Hunger

Hunger is an all-too real problem in our country, our state, and our community. Despite almost 20 years of feeding the hungry in the Chicagoland area, Temple Jeremiah has seen the hunger crisis increasing. With more and more people not knowing where their next meal is coming from, it is imperative we protect everyone’s access to healthy, nutritious food. Children and seniors are especially vulnerable and are experiencing food insecurity at unprecedented levels.

 

Hunger Advocacy Platform

The Temple Jeremiah Advocacy Platform holds that we:

  • Believe no one should go hungry
  • Support access to healthy, fresh, nutritional food for everyone
  • Support and protect food assistance programs
  • Need to eliminate barriers to food access for everyone

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19 April 2016

Feeding America stretches goals under new leadership

Read an interview with new Feeding America CEO from the Chicago Tribune by clicking here.

15 April 2016

Breakfast After the Bell

Learn more about a potential new Illinois hunger legislation to increase access to school breakfast by clicking here.

17 February 2016

School breakfast participation

Food Research & Action Center Scorecard Ranks States on School Breakfast Participation:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) today released its annual “School Breakfast Scorecard” (pdf) which measures states on the rate of participation of low-income children in the federally-funded School Breakfast Program. West Virginia tops the Scorecard, while Utah is at the bottom. Nationally, school breakfast participation grew steadily in the 2014-2015 school year, continuing a trend of rapid expansion over the last decade. 

Read the full article here.

26 June 2015

Call Congress today about child nutrition

Call your members of congress today and protect child nutrition programs.

In Cook County alone, nearly 255,000 children - 1 in 5 - are at risk of hunger. Every day, the Greater Chicago Food Depository and our partners work together with federal child nutrition programs to provide food for children in need.

On September 30, 2015, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization - the federal law that funds most child nutrition programs - is set to expire. This means future funding is uncertain for Summer Meals, School Breakfast and Lunch, WIC and other critical programs. We need your help.

Please call your U.S. Representative and Senator with a clear message - protect the programs that help us fight child hunger!

07 July 2014

Hunger Facts

Consider these statistics:

  • 1 in 6 people are living with food insecurity in America
  • Almost 23% or 692,100 Illinois children are struggling with hunger
  • In Lake County, 18% of the county’s children live in food insecure households

The cornerstone of our nation’s food safety net is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Most SNAP recipients are living below the poverty line. This federal program has existed for decades and has been highly effective at helping our neighbors in need.

08 December 2013

Temple Jeremiah Hunger Summit

Temple Jeremiah Hunger Summit 2013

Event summary

Legislators and community members advocate for fighting hunger in the North Shore

tjhungersummit-schneiderMore than 400 people attended Temple Jeremiah’s Hunger Summit, a three-day community-wide advocacy event focusing on hunger in our community from Dec. 6-8.

“In the richest nation in the world, far too many families suffer from hunger and malnutrition,” said Rep. Brad Schneider, who participated in the summit. “Even as the economy continues to slowly recover, food insecurity remains a real, pressing challenge in our local communities, which is why I was eager to join my colleagues and Temple Jeremiah for the Hunger Summit to discuss how we can work together to address food insecurity and provide our families with the help they need.”

The weekend culminated on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Northfield, Ill. synagogue with a panel discussion featuring seven legislators: Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Brad Schneider; State Sens. Daniel Biss, Julie Morrison; and State Reps. Scott Drury, Laura Fine, and Elaine Nekritz.

“It was incredibly gratifying to see that our temple community could come together and learn about the issues of hunger and start to develop relationships with their legislators,” said Barb Miller, Temple Jeremiah’s social action vice president.