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PNS Daily Newscast - May 7, 2021 


President Biden proposes expanding the Pell Grant program to reach more students in need and the Navajo Nation addresses the need for tougher methane emissions rules.


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President Biden talks hurricane aid in Louisiana, Vice President Harris visits Rhode Island, defense officials talk about clamping down on domestic extremism in the ranks, and plan for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - OH: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A survey found 38% of students at four-year colleges were food insecure at the start of the pandemic. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Hunger is an unfortunate reality for many Ohio college students, but there are new opportunities to help connect more students to food assistance. The USDA is allowing new flexibility so low-income "traditional" students temporarily can qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assis

Ohio food banks have been stretched over the past year as more people battle hunger. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As state leaders balance complex funding needs in the state's next two-year budget, hunger-fighting groups argued there's nothing more basic than the need for food. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said roughly a year into the COVID-19 p

Sustainable agriculture advocate Navina Kahnna says holistic changes are needed to end inequalities in the nation's food system. (HEAL Food Alliance)<br /><br /><br />

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The nation is at a turning point with a new push for unity, and some groups say changing our food system is one crucial step in addressing the divide. Executive Director of the HEAL Food Alliance, Navina Khanna, said the combination of COVID-19, the climate crisis and political un

An estimated 600,000 Ohio kids will benefit from the extension of a pandemic food-assistance program. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A key hunger-fighting program for Ohio children is being extended through the end of the school year. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program was created in March to help feed children who normally receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lu

Cattleman Will Harris says his operation stores more carbon in its soil than its cows emit in production. (White Oak Pastures)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- He's been called a "carbon cowboy" and an inspiration. Ohioans have an opportunity to hear from a legendary cattleman about how holistic practices can benefit the environment and create a self-sufficient farm. Will Harris owns his family's 154-year-old farm, White Oak Pastures in

Ohio National Guard members literally are doing a lot of heavy lifting this season, helping distribute more than 33 million pounds of food to families in need. (Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio soon could lose a key source of support in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through an emergency authorization, the federal government is funding 75% of the Ohio National Guard's COVID-19 response work through the end of the year. Roughly 1,800 National Guard members ar

Ohio's emergency food network has been working overtime to help struggling families. (Ohio Association of Foodbanks)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The latest estimates on the prevalence of hunger in Ohio are strengthening the case for a new COVID relief bill in Congress. The nonprofit group Feeding America has projected overall food insecurity in Ohio for 2020 tops 18%. Joree Novotny, director of external affairs for the Ohi

Some hunger-fighting groups say much of the progress made to reduce childhood hunger in the past decade has been erased within months by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Children's advocacy groups say childhood hunger is a dire problem in Ohio, but it isn't impossible to solve. Up to 17 million children in the U.S. aren't getting the food they need, including roughly one in five Ohio kids. Eleni Towns, associate director for the No Kid Hungry Cam

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