• What Is the SNAP Hunger Challenge?
    Participate in the SNAP Hunger Challenge, where participants live on $4.50 a day for food. $4.50/day is the average dollar amount in a food and beverage budget for people who use the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).   SNAP, formerly food stamps, provides monthly benefits to...
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  • Face of Hunger in Illinois
    A new study by Feeding Illinois food banks and Feeding America shows that in 2013 over 1 in 6 people, an estimated 1,982,400 people, in Illinois turned to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families.  The Hunger in America 2014 (HIA 2014) key findings estimate that...
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  • Sodium consumption high among U.S. children
    More than 90% of U.S. children, aged 6-18 years, eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new report. Most sodium already is in food before it is purchased or ordered.  Approximately 65% comes from store...
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  • Parents strongly support greater school food standards
    Food banks work with schools to feed students who are food insecure. When children experience hunger, they are more likely to suffer from poor cognitive development, increased illness, lower educational achievement, and higher hospitalization rates. A new poll shows the vast majority of parents of school-age...
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  • Food Stamp Entrepreneurs
    Gareth Olds of Harvard Business School found that government-funded safety nets can have the effect of "reducing the risks of business ownership and relaxing credit constraints." A study of the link between entrepreneurship and eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), found...
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