In Rogers Park 31.5% – 57.8% of community members are food insecure, according to a 2016 Greater Chicago Food Depository statistic. And since 1967, Howard Area Community Center has been devoted to alleviating hunger.
But recent proposals to cut and alter services provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for low-income people will make survival even harder for women, children, immigrants, and unemployed adults and students in Rogers Park. In an uncertain political climate for social services, Howard Area Community Center’s free hunger assistance and nutrition programs are more crucial than ever.
HACC supporters have helped thousands of children and families gain access to dozens of diverse services. But with government subsidized fresh food and nutrition services at risk, HACC’s food insecurity programs might be all that people can rely on. The impact of our food pantry alone is enormous.
So this spring, we are focusing on hunger, and asking our HACC family to consider supporting HACC’s growing programs to feed hungry children and families. In the below graphic, you will see that our programs span every season.
We know that addressing food insecurity can feel overwhelming. Where do we begin when hunger is a life or death emergency? We can start in our own backyard.
The impact of hunger and malnutrition for Rogers Park community members is devastating. Without financial and volunteer support, people are at risk of illness and death– from infants to seniors.