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Friday, 19 September 2014 21:51

What Is the SNAP Hunger Challenge?

Participate in the SNAP Hunger Challenge, where participants live on $4.50 a day for food. $4.50/day is the average dollar amount in a food and beverage budget for people who use the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).   SNAP, formerly food stamps, provides monthly benefits to supplement the food budgets of families in need.  In many cases these households still struggle to put food on the table. While it is impossible to fully comprehend the difficult decisions low-income families face, sharing your experience with the SNAP Challenge will help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in America.   For Hunger…
Friday, 12 September 2014 15:49

Face of Hunger in Illinois

A new study by Feeding Illinois food banks and Feeding America shows that in 2013 over 1 in 7 people, an estimated 1,982,400 people, in Illinois turned to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families.  The Hunger in America 2014 (HIA 2014) key findings estimate that 232,000 people are served each week by agency programs supported through Illinois’s eight food banks covering the 102 Illinois counties. Similar to prior studies, HIA 2014 documents the critical role that food banks and their partner agencies play in supporting struggling families in the United States. The 2014 study…
Friday, 12 September 2014 14:40

Sodium consumption high among U.S. children

More than 90% of U.S. children, aged 6-18 years, eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new report. Most sodium already is in food before it is purchased or ordered.  Approximately 65% comes from store foods, 13% from fast food and pizza restaurant foods, and 9% from school cafeteria foods. Schools can implement food purchasing policies and standards to reduce sodium in foods. School districts also can strive to meet the Department of Agriculture’s Nutrition Standards for foods served during the school day. The…
Food banks work with schools to feed students who are food insecure. When children experience hunger, they are more likely to suffer from poor cognitive development, increased illness, lower educational achievement, and higher hospitalization rates. A new poll shows the vast majority of parents of school-age children support strong national nutrition standards for all foods and beverages offered during school. The poll findings come as school districts implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards.   Read more at http://blog.heart.org/poll-finds-most-parents-support-higher-school-nutrition-standards/
Friday, 12 September 2014 14:39

Food Stamp Entrepreneurs

Gareth Olds of Harvard Business School found that government-funded safety nets can have the effect of "reducing the risks of business ownership and relaxing credit constraints." A study of the link between entrepreneurship and eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), found that newly eligible households were 20% more likely to include an entrepreneur as a result of the policy. Incorporated businesses ownership increased by 16% among the newly eligible. The “Food Stamp Entrepreneurs” paper also addresses the common perception that public assistance leads to strategic sloth. "There's this fear that people go on the program and fudge the…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 14:17

September Is Hunger Action Month (HAM)

All month long the food banks of Illinois are mobilizing individuals, employers, government, and non-government organizations to increase awareness of local food insecurity and work to fight hunger.  HAM is a movement with a real and enduring impact on our mission to alleviate and abate hunger in Illinois. Visit your food bank’s HAM webpage to see the many ways you can get involved making a difference in your community.      Central Illinois Foodbank https://www.centralilfoodbank.org/news/default.aspx   Eastern Illinois Foodbank http://www.eifoodbank.org/ham/whatsham.html   Greater Chicago Food Depository http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=hungeractionmonth2014   Northern Illinois Food Bank http://solvehungertoday.org/GetInvolved.aspx   Peoria Area Food Bank http://www.pcceo.org/foodbank   River Bend Foodbank…
Monday, 08 September 2014 18:39

Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, 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. Join us this September. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to those in need. Together, we can solve hunger! Click here for more information.  
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 Kids Act School Meals Implementation Congress passed the Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 with bipartisan support to help ensure every American child had access to the nutrition they need to grow into healthy adults. One goal of the law was to help reduce America's childhood obesity epidemic and reduce health risks…
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 Americanshttp://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/spotlight-senior-health.aspx  was released in March 2014 by Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.  The report – based  on analyses conducted by Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois) and  James Ziliak (University of Kentucky) – reveals that seniors who are food insecure are more likely to have lower nutrient intakes and higher risk for chronic health conditions than their food secure counterparts.    The…
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 (14.2 percent) are food insecure. Food-insecurity rates among households with children are substantially higher than those found in the general population, with 661,950 children (21.6 percent) under 18 years of age being food insecure.   The annual meal gap in Illinois is 321,166,600 meals.   Map the Meal Gap 2014 is a detailed analysis of food…
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