The Illinois Commission to End Hunger is pleased to release its 2018 Annual Report, Ending Hunger: Protecting Our Progress.
The report tells the stories of the people the Commission serves and highlights key successes: securing the 2018 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) time-limit waiver, which protected more than 260,000 Illinoisans from losing their benefits; passage of the College Student Hunger Relief and Hunger Relief Tax Checkoff legislation; and continuing to support the implementation of Breakfast After the Bell in schools across the state as the law enters its second year.
The Illinois Commission to End Hunger is a collaborative of government entities, community partners and committed individuals that work to end hunger and food insecurity throughout the state. The Commission was established in 2010 when The Illinois General Assembly passed the
Commission to End Hunger Act.
The Commission works to create and advocate for policy changes, improve coordination among existing programs and service providers, and foster and engage new partnerships. It carries out its work via three Working Groups: Benefits Access, Emergency Food System, and No Kid Hungry.
The At-Risk After-School Meals Program helps students get the nutritious meals they need in a safe, supervised setting. For many kids, this is their only opportunity to access a healthy meal after the school day ends.
Under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides reimbursements for snacks and meals served at after-school programs offering enrichment or education activities and that are located in the attendance area of a school where at least 50 percent of children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
If you are an after-school program looking to partner with an existing sponsor in your area to host a meals site, or to sponsor your own program, contact the Illinois State Board of Education at 217.782.2491 or email@example.com
The Emergency Food System (EFS) Working Group through their partnership with the Illinois Specialty Growers Association facilitated a donation of fresh produce which included watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn, peaches, and tomatoes leftover from the Illinois State Fair to a local food bank.
The EFS Working Group's mission is to explore and support public and private practices and partnerships that enhance and advance food security.
To learn more about the EFS Working Group visit their page.