To end hunger for good, we need strong public policy. We advocate for policies that protect individuals and families from hunger. Raise your voice and let your elected officials know that you support hunger relief programs.
Our Policy Priorities
The Food Depository mobilizes the public to help end hunger. At the federal, state, and local level, our policy priorities include:
- Maintaining and strengthening hunger relief programs
- Increasing the amount of healthy food that is available and affordable to all
- Ensuring that healthy meals are available in schools for children in need
Take Action to End Hunger
Learn How the Public Charge Rule Affects Illinois Residents
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making significant changes to the Public Charge test. These changes went into effect nationwide on February 24, 2020. This includes the state of Illinois.
In February 2021, President Biden issued an executive order directing federal agencies to review all agency actions related to the Public Charge test. Read our updated Public Charge FAQs for more information. The Public Charge regulations currently remain in effect.
Food pantries and meal programs continue to welcome all people. Except for SNAP, food assistance programs are not part of the expanded Public Charge test.
Download our FAQs to learn how Public Charge affects people in our community.