Groups spread word about hunger, nutrition assistance

June 10, 2013 2:46:15 PM PDT
The number of people going hungry in Illinois is on the rise and participation in summer nutrition programs is falling short.

A new report filed by Feeding America finds an additional one out of six of Cook County's residents is at risk of hunger. The Greater Chicago Food Depository and other food banks are trying to teach young people about the importance of good nutrition. They're also trying to reach more people who are going hungry, especially children who aren't being fed at school over summer vacation.

"Illinois is failing to close the summer hunger gap, and children are paying the price," said Katie Klus, Illinois Hunger Coalition.

The Illinois Hunger Coalition provides free meals at summer food sites for children 18 and younger and can help people apply for food stamps.

Call 1-800-359-2163

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