Learn about the Paper Plate Project

We launched the Paper Plate Project in July of 2010 as a way to break down barriers and provide a method of interaction between elected officials and their constituents who rely on Ohio’s Emergency Food Assistance Network. The paper plates have been exhibited at the Ohio Statehouse and in key locations throughout Ohio. To get involved with the Paper Plate Project, learn more and take action.

More than 400 hunger relief agencies in Ohio have participated through our Feeding America member foodbank network. More than 32,000 paper plates have been returned - helping to give voice to those who wait in lines at food pantries, local distributions and foodbanks, and shedding light on critical needs and issues.

The project and the plates have been featured in media outlets across the State, read by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Congressman Dennis Kucinich at debates and hearings opposing cuts to nutrition programs and in the Association's testimony and work throughout the State’s biennial budget process.

For more information or to use the stories in your advocacy efforts, please contact Zach Reau.

Please take a few moments to read some of the stories and insights shared by our friends and neighbors who rely on Ohio's Emergency Food Assistance network by clicking on a paper plate below.


View Paper Plates from Ohioans Facing Hunger

ACRF CFB Dayton Freestore
Mid Ohio Clark, Champaign, Logan Mahoning North Central
Southeast Shared Harvest Toledo West Ohio
Paper Plate Photo Exhibit at the Statehouse