Nuns on the Bus and food insecurity solutions

Marylin Tomasi, Mid-Ohio Foodbank's VP of marketing and communications, and Jon Cardi, vice president of the foodbank's board of directors, talk with Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell in Ohio Sept. 20. (GSR photo / Jan Cebula)

While Nuns on the Bus were in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 20, they first visited the Mid-Ohio Food Bank (in Grove City, Ohio). Global Sisters Report’s U.S. liaison Franciscan Sr. Jan Cebula has been riding along with Nuns on the Bus for the past week. She checked in with us at the home office and filed some photos from the site visit.

There’s a full day of stops and travel planned today, and it’s hard to write from the road, so we might not hear from her in a while — at least in her own words. The bus is currently heading toward Wheeling, West Virginia, to visit the Grow Ohio Valley, Farm 18 this afternoon, before conducting a town hall meeting at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Then, it’s onward to Washington, D.C., where they will rally on the National Mall (scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern; Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force base at 4 p.m. — we’re hoping for some kind of convergence).

Meanwhile, catch up with what some of the other sisters have been experiencing, on News from the Road on the Nuns on the Bus official site, here.

The Mid-Ohio Food Bank is a giant operation, serving 20 counties, and the food they distribute comes mostly from local sources (53 percent) Working with more than 625 partner organizations, they provide 130,066 meals per day.

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank. (GSR photo / Jan Cebula)
What a warehouse of food that can feed more than 100,000 people a day looks like, and their stock includes fresh produce. (GSR photo / Jan Cebula)

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