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Benefits Access

Focus Areas

  • Support policies and practices that increase access to publicly funded food and nutrition benefits.
  • Focus on older adults, people with disabilities, people with chronic illnesses, the homeless and veterans.
  • 2017 Benefits Access Work Plan

Working Group Members


Dan Lesser, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Kathy Chan, Cook County Health and Hospital System

Staff Support:

Aimee Ramirez, Greater Chicago Food Depository


Sherie Arriazola, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities

Graham Bowman, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Laura Brookes, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities

Caroline Chapman, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago

Leslie Cully, Illinois Department of Human Services

Leann Dolan, Illinois Department on Aging

Kimberly Drew, Heartland Alliance

Michael Gillespie, Eastern Illinois University

Esperanza Gonzalez, Illinois Migrant Council

Kathleen Gregory, Access Community Health

Jonathan Holmes, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Susan Holzer, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Alicia Huguelet, Greater Chicago Food Depository

Ahlam Jbara, Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights
Carmenza Millan, AARP
Nancy Nelson, AARP

Javette Orgain, At-Large
Angelia Smith, Ford Heights Community Center
Elisabeth Steimel, Age Options
Maribeth Stein, Age Options

Alison Stevens, Illinois Hunger Coalition
Barry Taylor, Equip for Equality
Mary Ellen Warren, Illinois Hunger Coalition


If you have questions or recommendations for the Benefits Access Working Group, please contact:

Aimee Ramirez