Ensuring no one in Illinois experiences hunger

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Featured Articles

  1. Article number 1 - The Building Blocks 4 Success
  2. Article number 2 - Summer Meals: Closing the Gap
  3. Article number 3 - 2018 IL Commission to End Hunger Report
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    The Building Blocks 4 Success

    Rise & Shine Illinois in partnership with the Illinois Commission to End Hunger unveils its 2019 Illinois Child Nutrition Report – The Building Blocks 4 Success.

    The report tells the story of child nutrition programs in Illinois, highlighting the importance of opportunities to grow and expand access to healthy meals year-round for kids at-risk of hunger throughout the state.

    Report Snapshot:

    • Statewide data findings for Breakfast After the Bell, After-school, and Summer Meal programs

    • Child nutrition program success stories from around the state

    • Resources that explain the ease of a year-round approach for feeding students

    Data Sneak Peak:

    • School breakfast participation grew by 5% from SY16-17 to SY17-18 among free and reduced-price students. The percentage increase was expected due to Breakfast After the Bell going into effect in SY17-18

    • The At-Risk After-School Meals Program saw in increase in sponsors and sites from 2017 to 2018

    • The number of Summer Meal sites throughout the state increased from 2017 to 2018

    To request hard copies of the report email, rhancock@gcfd.org.

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    Summer Meals: Closing the Gap

    Summer can be the hungriest time of the year for kids and the most expensive time for parents. Kids and parents who rely on free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) no longer have access to these meals when school is out for the summer. To help close this gap, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program serves free meals to kids age 18 and under during the summer months, helping families make their food budgets work.

    The Summer Meals Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

    ISBE is looking for partners to help provide meals to kids over the summer when school isn't in session. The state receives federal reimbursement to cover the costs of preparing and serving meals. Grants are available through No Kid Hungry to assist with equipment, personnel, transportation, and other non-food program expenses.

    For more information on the Summer Meals Program or becoming a sponsor or site visit ISBE’s website, email cnp@isbe.net, or call 217-782-2491.

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    2018 IL Commission to End Hunger Report

    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.