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 United States changed the name of its definitions in 2006 that eliminated references to hunger, keeping various categories of food insecurity. This did not represent a change in what was measured. Very low food insecurity (described as food insecurity with hunger prior to 2006) means that, at times during the year, the food intake of household members was reduced and their normal eating patterns were disrupted because the household lacked money and other resources for food. This means that people were hungry (in the sense of “the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food” [Oxford English Dictionary 1971] for days each year. More info here.
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and other social services to low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. WIC is not an entitlement program: Congress does not set aside funds to allow every eligible individual to participate in the program. Instead, WIC is a Federal grant program for which Congress authorizes a specific amount of funding each year for program operations. More info here.
Hunger continues to disproportionately affect children as 255,180 of the food insecure individuals in Cook County are under the age of 18. This equates to 20.8 percent of Cook County’s child population.
The new data is based on a combination of factors from the U.S. Census Current Population Survey and county-level factors such as unemployment, median income, poverty, homeownership, and demographic measures. Read more here.
When you Post & Share or tweet by February 20, 2015 about the 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago, you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a Dinner and a Limo Ride to one of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival events in March! Details.
Dr Saul Haskell of Orthopaedic Specialists of the North Shore presented the first Whole Note Sponsorship check to Fr John Moulder at this year’s Festival Kick Off Event on January 15. In addition to their sponsorship gift, Drs Saul Haskell and Ron Silver will match up to $3,500 received by Feb 28. You can help make this a successful match by donating directly on our secure site at GiveCentral or consider becoming a Sponsor by clicking here. And thanks for helping us provide hunger relief in Chicago.
Dianne Reeves, a Symphony Center favorite, is an astonishing vocalist who transports her audience with her power, joyful intensity and spiritual abandon. She appears on the 2014/15 SCP Jazz series on the heels of Beautiful Life, her first studio album in five years. With her longtime pianist and musical director Peter Martin leading the way, the four-time Grammy® winner will illuminate the various facets of love with songs ranging from Stormy Weather to Marvin Gaye’s I Want You. More info here.
Symphony Center is graciously extending their stage once again to John Moulder, Chi-Town Jazz Festival’s Founder/Director as he encourages people to attend our events in the coming weeks supporting hunger relief in Chicago. Plan to attend an evening of great jazz at one of these venues. There is still time to become a Sponsor. And you can always just “Donate Now!” at our secure link. We hope to see you at the Festival. Thanks!
Care for Real was established in 1970 by members of the Edgewater Clerical Rabbinical Association. This organization, which is now known as the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), wanted to provide emergency help to victims of fires in “Arson Alley,” the Kenmore-Winthrop corridor between Foster and Devon. It was intended to be a short-term solution to a specific problem. However, it soon became clear that there was a need in Edgewater for an ongoing safety net for neighbors in need. Today, Care for Real is the safety net for the entire Edgewater community. Its mission is to help in the Edgewater community by providing food, clothing and counseling services to those in need. They do this through on-site food distribution, deliveries to the homebound, a free clothes closet and a case-management program to help clients connect with other services they may need. In 2013 alone, Care for Real fed almost 60,000 people.