Faces of Hunger

The Greater Chicago Food Depository conducted extensive research in early 2009 in conjunction with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization with a network of more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations. Nationwide, the study found that an estimated 37 million people rely on emergency food and grocery assistance provided by network food banks and food rescue organizations. More than 61,000 clients and 37,000 agencies were surveyed nationwide. For the Cook County study, 440 clients and 503 agencies were interviewed.

Increasing need in Cook County

Nearly 678,000 people each year rely on emergency and supplemental food provided by the Food Depository and its member network of 650 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. That figure represents a 36 percent increase over Hunger in America 2006 and reflects the recession and accompanying rising unemployment rates. Each week, the Food Depository and its member agencies serve 142,400 men, women and children.

The face of hunger
Demographic breakdown
Assistance helps make ends meet, hard choices lead to hunger
Member agencies

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