Portman Discusses Coronavirus Crisis Response with Ohio Foodbank Leaders

March 19, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) hosted a conference call with the leaders of Ohio’s foodbanks about their work to provide food as the coronavirus health crisis progresses and impacts Ohio’s economy causing hard-working Ohioans to lose their jobs. H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law yesterday with Portman’s support, provides $1.25 billion in funding for nutrition programs and provides additional flexibilities to allow food to be distributed efficiently and with social distancing. 

This is the fifth in a series of conference calls Portman is hosting with outside stakeholders, such as employers, hospitals and health care providers, small business owners, workers and more. Portman released the following statement:  

“The foodbanks in Ohio are working to provide food to folks during the coronavirus pandemic and I’m grateful for their exceptional work. I am pleased that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides additional funding and flexibility to allow our foodbanks to provide critical meals to our children, families, the elderly, and workers across Ohio who have lost their jobs. Applications for unemployment in Ohio have jumped from 6,500 last week to more than 110,000 in the first two days of this week alone. We must ensure that our foodbanks have all the resources and necessary and I appreciated the opportunity to learn about the needs of our foodbanks on the call today to ensure that they can fill the increased demand during this national emergency.”