Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Get Email Updates


Created by legislation in 2010 the Commission to End Hunger was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn with the mission of developing a two-year plan to end hunger in Illinois. The purpose of the Commission to End Hunger is to develop an action plan every 2 years, review the progress of this plan, and ensure cross-collaboration among government entities and community partners toward the goal of ending hunger in Illinois.

The Commission is comprised of legislators and community leaders who have committed themselves to developing this action plan. To approach this task the Commission convened its first meeting in May of 2011 and divided into three working groups in order to best address the complex issues facing those who struggle with hunger. The working groups are: No Kid Hungry (formerly Children and Families at Risk), Emergency Food System (formerly Underserved Populations) and Benefits Access (formerly Vulnerable Adults).

The Commission will present its reports and updates on progress to the Governor and General Assembly annually. The first report was released on March 14, 2012. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

2013 Commission Report

2014 Commission Report​

2015 Commission Report 

2016 Commission Report

2017 Commission Report

As the Commission continues its work updates will be posted regularly. Be sure to visit the Events page to learn how you can become involved.


To develop an aggressive and achievable two-year action plan to measurably reduce hunger in Illinois.

Appointed Commissioners

Patricia Bellock, State Representative 
Brian Colgan, Office of Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti

Elizabeth Diaz-Castillo, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Leann Dolan, Illinois Department on Aging

John Cheney Egan, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Janice Glenn, Illinois Department of Human Rights (co-chair)

Esperanza Gonzalez, Illinois Migrant Council

Angel Gutierrez, Catholic Charities

Mark Haller, Illinois State Board of Education

Grant Hammer, Illinois Department of Agriculture

Don Harmon, State Senator 

Elizabeth Hernandez, State Representative 

Michael Holmes, African-American Family Commission

Diane Grigsby Jackson, Illinois Department of Human Services
Ahlam Jbara, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Jay Johnson, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Barbara Karacic, Community Member

Karen Lehman, Fresh Taste

Dan Lesser, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Kate Maehr, Greater Chicago Food Depository (co-chair)
Michael Miller, River Bend Foodbank

Diana Rauner, Ounce of Prevention Fund

Sue Rezin, State Senator

Amy Rynell, Social Impact Research Center, Heartland Alliance

Layla Suleiman-Gonzalez, Illinois Latino Family Commission

Mary Ellen Warren, Illinois Hunger Coalition

Lynda Williams, Teach for America

Julie Yurko, Northern Illinois Food Bank

Updated, September 2017