Ohio ranks sixth in the nation in hunger, with one in six households not having enough money for food.
In its annual report on food insecurity, the United States Department of Agriculture found that conditions in Ohio have deteriorated since two years ago, when the state ranked twelfth in the nation with 13.2% of households struggling to buy food.
The downturn in Ohio is in contrast with the national picture. Across the nation, the percentage of U.S. households with food insecurity remained unchanged between 2008 and 2010.
A household is “food insecure” if a member of the household says in a survey that it does not have enough food for all members at some time during the year.
Five Southern states ranked higher than Ohio: Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, and Georgia.