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.
Taken from http://feedingillinois.org/hunger/
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