The goal of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger is to ensure that no man, woman or child in our state goes hungry. According to 2014 data, more than 1.8 million Illinoisans are food insecure, meaning they're unsure of their next meal. The Commission has made progress since its inception in 2011, but much work remains.
The Commission has established three working groups -- No Kid Hungry, Emergency Food System and Benefits Access -- to develop solutions for hunger across the state. Each working group has developed an action plan to target specific populations and leverage existing infrastructure.
To review a copy of the 2014 Commission Report, please click here.
The Commission to End Hunger organizes an annual Hunger Summit in Springfield, bringing together public and private partners from across sectors. Presenters and attendees include: government agencies, elected officials, advocates, volunteers and organizations representing local agriculture, public health and social services. The 2015 Hunger Summit takes place Tuesday, May 5, at the Hilton Springfield. There is no charge to attend.
Contact Rebecca Frazin at email@example.com with any questions about the 2015 Hunger Summit.
Rise & Shine Illinois is a partnership of Share Our Strength, a national child hunger-relief organization, and several Illinois hunger-relief organizations. The campaign was developed in response to a recommendation of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger. More than 449,000 low-income Illinois children participate in the National School Lunch Program but do not receive school breakfast.
Launched in 2014, the goal of Rise & Shine Illinois is to increase utilization of the breakfast program by using proven models. Private funding and technical assistance are available via the campaign. School breakfasts are reimbursed by the federal government. Click here to learn more about the Commission's No Kid Hungry Working Group, which developed the strategy for Rise & Shine Illinois.