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Cook County Food Access Plan
The Greater Chicago Food Depository has partnered with Cook County to create the Cook County Food Access Plan, which builds on existing resources to increase access to nutritious food for households in need and create new solutions to food insecurity. The two-year plan will be implemented by the Cook County Food Access Task Force and focuses on three initial goals:
- Expanding a food insecurity screening and referral system at Cook County Health and Hospitals System locations to increase patient access to community food resources as needed.
- Creating a Suburban Cook County Child Nutrition work group to increase student access and participation in School Breakfast and Summer Meals programs.
- Growing the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and incentive programs at farmers markets and farm stands throughout Cook County.
Read the full Cook County Food Access Plan.
The quadrennial Hunger in America study provides detailed information about who is in need in Cook County, the circumstances those individuals face and the Greater Chicago Food Depository's response to hunger.
Here are a few key takeaways from Hunger in America 2014:
- Every year, 1 in 6 of our neighbors (812,100) receives food from one of the Food Depository’s member agency grocery or meal programs.
- The Food Depository serves more than 232,100 households annually.
- 68 % of programs reported an increase in volume of clients over the last 12 months.
- 69 % of client households have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty level. 54 percent of client households have annual incomes of $10,000 or less.
- 58 % of households served through the Food Depository network are currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Here’s a look at the difficult choices clients are making:
- 62 % of clients chose between paying for food and paying medical bills.
- 73 % of clients chose between paying for food and paying their utility bills.
- 59 % of clients chose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
- 67 % of clients chose between paying for food and paying for transportation.
- 38 % of clients chose between paying for food and paying for education.
Read more from Hunger in America 2014.
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*As reported by the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Feeding America’s 2014 study.