Study shows The Ohio Benefit Bank Increases Access and Positively Impacts Ohioans

March 3, 2011

 The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University conducted a large, in-depth study of an application assistance program  -- The Ohio Benefit Bank. The study was the first of its kind to examine the impact that services provided through an application assistance program actually have on the lives of the individuals receiving aid.
The study concluded that respondents who completed the process and were approved for benefits saw a decrease in food insecurity, unstable housing, financial stress and stress related to meeting the family’s basic needs. Likewise, the proportion experiencing two or more hardships decreased over the six month period, though at 62 percent, it was still very high. While respondents appreciated the assistance, a challenge some expressed was the ability to find work.
The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks plans to continue evolving and expanding its partnerships and services. These plans will further broaden the array of potential benefits for eligible Ohioans.
The executive summary and full report can be accessed here:  http://www.oashf.org/inthenews.html