Catholic Conference of Ohio
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio


Food, like life itself, is a basic human right. The rising costs of food, fuel and medicine coupled with high unemployment have led to increased hunger here and abroad. In Ohio, over two million people experience food insecurity, meaning that they do not always know where they will find their next meal.

Ohio food banks, pantries and emergency feeding programs are experiencing an increasing demand for food resources.  Reports indicate that more than 500,000 Ohio children live in homes lacking access to full-service grocers. Throughout the world, statistics show that 35,000 persons die of hunger and its consequences every day.

Ohio ‚ÄčCatholic Charities and Social Concerns Programs

Placemat template on hunger responses  

Map the Meal Gap

Food insecurity exists in every county and congressional district in the country. But not everyone struggling with hunger qualifies for federal nutrition assistance. Learn more about local food insecurity and the food banks in your community by exploring data from Feeding America’s annual Map the Meal Gap project.

Ohio Compassion Map

An interactive map that displays the location and basic information for thousands of Ohio nonprofit organizations.


Catholic Conference of Ohio Issues State Budget Recommendations

Health, Human Services and Education Areas Addressed In Letter To Ohio House Members

The Conference encourages House members to keep the needs of the poor and vulnerable foremost in mind. "The basic moral test for our society is how we treat the most vulnerable in our midst. This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond—unborn children, persons hungry, homeless or unemployed, the elderly, persons in need of health care, persons with disabilities, persons in need of quality education, immigrants and refugees, and persons who are victims of injustice and oppression." 

Full Letter to House
Background Page on Health & Human Services
Background Page on Supporting Families Who Choose Catholic Schools

Labor Day Statement Invites Us To Replace Fear With A Fuller Vision

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Statement

The lack of jobs that can support families, particularly among those without access to higher education, has placed heavy burdens on families and communities across the country. This Labor Day, the Church draws close to these families and expresses words of hope, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development in the 2016 Labor Day statement.

Read the complete statement

Poverty Related Issues

June 2016

Updates on Pending Legislation regarding Poverty and Social Services Issues

Catholic Teachings on Poverty

Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. We must all think about whether we can become a little poorer. This is something we must all do. How I can become a little poorer to be more like Jesus, who was the poor Teacher. (Pope Francis, 2013)

Resources on Hunger

Catholic Charities USA 

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Rural Life

USCCB Agriculture, Nutrition and Rural Issues

Ohio Association of Foodbanks