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Running on Empty: Nutritional Access for Children in Cook County, IL

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Publication Date: February 2010

Publisher(s): Social IMPACT Research Group

Author(s): Heartland Alliance Social IMPACT Research Group

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Topic: Social conditions (Poverty and homelessness)

Keywords: Illinois; Poverty; Children; Hunger

Type: Report

Coverage: Illinois

Abstract:

In an effort to make informed program expansion and improvement decisions, the Greater Chicago Food Depository commissioned the Social IMPACT Research Center of Heartland Alliance to conduct a study of child nutrition program coverage and child nutrition and hunger in Cook County, Illinois.
This study examined the geographic coverage of child nutrition programs to identify areas that have the greatest number of unserved children and have the worst program coverage. The study also took an in-depth look at the nutritional lives of children attending summer nutrition programs. Insights in these two areas are vital to helping organizations like the Greater Chicago Food Depository make sound programmatic and expansion decisions that will best meet the nutritional and hunger needs of Cook County’s most vulnerable children.