronically submitting them to their CDJFS.
  19. 19. Through June 18, OBB sites have submitted over 5,400 applications to 86 of 88 counties.</li></ul>9<br />
  20. 20. The OBB Express!<br />The OBB Express allows us to go to remote locations throughout Ohio to help enroll clients in public benefits.<br />
  21. 21. Food Stamp Outreach Program<br /><ul><li>The Association runs a food stamp outreach program at six of its foodbanks.
  22. 22. Program uses a gap analysis to target high need areas throughout the state.</li></li></ul><li>What Does the Gap Analysis Look Like<br />Data Source: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Public Assistance Monthly Statistics Report, June 2009.<br />US Census Bureau<br />
  23. 23. Questions?<br />Carol Whitmer<br />Food Programs Manager<br />Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks<br />(614) 221 – 4336<br />carol@oashf.org<br />