Ensuring no one in Illinois experiences hunger

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Featured Articles

  1. Article number 1 - Making WIC Work in Illinois Report
  2. Article number 2 - The Building Blocks 4 Success
  3. Article number 3 - 2018 IL Commission to End Hunger Report
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    Making WIC Work in Illinois Report

    The Illinois Commission to End Hunger in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, EverThrive Illinois, Ounce of Prevention Fund, and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law released a report, Making WIC Work: Opportunities and Recommendations for Program Improvement. The report gives a comprehensive look at the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Illinois and recommendations on how to approve the program’s accessibility and effectiveness. The report explores Food Packages, Adjunctive Eligibility, Programmatic Partnerships, Service Consistency, and more, all aimed at addressing particularly low WIC program take-up and retention rates in Illinois.

    WIC is a federally funded program, administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services, that helps women and their families access healthy foods, health care, nutrition education, and breastfeeding assistance. Despite WIC’s proven success at reducing food insecurity and increasing healthier births and positive developmental outcomes for children, in recent years WIC program participation and retention has declined nationally and in Illinois.

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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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    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.