Food Insecurity Research

Suburban Chicago Context

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poverty in the chicago suburbs

While DuPage County is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the nation, with a median income of over $77,000, there are still residents who cannot afford even the most basic human need – food. According to the West Suburban Community Pantry, “Over 95,000 people in DuPage County go to bed hungry every night. Of those, over 45,000 are children.” Over 45,000 are children.

We believe that everyone deserves healthy, organic food, not just those who have the means to afford it. For more information on poverty in DuPage County, visit:

Food Bank Study 2014: 9.7% Kane County Residents At Risk of Hunger
Kane County Connects, October 1, 2014

Study: Poverty Skyrockets in Chicago Suburbs
Progress Illinois, September 6, 2013

Important Facts About Poverty and Homelessness in DuPage County
Bridge Communities, Last Accessed September 1, 2013

More poor in US suburbs than cities, report says
Chicago Tribune, May 21, 2013

DuPage’s Low-Income Population Grows
Chicago Tribune, October 22, 2012

DuPage County Faces Rising Child Poverty
Chicago Tribune Local, March 1, 2011

DuPage County Community Needs Assessment
DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform, November 19, 2010

Poverty Increases in DuPage County
Northern Illinois University, September 19, 2010

Elmhurst in Depth: Poverty in DuPage
Elmhurst College, Spring 2010

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