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Your donation helps the 8 food banks of Illinois work tirelessly providing children, women, and men struggling with hunger to access to healthy, affordable foods. Every dollar donated to the Feeding Illinois food banks counts, especially on Illinois Give Big/Giving Tuesday when your gift for children's anti-hunger programming will be doubled. With the generous dollar-for-dollar match by Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, your gift on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 will mean that twice as many families served by the 8 food banks of Feeding Illinois will be assisted. If you join in the festivities of #ILGiveBig and #GivingTuesday, please consider as part of your plan a gift…
USDA released a “Fact Sheet: Schools Serving, Kids Eating Healthier School Meals Thanks to Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” Students have eaten healthier breakfasts, lunches, and snacks at school thanks to the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which made the first meaningful improvements to the nutrition of foods and beverages served in cafeterias and sold in vending machines in 30 years. Thanks to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and other strategies, the national obesity trend is slowly reversing, and our children have more energy to learn and grow, greater opportunity to thrive, and better overall health. Food banks are urging Congress…
According to a recent study, households that have a tough time putting food on the table face another big challenge. In addition to being food insecure, they have higher health care costs. “We already know that adults in households that are food insecure have more negative health outcomes than adults in food-secure households,” said University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen. “However, the cost of the negative health outcomes associated with food insecurity were unknown.  This study allows us to quantify these additional costs.” Gundersen said the total health care costs were higher for food-insecure adults across numerous categories.  These included…
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:29

IL Pig Farmers Team Up to Strike-Out Hunger

During the month of September, IL Pork Producers Association will be partnering with the Northern Illinois Foodbank, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Jewel/Osco, and the Chicago Cubs on the Strike-Out Hunger campaign. All 179 Jewel/Osco stores will be participating in the food drive, where shoppers can donate non-perishable food items or purchased pre-packaged donation bags. Collection bins will include messages about how IL Pig Farmers care for their communities. The Strike-Out Hunger campaign complements the IPPA’s Pork Power Program that helps feed hungry people throughout Illinois and demonstrates pig farmers' commitment of caring for their communities.  Thanks to the donation…
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…
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:26

September Is Hunger Action Month

Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by Feeding America®, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve it. Inspired by passionate food bank leaders, what began in 2002 as Hunger Action Day grew into a nationwide awareness campaign for the entire month of September. This year will be the 7th annual Hunger Action Month organized by the Feeding America network and supporters nationwide.  Hunger exists in every county…
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 20:01

Participate in Illinois School Breakfast Week

Dedicated to raising awareness about the need for school breakfast among low-income children, Rise & Shine Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education are teaming up to present Illinois School Breakfast Week, February 23 – 27.  The festivities include a week-long social media campaign, and an Illinois Breakfast Challenge kick-off event in Decatur on Thursday morning, February 26, followed by a working lunch convening statewide partners in Springfield. To participate, go to: http://riseandshineillinois.org/2015/02/illinois-school-breakfast-week-feb-23-27/ Take the Rise & Shine Illinois Breakfast Pledge to support school breakfast and help exceed the goal of 1,000 pledges by February 27th   Follow Rise…
The Illinois Commission to End Hunger will hold its annual Anti-Hunger Summit on May 5, 2015 at the Hilton Springfield, 700 East Adams Street, Springfield, Illinois. Summit presenters as well as attendees include government agencies, elected officials, advocates, volunteers, and organizations representing local agriculture, public health, and social services. Last year 275 people participated in the summit. This year the Commission is seeking to reach more diverse communities of stakeholders in the Illinois food system, and thus stakeholders who inherently hold an interest in solving the food insecurity challenges of the Illinois system. Contact Rebecca Frazin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions…
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 19:57

Reaching Those in Need: 2012 SNAP

Illinois food banks and other hunger relief organizations have been successful in identifying and enrolling state residents in the largest of the domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Of the approximate 1,867,000 state residents who were eligible to receive SNAP benefits in 2012, Illinois ranked 12th among all the states with a participation rate of 92%. The SNAP program’s main purpose is “to permit low-income households to obtain a more nutritious diet…by increasing their purchasing power”. During fiscal year 2014, the program served over 46 million people in…
Why is unhealthy food so much easier to buy than fruits and vegetables? Why do some neighborhoods lack stores selling affordable fresh food? Healthy Food in Your Community, a publication of the Union of Concerned Scientists, offers tools that will help communities participate in the policy decisions that shape access to healthy food. The toolkit addresses the world of food policy. The materials focus on key issues and policies affecting food access. Food and information about food is encountered in a wide range of settings, and food policy affects healthy food access in all of them: At the grocery store.…
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