Reasons For This Festival? Hunger Affects Veterans

As we pause this Veterans Day to reflect on the sacrifices made by all the brave men and women who served in the military, we are reminded of the challenges many veterans shoulder when they return home.

Too often, hunger is among those challenges.

A recent study, led by Feeding America, found that 20 percent of households that receive assistance from our nation’s network of food banks include someone who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Locally, 18 percent of households that receive food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository include at least one person who has served. More than 18,000 veterans in Cook County live below the poverty line. Read more here.

The 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with the help of jazz musicians and venues and our team of volunteers, is working with local hunger relief agencies to address hunger insecurity in Chicagoland. Join us by attending performancesbecoming a sponsor, or simply by donating online. Thanks.