(Columbus) - Food insecurity is on the rise in Ohio according to data released by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Ohio ranked tenth in the nation in low food security. The state tied for third in the nation for very low food security. Food insecurity refers to households that have had their food intake reduced or eating patterns disrupted because the household lacked money for food.

Between 2010 and 2012 the national average for households facing food insecurity was 14.7 percent. During that time 16.1 percent of Ohians were food insecure. The number in Ohio rose 6.3 percent, the third largest percentage increase for any state over that time.

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is concerned with the data because of the possibility of cuts being made to the Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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