The 2018 Hunger Summit took place on Tuesday May 8, in Springfield Illinois. The an annual conference hosted by the Illinois Commission to End Hunger welcomed hundreds of people from across Illinois who work every day to provide those in need with nutritious food to lead a healthy life. Attendees had the opportunity to network among colleagues from every corner of the state, as well as learn about innovations and challenges regarding anti-hunger policies and programs.
Click here to view Hunger Summit presentations.
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti joined No Kid Hungry, Illinois at Nancy Hill Elementary School in West Aurora for a peer-to-peer site visit. Four school districts interested in implementing a Breakfast After the Bell program attended to see how the program works. Attendees observed Nancy Hill’s Breakfast in the Classroom for its kindergarten through first grade and Grab ‘N’ Go to the Classroom for its second through fifth grade followed by a Q&A with school officials. Nancy Hill implemented Breakfast After the Bell in 2015. Before Breakfast After the Bell about 150 students ate breakfast. After implementing Grab ‘N’ Go to the Classroom nearly 500 Nancy Hill students eat breakfast daily.
“Students are more awake and alert after breakfast. While students are eating it’s a good time for us teachers to conduct our morning routine activities,” said Kristina Donash, Kindergarten Teacher.
The 2017-18 school year ushered in the full implementation of the Breakfast After the Bell law. Schools with 70% or more of the student population eligible for free or reduced-price meals are required to offer Breakfast After the Bell-serving breakfast as part of the school day.
To learn more about child nutrition programs in Illinois: Breakfast After the Bell, At-Risk After-school, and Summer Meal Programs read
Fueling Students Today 4 Tomorrow, 2018 Illinois Child Nutrition Report.
riseandshineillinois.org to read more about how Nancy Hill implemented their Breakfast After the Bell program.
In Illinois more than 1 in 6 children do not know where their next meal will come from. Many children struggle with food insecurity when school is out during the summer as they no longer have access to free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). To help close this gap, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP); also known as the Summer Meals program serves free meals to kids 18 and under in the summer.
The Summer Meals program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
A community is eligible for an SFSP site if 50% or more of the children residing in that area are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.
To learn more and/or become a Summer Meals sponsor or site visit ISBE's website.