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:

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

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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