The past year has seen tangible progress in the fight against hunger and food insecurity in Illinois. But the stark reality is that almost 1.7 million Illinois residents still face food insecurity—greater than the entire populations of Hawaii, Montana or 10 other states. Our work will not cease as long as even one family in Illinois faces food insecurity, defined as a lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members to engage in an active, healthy lifestyle..
The Commission has established three working groups -- No Kid Hungry, Emergency Food System and Benefits Access -- to develop solutions for hunger across the state, with the help of thousands of elected officials, government employees, volunteers and donors, food banks and partner organizations, faith-based organizations, foundations and community groups. Each working group has developed an action plan to target specific populations and leverage existing infrastructure.
To read the 2016 Commission Report, please click here.
Illinois' leading annual conference for the hunger-relief community took place in Springfield, IL on May 16, 2017. Hunger Summit brought together more than 300 people from academia, education, government, faith-based organizations, philanthropy and public health.
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, Illinois schools with a free and reduced-price meals population of 70% or higher will begin offering Breakfast After the Bell – which means serving breakfast as part of the school day. This will help ensure that kids in 890 schools across the state have access to a healthy breakfast to start their day! Currently, the school breakfast program in Illinois is only reaching 47.7% of kids who are eating a free or reduced-price lunch in Illinois, but implementation of Breakfast After the Bell can give more kids the chance to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Read the 2017 School Breakfast Report.