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 Commission convened its first meeting in May of 2011 and divided into three working groups in order to best address the complex issues facing those who struggle with hunger. The working groups are: No Kid Hungry (formerly Children and Families at Risk), Emergency Food System (formerly Underserved Populations) and Benefits Access (formerly Vulnerable Adults).
The Commission will present its reports and updates on progress to the Governor and General Assembly annually. The first report was released on March 14, 2012. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.
2013 Commission Report
2014 Commission Report
As the Commission continues its work updates will be posted regularly. Be sure to visit the Events page to learn how you can become involved.
To develop an aggressive and achievable two-year action plan to measurably reduce hunger in Illinois.
Mary Ellen Abbott, Illinois Hunger Coalition
Patricia Bellock, State Representative
Leah Bradford, Kraft Foods
Sheila Chalmers, Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon
Betsey Creamer, Illinois Department on Aging
John Cheney Egan, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Frank Finnegan, St. Louis Area Food Bank
Esperanza Velasquez Gonzalez, Illinois Migrant Council
Marla Goodwin, Jeremiah’s Food Pantry
Angel Gutierrez, Catholic Charities
Mark Haller, Illinois State Board of Education
Don Harmon, State Senator
Elizabeth Hernandez, State Representative
Michael Holmes, African-American Family Commission
Mark Ishaug, Thresholds
Ahlam Jbara, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Barbara Karacic, Beacon Place Inc.
Karen Lehman, Fresh Taste
Dan Lesser, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Janine Lewis, EverThrive Illinois
Kerry Lofton, Illinois Department of Agriculture
Kate Maehr, Greater Chicago Food Depository (co-chair)
Amy Rynell, Heartland Alliance
Michelle Saddler, Illinois Department of Human Services
Layla Suleiman-Gonzalez, Illinois Latino Family Commission
Cristal Thomas, Deputy Governor (co-chair)
Gary Tomlin, Knox County
Peter Vina, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Updated, September 2014