Diane Doherty, executive director of the Illinois Hunger Coalition, says cutting back on benefits like food stamps, can increase food insecurity for many in the state.
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January 25, 2018

State Of Trump: Concerns For Illinois’ Low Income Families

President Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in the state and what might be ahead. Diane Doherty is the executive director of the Illinois Hunger Coalition. She talks about federally funded programs for low-income individuals — such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — and their future in 2018.


Susan Stolkes, a Springfield resident, stands in front of fresh produce being offered in January at the Central Counties Health Centers' food pantry.
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January 23, 2018

Illinois Issues: A Prescription For Fruits And Veggies

Health centers in Illinois are forming partnerships with local food banks to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to some patients. With an estimated 1.5 million residents in the state classified as food insecure by the U.S. census, could this be a key approach to improving food access?


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