No one wants to believe hunger is a problem where they live, but the reality is that hunger is in every area no matter how big or small. In 2009, nearly 1 in 10 Illinois residents received emergency food from a food pantry. There are so many in our daily lives that go hungry. Here are the facts you need to know about the hungry people in your area:
-In 2011, the Crystal Lake Food Pantry served 28,183 people from the Crystal Lake area.
-In 2011, the Crystal Lake Food Pantry handed out 595,328 pounds of food.
-In The Northern Illinois Food Bank is a food distribution center that services the food pantries in the Northwestern Counties of Illinois, including Crystal Lake.
-In The Northern Illinois Food Bank's service area, 107,710 children live in poverty and more than 250,000 children are at-risk of hunger.
-48% of the members of households served by NIFB are children under the age of 18. 8% are children ages 0 to 5 years. 6% are elderly.
-43% of households include at least one employed adult.
-66% of household incomes of those being served are below the official federal poverty level.
Hunger affects us all. It is in your neighborhood, amongst your friends, with you children's classmates and throughout your community. Take the time to know the facts about hunger.
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