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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 54 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 18 million children, due to the effects of the pandemic.
  • The COVID-19 crisis disproportionately affected low-income families and hourly workers. Many people now face increased financial burden, less income or both.

Learn more about the direct impact of COVID-19 in your community or neighborhood with our data map.