Ohio Food Banks Struggle To Help Residents Restock After Outages - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Ohio Food Banks Struggle To Help Residents Restock After Outages

UNDATED (AP) - Ohio food banks and pantries say they're struggling to meet demand as people try to restock in the aftermath of Sunday's wind storm.

Food pantry workers say a growing number of central and southwest Ohioans are turning to the facilities to replace food that spoiled during this week's widespread power outages.

Remnants of Hurricane Ike knocked out as many as 2.6 million utility customers throughout the state.

The Foodbank in Dayton says the increase has pushed it to the brink of a food crisis.

The director of one Columbus pantry says it saw a "big-time" surge in customers earlier this week. Workers decided to let them shop in the dark while the pantry waited for its own power to be restored.

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