• FACT SHEET: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act School Meals Implementation
    The shift in school lunch menus to more grains, fruits, and vegetables and less fat, salt, and sugar often is blamed for decreasing participation in the school lunch program, which is down 5 percent, or 1.6 million, from its peak. The picture may be more complex.   FACT SHEET: Healthy, Hunger-Free...
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  • Food bank launching program aimed at seniors
    Between 2001 and 2011, the number of food insecure seniors more than doubled, with 4.8 million seniors, or 8.4% of the senior population, facing food insecurity in 2011. Spotlight on Senior Health: Adverse Health Outcomes of Food Insecure Older Americans Read More...
  • 2014 Map the Meal Gap Study Uncovers Illinois Food Insecurity Rates
    Feeding Illinois, the association of Illinois food banks, published to its website the 2014 Map the Meal Gap results showing that food insecurity continues to remain high in Illinois counties. According to newly released data: With a 2012 population numbering 12,875,255, approximately 1,833,810 Illinoisans...
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  • Food Stamp Articles Win 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Explanatory Reporting
    Eli Saslow of The Washington Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for a six-story series about SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program). SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic...
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  • Birkey’s Raises 1 Million Meals
    Birkey’s Raises 1 Million Meals Birkey’s Farm Store Inc.’s 60-Day Hunger Drive surpassed its goal by raising one million meals for 7 food banks.  In the 47 counties served by Birkey’s, more than 286,000 people are not able to access a nutritious meal when they want it, and...
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