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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.
  • 2015 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:

Steven McCullough, Greater Chicago Food Depository


Mary Ellen Abbott, Illinois Hunger Coalition
Caroline Chapman, LAF
Betsey Creamer, Illinois Department on Aging
Kimberly Drew, Heartland Alliance
Jan Freeman, Illinois Department of Human Services
Kathleen Gregory, Access Community Health
Susan Holzer, USDA FNS
Mark Ishaug, Thresholds
Meghan Jenkins-Morales, Age Options
Eithne McMenamin, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Carmenza Millan, AARP
Nancy Nelson, AARP
Angelia Smith, Ford Heights Community Center
Elisabeth Steimel, Age Options
Maribeth Stein, Age Options
Barry Taylor, Equip for Equality

Steering Committee Liaison:

Mark Ishaug, Thresholds

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

Steven McCullough