Illinois Commission to End Hunger

Illinois Commission to End Hunger 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

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

02/04/2012
Feeding Illinois Blog - Anti-Hunger Conference

Registration is now open for the Feeding Illinois’ Anti-Hunger Conference, March 21 and 22, which will host the release of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger's action plan. Join with other leaders from Illinois as we learn and equip ourselves to better fight hunger in our state.

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Join with others making a difference in the fight against hunger at the Feeding Illinois 3rd Annual Anti-Hunger Conferen...
01/11/2012
Save the Date for the Feeding Illinois 3rd Annual Anti-Hunger Conference!

Join with others making a difference in the fight against hunger at the Feeding Illinois 3rd Annual Anti-Hunger Conference. This year’s conference on March 21 and 22 will feature the release of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger’s Action Plan. Mark your calendars now and registration details will be shared later this month.

Congress is just days away from announcing a plan to cut the federal deficit by $1.5trillion, and there's a very real da...
11/16/2011
Call Congress TODAY

Congress is just days away from announcing a plan to cut the federal deficit by $1.5trillion, and there's a very real danger that they will cut vital aid to people who are struggling with hunger.

Call 1-877-698-8228 to contact Senators Durbin and Kirk, as well as your Representative, or use our simple tool to contact your legislators.

Please urge the Super Committee to reject any proposals that would cut anti-hunger programs like SNAP, TEFAP, CSFP, WIC or other child feeding programs. Our nation cannot turn its back on hungry Americans.

10/27/2011

Reflections on the Rockford Listening Tour Stop

10/05/2011

Day 5: The Recession's Toll (SNAP Hunger Challenge Post 5)

10/04/2011

Eating healthy; am hungry nonetheless (SNAP Hunger Challenge Post 4)

10/01/2011

Oh Tuesday’s Hunger Challenge Takeaways (SNAP Hunger Challenge Post 3)

A few weeks ago commissioners visited Cairo, IL on our Listening Tour. Commissioner Tracy Smith shares her observations ...
09/29/2011
Illinois Commission to End Hunger - Blog - Reflections on the Cairo Listening Tour Stop

A few weeks ago commissioners visited Cairo, IL on our Listening Tour. Commissioner Tracy Smith shares her observations on visiting the most food insecure county in the state and how starting conversations in our communities can help bring about change. http://endhungerillinois.squarespace.com/blog/2011/9/29/reflections-on-the-cairo-listening-tour-stop.html

On September 12, the Commission to End Hunger visited Cairo, Illinois as part of the Listening Tour. Commissioner Tracy Smith, State Director of Feeding Illinois, shares her observations from the event.

09/29/2011

Reflecting on food, spending choices, health, time and routines

An interesting activity to show how quickly the bottom can dropout for families who face barriers to economic security. ...
09/28/2011
I hit bottom in 12 days. See how long you last at http://playspent.org.

An interesting activity to show how quickly the bottom can dropout for families who face barriers to economic security. It hits home how important public and private programs are for filling in the gaps when people need it the most.

Think you’ll never have to ask for help? Here’s your chance to prove it.

Commissioner Dan Lesser, Director, Economic Security, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, shares his reflect...
09/23/2011
Illinois Commission to End Hunger - Blog - Reflections on the East Saint Louis listening tour stop

Commissioner Dan Lesser, Director, Economic Security, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, shares his reflections on our stop in East Saint Louis. http://endhungerillinois.squarespace.com/blog/2011/9/23/reflections-on-the-east-saint-louis-listening-tour-stop.html

Our next reflection comes from Commissioner Dan Lesser, Director, Economic Security, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, who shares his experience of our fifth listening your stop in East Saint Louis, Illinois. Research on East Saint Louis was provided by Michael Elsen-Rooney, policy int...

The St. Louis Beacon covered our latest Listening Tour stop in East Saint Louis, Illinois. http://www.stlbeacon.org/issu...
09/21/2011
'People need help more than ever,' Illinois Commission to End Hunger told

The St. Louis Beacon covered our latest Listening Tour stop in East Saint Louis, Illinois. http://www.stlbeacon.org/issues-politics/112-region/113075-local-agencies-seeing-more-demand-for-food-services-they-tell-illinois-commission-to-end-hunger-hears-

The hungry in East St. Louis are in "survival mode," according to community service leaders and residents who attended a Monday hearing before the newly formed Illinois Commission to End Hunger. The elderly are particularly at risk because they frequently share their limited benefits with all their ...

09/19/2011

Thanks to St. Louis Area Foodbank and Lessie Bates for hosting an outstanding listening tour stop today in East St. Louis!

Those who attended the DuPage County Listening Tour event in August may recall Debra and her sons who shared their story...
09/16/2011
Hunger Awareness month sheds light on problem in suburbs

Those who attended the DuPage County Listening Tour event in August may recall Debra and her sons who shared their story of turning to food pantries due to unemployment. WGN visited with them and Northern Illinois Food Bank to get the word out about food insecurity in our state. Be sure to watch the whole video for some good news from Debra! http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-hunger-in-chicago-hunger-awareness-month-sheds-light-on-problem-in-suburbs-20110915,0,183710.story

September is Hunger Awareness Month.

The USDA recently announced the success of two of their Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) pilot programs that saw parti...
09/15/2011
Release No. 0403.11

The USDA recently announced the success of two of their Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) pilot programs that saw participation rates increase by 35% in AR and 19% in MS. http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2011/09/0403.xml&navid=NEWS_RELEASE&navtype=RT&parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&edeployment_action=retrievecontent Innovative programs like these are valuable tools for the Commission as we form recommendations for our plan. What projects have been successful in your communities?

USDA Announces Results of Summer Feeding Pilots to Help Prevent Childhood Hunger When School is Out

The Commission is headed to East St. Louis on Monday, September 19, for our fifth Listening Tour stop. We will be meetin...
09/15/2011
Commission to End Hunger : Welcome to the Commission to End Hunger Website

The Commission is headed to East St. Louis on Monday, September 19, for our fifth Listening Tour stop. We will be meeting with service providers from the area and staff from St. Louis Area Foodbank to understand how community partnerships are helping to alleviate hunger in their area.

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 Commission is comprised of legislators and community leaders who have committed themselves to developing this action plan. To ...

The Commission made its fourth listening tour stop in Cairo, IL this week. After hearing stories from service providers ...
09/14/2011
Census finds more people than ever living in poverty

The Commission made its fourth listening tour stop in Cairo, IL this week. After hearing stories from service providers there, and at our other stops, it is no surprise that the latest census numbers saw a significant increase in people living in poverty. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-poverty-illinois-20110914,0,6730833.story?page=1. Has your organization seen an increased need for services too?

The parking lot of the United Methodist Church of Worth was overflowing Tuesday night, forcing some people to park their vehicles across the sidewalk.

During the Listening Tour Commissioners are hearing firsthand accounts of what is like to be food insecure. Interested i...
09/02/2011
Can You Live On $5 a Day?

During the Listening Tour Commissioners are hearing firsthand accounts of what is like to be food insecure. Interested in getting a glimpse of what is like to depend on federal benefits for your next meal? Then register for the SNAP Hunger Challenge and live a week on a SNAP budget.

09/01/2011

Meeting Migrant Farm Workers in Rantoul

09/01/2011

Reflections on the DuPage and Kane County Listening Tour Stop: The Hidden Face of Hunger

On Monday the Commission visited sites in DuPage and Kane County to see firsthand that even in suburban communities hung...
08/31/2011
Study finds nearly 36,000 children at risk of hunger in Kane County

On Monday the Commission visited sites in DuPage and Kane County to see firsthand that even in suburban communities hunger affects significant portions of the population. 36,000 children, in just Kane County alone, do not have regular access to nutritious meals. http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/stcharles/features/x488545558/Study-finds-nearly-36-000-children-at-risk-of-hunger-in-Kane-County

A study released last week by the Northern Illinois Food Bank and hunger relief charity Feeding America indicated that 24.4 percent — or nearly 36,000 children in Kane County — are at risk of hunger.

Be sure to tune into World News with Diane Sawyer tonight to hear a report about older Americans and their experience wi...
08/30/2011
Hunger among Older Americans Spikes Nearly 80 Percent Since 2001

Be sure to tune into World News with Diane Sawyer tonight to hear a report about older Americans and their experience with hunger.

Nearly 9 million Americans 50 and older face the risk of hunger, according to new research commissioned by AARP Foundation.

08/29/2011
Commission to End Hunger : Listening Tour

The Commission will be traveling to DuPage County today for their third Listening Tour stop. The event will include a visit to Wayne Township Pantry and a roundtable discussion to better understand the hidden face of hunger in one of the most affluent communities in the state. http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/endhunger/Pages/ListeningTour.aspx

August 29, 2011 12-3 p.m. The Hidden Face of HungerWayne Township Pantry, 12-1 p.m. 27W031 North Avenue West Chicago, Illinois Kane County Farm Bureau, 1:30-3 p.m. 2N710 Randall Road St. Charles, Illinois 60174Wayne Township is the most affluent township in one of the most affluent counties i...

In Illinois, 23.3% of kids don't know when their next meal is. Thanks to a startling new study released today by Feeding...
08/25/2011
Map the Meal Gap

In Illinois, 23.3% of kids don't know when their next meal is. Thanks to a startling new study released today by Feeding America, you can find out how many children in your county are struggling with hunger. For an interactive map, click here:

Visit Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Feeding America's helps provide food to over 37 millions Americans each year.

Keeping food stocked on pantry shelves as need increases is the focus of this report on Marion, IL. http://www.wsiltv.co...
08/25/2011
Hunger Growing In Southern Illinois

Keeping food stocked on pantry shelves as need increases is the focus of this report on Marion, IL. http://www.wsiltv.com/news/local/Hunger-Growing-In-Southern-Illinois-128281288.html. The Commissioners will be visiting Marion in October on their Listening Tour to hear what issues service providers are facing in Southern Illinois.

MARION -- It's been almost four years since the country went into a recession, but many in southern Illinois are still having trouble feeding their families.

Based on recent studies from Feeding America, ABC is sharing stories today on Hunger in America. Be sure to tune in thro...
08/24/2011
Family's Tough Choice: Pay Bills or Eat

Based on recent studies from Feeding America, ABC is sharing stories today on Hunger in America. Be sure to tune in throughout the day.

What is it like to go to bed hungry? What is it like to tell your family that there is not enough food to go around? How do you feed a family for a month, when your paycheck is barely enough to cover the mortgage?

08/12/2011

Reflections on the Peoria Listening Tour Stop

Thanks to WMBD for their coverage of our Listening Tour stop in Peoria earlier this week!
08/11/2011
Hunger Hits Record Highs: Tour Helps People In Need

Thanks to WMBD for their coverage of our Listening Tour stop in Peoria earlier this week!

PEORIA--The Illinois Commission to End Hunger is partnering with the Peoria Area Food Bank to help children in need.

08/10/2011
Listening | Illinois Public Media | University of Illinois

WILL will have a ten-minute segment at 12:39 this afternoon on what they learned about childhood hunger at yesterday’s Illinois Commission to End Hunger Listening Tour event in Peoria. Listen in live at: http://will.illinois.edu/am/willplayer/

Illinois Public Media's new WILL Player app makes it easy to listen live to our radio station, AM 580, while providing hundreds of local and national program recordings for you to sit back and enjoy.

Media coverage of the Listening Tour Stop in Peoria. Our favorite quote: "Everyone was so upset when the stock market ta...
08/10/2011
Illinois commission visits Peoria on quest to end hunger

Media coverage of the Listening Tour Stop in Peoria. Our favorite quote: "Everyone was so upset when the stock market tanked, we need to be every bit as upset that people are hungry," said state Rep. Dave Leitch, R-Peoria.

Barb Karacic's church-based food pantry in Waukegan has evolved to include a garden and a bicycle giveaway for men who can't afford transportation to look for jobs. But she was impressed when she arrived in Peoria to find a summer program, similar to one she runs, feeding children scalloped ...

08/10/2011

Thank you to all the speakers and guests that joined us in Peoria today for another great Listening Tour stop. It was inspiring to see all the organizations in the area that have banded together to serve their community.

08/08/2011

The Commission is off to Peoria tomorrow for its second Listening Tour stop! We will hear testimony from individuals involved in ending childhood hunger through nonprofit and private partnerships. What nonprofit/private partnerships have you seen make a significant difference in reducing hunger?

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