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Hunger Across Cook County


Poverty and Food Insecurity

While poverty and food insecurity go hand in hand, other factors also contribute. We know that many people with incomes above the poverty level are food insecure. Other barriers to obtaining food often include: unemployment, lack of access to transportation and health problems.

These barriers and more can prevent people from obtaining enough food for their entire household. Our programs strive to end hunger by creating pathways for consistent food access. We create partnerships with other programs and organizations, addressing issues that intersect with food insecurity.

How COVID-19 Affects Food Insecurity

The COVID-19 crisis left millions of Americans facing food insecurity for the first time.

  • According to Feeding America, more than 42 million people may have experienced food insecurity in 2021, including a potential 13 million children, due to the continued effects of the pandemic.
  • Rising food insecurity is still hitting communities of color the hardest. For generations – long before the pandemic – systemic inequities and racial injustice have led to disproportionate rates of poverty and food insecurity among our Black and Latino neighbors.

Learn more in our latest Hunger Report.