Ohioans who find it hard to afford food for their families are getting a helping hand from Ohioans who live behind prison bars. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, inmates at Ohio's lockups have been working on prison farms to raise food for Ohioans who need it. The head of Ohio's Second Harvest Foodbanks, Lisa Hamlar Fugitt, says fresh fruits and vegetables from the prison farms have been donated to hungry Ohioans.
Hamlar Fugitt says the department of corrections is working with her to try to come up with additional ways to help put food on the tables of Ohioans.
This was the first year for the program. Prison officials say it gives inmates an opportunity to give back to their communities while also providing the prisoners with valuable skills that can assist them upon their release.