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File #: 14-3764    Version: 1 Name: RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO OPPOSE CUTS IN FUNDING TO THE FEDERAL FOOD AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 6/17/2014 In control: Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
On agenda: 6/18/2014 Final action: 10/18/2014
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO OPPOSE CUTS IN FUNDING TO THE FEDERAL FOOD AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WHEREAS, More than 15 percent of Illinoisans struggle to provide enough food for their families and more than 22 percent of Illinoisans do not have consistent access to adequate food; and WHEREAS, Illinois ranks 24th in the nation for childhood hunger and 21 percent of children live in poverty; and WHEREAS,There are children in every county of the State of Illinois who suffer from a lack of adequate food and nutrition; and WHEREAS, no child deserves to go without food and underfed children suffer from increased risk of chronic diseases, increased rates of behavioral problems, decreased academic achievement, and long-term social and economic impacts; and WHEREAS, 95,000 participate in the summer meals program; and WHEREAS, 32 percent of low-income families find themselves without enough food in summer months; and...
Sponsors: BRIDGET GAINER
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO OPPOSE CUTS IN FUNDING TO THE FEDERAL FOOD AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

WHEREAS, More than 15 percent of Illinoisans struggle to provide enough food for their families and more than 22 percent of Illinoisans do not have consistent access to adequate food; and

WHEREAS, Illinois ranks 24th in the nation for childhood hunger and 21 percent of children live in poverty; and

WHEREAS,There are children in every county of the State of Illinois who suffer from a lack of adequate food and nutrition; and
WHEREAS, no child deserves to go without food and underfed children suffer from increased risk of chronic diseases, increased rates of behavioral problems, decreased academic achievement, and long-term social and economic impacts; and
WHEREAS, 95,000 participate in the summer meals program; and
WHEREAS, 32 percent of low-income families find themselves without enough food in summer months; and 43 percent of low-income families find it hard to make ends meet in the summer months; and low-income families spend an additional $300 per month in the summer months to provide food for their families; and
WHEREAS,5,427,555 summer meals were provided through the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, and these meals were distributed through 2,238 sites, including 1,601 sites in Cook County, of which only 905 were open to the community and did not require enrollment; and
WHEREAS, Summer Food Service Program sites are an ideal model for summer food delivery and provide on-site adult supervision and enrichment activities for children; however, more SFSP sites are needed that are open to the community; and
WHEREAS, Summer Food Service Programs should be encouraged to operate as open sites that are readily available to the community so that all children can access healthy, nutritious meals during the summer; and
WHEREAS, Eligible providers should be encourage...

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