Springfield, IL— Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) attended a press conference today in support of the Commission to End Hunger Act.

March 2, 2011                                Larry Luster 217-782-0907

This act created a commission to develop a bi-annual plan to end hunger in Illinois. The commission will also find funding sources that can be used to combat hunger.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 11 percent of Illinois households face food insecurity. Feeding Illinois, a coalition of eight Feeding America food banks, has seen a 50 percent increase in requests for emergency food assistance over the past two years. Over 1.6 million individuals and 756,000 households participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in February 2010. This is a 14 percent increase from the previous year.

“I am deeply committed to the war on hunger. We must unite as one and fight together. Because of the recent economic downturn, the demand for emergency and government nutrition programs has grown tremendously.  It is imperative that we find more ways to meet people’s basic needs,” Martinez said.

The commission is also charged with providing ways to improve nutrition and food security by promoting health and wellness through nutrition education. The bi-partisan commission is composed of members from both the Illinois House and, as well appointees from the Governor and Lieutenant Governors office.

“This commission is just one step the State must take to  fight the war on hunger,” said Martinez.


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