Information on Childhood Hunger


  • Unemployment is 11% statewide
  • 1,532,238 people, including 500,000 children, now live in poverty in Illinois – 12.2% of the total population
  • Because hunger is a symptom of poverty, the demand for emergency and government nutrition programs has exploded.
    • Feeding Illinois has seen a 50% increase in requests for emergency food assistance over the past two years.
    • 1,607,496 individuals and 756,341 Illinois households participated in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in February 2010, formerly known as the food stamp program. This is a 14% increase in the number of households participating from the previous year.
    • According to the USDA, 11.1% of Illinois households face food insecurity.tog
    • Over 1,991,026 Illinois children are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program and are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch during the 2009-10 school year. (5)
  • Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2010: Illinois State Report found that Feeding Illinois food banks provided emergency food to 1.4 million Illinois residents in 2009, which is 1 in 10 men, women, and children in our state. The report further found that:
    • 42% of those we serve are children
    • 28% of households had at least one working adult
    • 14% of the unemployed we serve had been unemployed for less than 6 months
  • 84% of Feeding Illinois clients report that over the previous 12 months they have been in a situation where the food they bought just didn’t last and they did not have money to get more.

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  • More than 16 million children in America are at risk of hunger. That’s more than 1 in 5.
  • 15.7 million children in America live in poverty.
  • 18.6 million children benefit from SNAP (food stamps).
  • Over 20 million children get a free or reduced-price school lunch on an average school day.
  • Only 10.5 million children get a free or reduced-price school breakfast on an average school day.
  • 6 out of 7 children who qualify for a free or reduced-price school lunch do not currently access free summer meals.

Princeton Free/Reduced Meal Figures*

January  30, 2012


First Grade- 64

Second Grade- 60

Third Grade- 60

Fourth Grade- 53

Fifth Grade- 62

Sixth Grade- 46

Seventh Grade- 47

Eighth Grade- 30


  Free Lunch    Reduced Lunch          Total              

    355                          131                     486

 * The individual grade statistics combine free and reduced lunch for that grade together

Kate Webster,
Sep 12, 2012, 6:29 PM
Kate Webster,
Sep 12, 2012, 6:28 PM