Do you wake up to a meal for breakfast in the morning?
For some in Illinois, it could be considered a luxury.
That is because almost 11 percent of people who live in the state struggle to afford nutritious meals on a regular basis.
That equates to nearly 1.4 million residents, according to Feeding America.
That is lower compared to the national average of 12.5 percent, but officials at Horizons Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry in Quincy said they are working hard and serving a lot of meals.
Horizons Director of Operations Dain Duffy said the number of people they serve tends to go up during summer months for their kitchen & food pantry, due to school being out and parents needing extra help to feed kids.
“That need doesn’t go away when school is out, so all of those kids need somewhere to eat, they end up coming here a lot,” Duffy said.
Jennifer Sacramento receives help from Horizons and also volunteer because she knows first hand how hard it can be.
“We have people who come in and sometimes it’s their only meal,” Sacramento said “I’ve been coming here since they were in the old building and I just like the people here.”
Food insecurity is more widespread in the far southern and the east-central region of Illinois, according to Feeding America.
To read more about food insecurity across the U.S including in Iowa and Missouri click here.
Numbers provided by Horizons of people helped in May 2019:
- 255 Families
- 902 Individuals
- 350 Children
- 2474 Adults
- 188 Children