The Issue: Food Insecurity Among Children in Chicago
There’s plenty of food to go around in the United States, but food insecurity nevertheless affected 20% of households with children in 2011—a statistic that translates to 17 million kids. The negative results range from health and academic issues to behavioral problems. Studies suggest that children from food-insecure households are more likely to suffer cognitive impairment, more likely to engage in problem behaviors such as aggression and bullying, and more likely to require hospitalization. In Cook County, the child food insecurity rate slightly outstrips the national average, standing at 21%.
The Campaign: Providing Meals to Children Experiencing Food Insecurity
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Care for Real to provide meals for children dealing with food insecurity. For every $500 the campaign raises, the organization can provide meals for 50 children for one week.
Care for Real
In the more than four decades since its founding in 1970, Care for Real has never been as busy as it's been in the years following the 2008 recession. More than 55,000 clients visited the Edgewater fixture in 2012, seeking assistance with their financial, health, housing, employment, or social-services needs. The entire operation is manned by just three full-time employees and a 200-strong team of volunteers.
Neighbors in need include families struggling with food insecurity and individuals who have lost their jobs; senior citizens and children under the age of 18 comprise more than half of the client base. Ongoing projects include the Clothes Closet, which provides gently used apparel free of charge to more than 1,300 clients each month, and the Food Pantry, which distributes nearly 60,000 pounds of rice, beans, bread, fresh produce, and other items each month to those in need, including more than 800 children.
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