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Neighbors Are Going Hungry In 47th Ward; Learn How You Can Help

By Patty Wetli | September 14, 2017 6:00am
 The 47th Ward clergy coalition is hosting a hunger forum, to coincide with Hunger Action Month.
The 47th Ward clergy coalition is hosting a hunger forum, to coincide with Hunger Action Month.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — The 47th Ward is home to relatively well-to-do communities including Lincoln Square and North Center, but many struggling neighbors often go hungry.

A coalition of the ward's clergy will host a forum on hunger at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., to better inform residents about the issue.

Speakers will include Lori Gee, executive director of Ravenswood Community Services, which operates a weekly food pantry; Anthony Alfano, public policy and advocacy coordinator for the Greater Chicago Food Depository; and a former client of North Center's Common Pantry food pantry.

The forum is the third in a series that has included discussions surrounding immigration and refugees, and homelessness.

Thursday's event is timed to coincide with Hunger Action Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness about hunger and provide assistance.

According to data provided by Feeding America, more than 660,000 people in Cook County, or 12.6 percent, are "food insecure" — unable to provide enough food for every person in the household to have an active, healthy life.

Of those individuals, nearly three-quarters live below the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program threshold of 165 percent poverty, which translates as an annual income of less than $40,590 for a family of four, according to poverty guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.