As holiday menus are being planned, local food banks are scrambling to feed everyone in need this coming year. Area soup kitchens and food pantries are seeing record numbers of people through their doors.Kate Maehr heads the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
When people lose their jobs—and their homes—things like food and vet care for their animals start to look less like priorities.At the Animal Welfare League in suburban Chicago Ridge, behind doors plastered with posters asking for donations of dog food, are hundreds of panicked, barking dogs.
A new study by the Greater Chicago Food Depository says one in five Chicagoans are “food insecure.”The agency looked at data from 77 city neighborhoods and 119 Cook County suburbs over the past decade.
Illinois officials hope they can make progress on two different problems by feeding Asian carp to hungry families.The invasive species of fish has been added to the state's "Target Hunger Now!" program, which encourages hunters and fishermen to donate food to the needy.
Scientists say they have finally figured out how smoking helps people keep off extra pounds.It turns out that nicotine activates a pathway in the brain that suppresses appetite, according to a study in the journal Science.
According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 50 million Americans, including about 17 million children, lack consistent access to food. There are efforts to improve this situation. Back in August, the U.S. Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.