Here is a brief summary from one of the organizations the 6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival supports.
“As an update to what we are experiencing, Care for Real continues to see a significant upsurge in client need. In January, we set a record for the month, despite the cold weather, by providing free programs and services, most notably food and clothing, distributing more than 140,000 lbs. of food, to more than 7,000. All signs point to yet another record year as we expect to assist more than 80,000 by the close of 2015. Managing day to day operations with a staff of just five, these are challenging times for us. Luckily, a volunteer base in the hundreds help us keep up with the staggering numbers.”
Existing research on the senior population reveals that individuals age 60 and older are experiencing heightened rates of food insecurity and are particularly vulnerable to the negative health and nutrition implications of food insecurity. In partnership with the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), Feeding America has released two recent Spotlight studies on senior food insecurity.
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!
You could win a pair of Jazz Subscription Series tickets for either the Symphony Center or the University of Chicago Jazz at The Logan. Entry forms will only be available at the performances. The proceeds will help feed the needy in Chicago. Plan on attending one, many or all of this year’s performances. Here’s the schedule. Good Luck!
And please don’t forget that you can donate anytime to support hunger relief in Chicago.
The mission of West Suburban PADS is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. West Suburban PADS is the only social service agency in west Cook County with a comprehensive “housing + services” solution for transitioning individuals and families out of homelessness. Over the past 23 years, they have developed a unique, integrated approach that to date has transformed the lives of more than 10,000 people. PADS solution is comprehensive and long-term, not just a quick fix, which benefits PADS’ clients and also the communities in which they operate. As part of the PADS Emergency Services Program an average of 40-70 homeless adults and children receive emergency shelter and meals every night between September and May.
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.
Co-founders Chris and Sheila Kennedy have been passionate advocates for the promotion of healthy food accessibility for more than two decades. Top Box Foods is a non-profit organization with a simple purpose: to offer delicious, nutritious, high-quality foods at affordable prices, particularly to people living in areas with limited access to healthy eating options. By partnering with neighborhood churches, community centers, Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Housing Authority, the Housing Authority of Cook County and more, Top Box Foods is able to reach a critical mass of people in need of cost-effective healthy eating options and their foods are an average of 40% off of the cost of grocery store equivalents. Top Box Foods offerings include boxes of farm fresh vegetables and fruits, USDA Choice meats, poultry, and fish, pre-made low-calorie frozen dinners,and all the fixings for well rounded meals. A greater focus on balanced nutrition reduces the obesity and diabetes related illnesses that plague low income neighborhoods. Healthier people make stronger communities. One forkful at a time, Top Box Foods is making a difference.
Helping people in need for more than 97 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest, with 153 programs at 161 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties. Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities. Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help. In fiscal year 2014, more than 1.1. million people received support from Catholic Charities on their path to self-sufficiency. This included nearly 70,000 people receiving a nutritious, warm meal at our evening supper programs; 171,298 mothers and children receiving nutritious groceries and a wide range of services to stay healthy at our Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Food & Nutrition Centers; 2,428 seniors receiving nutritious meals delivered to their homes; and a network of 9 food pantries providing food to 203,000 people.
The Festival operates through the generosity of many people – musicians who share their talents, our all-volunteer staff who donate their time, Chicago’s most loved jazz venues that donate their space, and leading Chicago institutions that donate tickets and other services—that all come together to raise funds for hunger relief in Chicago. We ask that you consider supporting hunger relief also by attending any or all of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival performances! Your donations and the funds raised help feed the needy in Chicago through the works of Catholic Charities, Care for Real, Top Box Foods and West
Great News!! Dates for the 6th Annual 2015 Chi-Town Jazz Festival are now booked.
Check back here for details and for interviews with the musicians and clubs who so generously donate their time and talent. The Chi-Town Jazz Festival plays to support hunger relief in the Chicago area.
Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities and other ways you can help this great cause!