Illinois Commission to End Hunger – 2015 Report

Established in 2011, the goal of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger is to ensure that no child, woman, or man in our state goes hungry. In 2013, nearly 1.8 million Illinoisans were food insecure, meaning they're unsure of their next meal. 

The Commission established three working groups – No Kid Hungry, Emergency Food System, and Benefits Access – to advance solutions for hunger across the state. Each working group has developed an action plan to target specific populations and leverage existing infrastructure.

In the recently released Commission 2015 report, progress has been made, and yet work remains.  According to the report

“Simply accessing enough food to eat is a daily challenge for men, women and children in each of our 102 counties. There are many reasons why someone might be hungry: unemployment, health issues, rising costs, and limited availability of quality food. But everyone in Illinois deserves access to quality meals, every day.

“…The stress of hunger has far-reaching effects related to health outcomes, economic productivity and, for children, academic performance, and future career earnings. It is essential that we continue to respond to the daily crisis of hunger in the state while empowering individuals and creating opportunities for self-sufficiency.

“While much work remains, we are encouraged by the progress we have seen, in particular in addressing child hunger. In 2009, the year before the Commission’s enactment, Illinois ranked 51st in School Breakfast Program enrollment among all states and the District of Columbia. Because of cross-sector collaboration facilitated by the Commission, Illinois now ranks 40th. In 2013, Illinois provided 5,427,555 meals to children at risk of hunger in summer. Last year, Illinois provided 6,432,806 meals, one of the largest annual increases in the nation.”

To review a copy of the 2015 Commission go to http://www.illinois.gov/gov/endhunger/Documents/2015%20Hunger%20Report%20FINAL.pdf

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