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Hunger in Illinois

Illinois

Get the facts about hunger in Illinois

Though many of us may not realize the grave disparities that exist in our own communities, people struggle with hunger in every county and congressional district in Illinois. They could be our neighbors, kids in our children’s classes – the possibilities go on.

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What Hunger Looks Like in Illinois

In Illinois, people are struggling with hunger - and of them are children.

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struggles with hunger.

children struggles with hunger.
People facing hunger in Illinois are estimated to report needing more per year to meet their food needs.

The average cost of a meal in Illinois is . Data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2017 study. Learn more ›


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Illinois

Charitable programs are unable to fully support those struggling with hunger. The combination of charity and government assistance programs are necessary to help bridge the meal gap.

SNAP, formerly food stamps, provides temporary help for people going through hard times – providing supplemental money to buy food until they can get back on their feet.

In Illinois,

38.9% of households receiving SNAP benefits have children
$3,303,102,831
distributed through
SNAP generated
5,615,274,812.70 in economic activity*.

*Economists estimate that every dollar a household redeems through SNAP generates about $1.70 in economic activity.


Make a Difference in Illinois

Volunteer in Illinois

The Feeding America network is able to reach 46 million people, largely thanks to the commitment of volunteers. Our communities are stronger when we join together – help give your neighbors a hand up by volunteering at your local food bank.

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Become an Advocate

To make progress toward ending hunger in Illinois, we need to make sure our lawmakers in Washington are fighting for those struggling back home. You can help make sure they see how great the need is in Illinois – tell your member of Congress to visit a local food bank.

Contact your member of Congress today ›

 

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