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Support Our Mission to End Hunger in Chicago

 

At the Heritage Foundation USA, we believe in a Chicago where no one goes to bed hungry. For over a decade, our foundation has been a beacon of hope, tirelessly working to eradicate hunger in the heart of our city. While Chicago shines with affluence in some areas, others face stark disparities, especially when it comes to food access. We’re here to bridge that gap.


Our mission is clear: ensure every individual, regardless of their background, has access to nutritious meals. Through our nationwide network of donors, food banks, and dedicated volunteers, we’re making a tangible difference. But we need your help.


By supporting us, you’re not just donating; you’re investing in a hunger-free future for Chicago. Every dollar goes directly to the communities most in need. Together, we can transform lives, one meal at a time.


Join us in this vital mission. Be the change. Donate today and help us pave the way for a brighter, hunger-free Chicago.

Food Insecurity

 

While hunger may not always manifest visibly, it remains a pervasive issue across the globe. From emerging nations to developed countries like the United States, countless children and families face food scarcity.

Being informed about the realities of hunger is a crucial step in collaboratively addressing this challenge. It’s startling to realize that in a nation where billions of pounds of food are discarded annually, there are still individuals who struggle to access adequate nutrition.

Every single day, numerous individuals in America are deprived of the essential sustenance required for a healthy life.

What is Food Insecurity?

The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.

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Statistical Overview Of Food Insecurity

 

In The United States

• USDA has reported a significant increase in the number of American households with hunger. According to the latest data, nearly 13% of U.S. households, 1 in 8 families, struggled with food insecurity in 2022.

• Surging Food Insecurity: Nearly 13% of American households are struggling to meet their nutritional needs, with 17 million families affected.

• Impact of Inflation: The cost of groceries has risen by 20% over the past two years, significantly impacting low-income families.

• Reduction in SNAP Benefits: Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) earlier this year have worsened the situation, with Propel’s survey indicating a 7% increase in meal skipping among beneficiaries.

• Disproportionate Effect on Vulnerable Groups: Black families and single mother-led households are among the most affected, with over 22% and 33% respectively reporting food insecurity.

  • According to the USDA, 10.2 % ( 13.5 million) households were food insecure during 2021.

  • 1 in 10 households are dealing with food insecurity.

 

In The Chicago Metropolitan Areas

  • According to Northwestern University economists, one in five households are experiencing food insecurity.

 

AND

  • One in four families with children are experiencing food insecurity.

Who is affected by food insecurity?

 

In Chicago, a significant portion of our community grappling with food insecurity comprises children, seniors, and hardworking families.

While some face hunger due to transient challenges like sudden job losses or health issues, it’s alarming to note that numerous Chicagoans are just a single paycheck away from food scarcity.

For many, the battle against hunger is a persistent one. Factors such as unemployment, limited transportation access, and health complications often stand as formidable barriers to securing adequate nutrition.

Historically, systemic inequalities and racial disparities have placed our Black and Latino communities at a higher risk of poverty and food insecurity.

The recent pandemic, coupled with soaring inflation and a diminishing federal safety net, has further intensified these disparities, especially for our communities of color.

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Help In Natural Disasters

 

Natural Disasters can strike at any moment with little-to-no warning. The aftermath is often devastating for the inflicted communities, often for years after.

 

It is estimated that 60,000 people worldwide die each year due to natural disasters. Although this number has been declining over the past several decades, many of these deaths could have been prevented if proper training, resources and aftercare were made available.

 

Modern natural disasters hit poor communities the hardest. Without the support of proper infrastructure to protect and respond to its residents, many populations are left susceptible to storms, earthquakes and extreme drought.

 

Natural disasters also often cause billions of dollars’ worth of damages, a burden that most rural communities cannot afford. Local governments’ tendency to under-budget for Natural Disaster Emergency Relief leaves citizens to fend for themselves and reliant on the limited volunteer resources available.

 

The Heritage Foundation, a non-profit founded by leaders in global philanthropy, is dedicated to supporting programs that help plighted communities get back on their feet after a natural disaster. Through donation campaigns, the Heritage Foundation is able to contribute to volunteer efforts focused on:

  • Emergency food and water relief

  • Emergency vaccination

  • Education and resources for earthquake-safe retrofitting

  • Establishing consistent medical care

 

The devastation of natural disasters for years after. The destruction of property and shelter often leaves developing communities stranded in homelessness. Resources that were already limited before a natural disaster are quickly depleted, damaged or lost.

 

That is why quickly deploying resources and volunteers after a natural disaster is critical. Your donation to the Heritage Foundation’s Natural Disaster Relief program will directly contribute to these efforts.

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