In 2011, The Greater Chicago Food Depository released a study providing first-ever community-by-community details in Cook County of the number of individuals who are food insecure. Data was gathered for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas and 119 Cook County suburbs. To see the results, download the community data sheet here.
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.
The need in our community was underscored by data from the 2009 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released on Sept. 28, which revealed that 15.9% of Cook County residents lived in poverty in 2009, up from 14.8% in 2008, and surpassing the national poverty rate of 14.3%. Within city-limits, poverty rates were even worse at 21.6% in 2009, compared to 20.6% in 2008. Children were particularly hard hit: In Cook County, 22.6% lived in poverty. In Chicago, nearly one in three children lived in poverty in 2009. To read more, visit the Heartland Alliance.
* Data referenced by the Faces of Hunger, The Greater Chicago Food Depository.