Governor JB Pritzker was on hand in Springfield on Tuesday to announce benefits for food for over one million Illinois children that need it. These federally funded food benefits are valued at up to $110 million per month. The service is supported by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and is expected to reach about 200,000 more eligible children this year compared to last year. Governor Pritzker says that this is going to be a huge relief for families that need this.
Governor Pritzker says that this is a big step towards ending hunger in the state.
Representative Sue Scherer talked about struggles that she has seen on a personal level with her own family.
For families, who have been dealing with COVID, this is a way for them to get food without having to worry about going out and going to classrooms.
Eligible children across the State will automatically receive these benefits on a card that will be mailed directly to homes. A new “Roadmap to End Hunger” in Illinois is expected to be released in the coming months.