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Emergency Food System

Focus Areas

  • Explore and support public and private policies and practices that enhance and advance food security, the access of all people at all times to the nutritious food needed for an active and healthy life.
  • Improving nutrition among all underserved populations (e.g. immigrants, migrant workers, working poor, individuals ineligible for federal nutrition programs and individuals living in rural communities)
  • 2016 Emergency Food System Work Plan​​

Working Group Members



Mike Miller, River Bend Foodbank


Staff Support:

Matt Coatar, Feeding Illinois

Alicia Huguelet, Greater Chicago Food Depository



Lindsey Arenberg, Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity

Steve Ericson, Northern Illinois Food Bank

Grant Hammer, Illinois Department of Agriculture

Jay Johnson, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

​​Sheila Kennedy, Top Box Foods

Dan Kenney, DeKalb County Community Gardens

Karen Lehman, Fresh Taste

Jessica Lynch, Illinois Public Health Institute

Janie Maxwell, Illinois Farmers Market Assoication

Suzy McNamara, Top Box Foods

Gary Tomlin, Knox County Produce Farms


If you have questions or recommendations for the Emergency Food System Working Group, please contact:


Alicia Huguelet


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