The first step in solving any problem is to understand it. These resources will help to provide a clear picture of the state of hunger and poverty both locally and nationally.
Lakeview Community Hunger Profile
Feeding America released updated data that details food insecurity across the nation by state, congressional district and food bank service area in 2012. In the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s service area – Cook County – 1 in 6 individuals are food insecure.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Feeding America worked together to detail this food insecurity data by Cook County municipalities and Chicago neighborhoods.
Chicago Poverty Numbers
Heartland IMPACT in September 2012 found 23.7% people living in poverty and 11% or 298,403 people living in extreme poverty in Chicago. Here is a snapshot of poverty, income and health insurance coverage.
Illinois Poverty Numbers
Heartland IMPACT released a report on Illinois in January, 2013 that shows 14.9% of people in Illinois are in poverty and 7% people are living in extreme poverty.
All information is provided by research from the Education and Advocacy Program.