Food insecurity is an indicator of the percentage of the population experiencing limited or uncertain access to nutritionally adequate food for their well being. Food insecurity is closely associated with income levels, employment, and the development of chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and mental health issues. The annual income needed by a one-parent family with a preschooler and school-age child to maintain self-sufficiency in DuPage County in 2011 was $65,321.
In cooperation with Impact DuPage, Loaves & Fishes monitors important indicators that tell the story of our community needs.
Additional Articles and Information
- Food Insecurity, the Federal Nutrition Programs and Health
- Food Security Symposium at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
- “Food Security in the U.S.” United States Department of Agriculture
- “Hunger is a Vital Sign; Vaccinating Communities Against Hunger By Empowering Food-Insecure Families.” Dr. John Cook, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and a Principal Investigator for Children’s HealthWatch.
- DuPage Hunger Study 2014 Prepared for Northern Illinois Food Bank.
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Community Health Partners
Loaves & Fishes is working with service organizations in our community to address food insecurity issues effectively and conveniently. The following information provides a brief description of recommended protocol for our community health partners.
USE THE HUNGER VITAL SIGN TO IDENTIFY FOOD INSECURITY
The “Hunger Vital Sign” is a simplified, two-question screening tool that can be used by agency partners to assess households for food insecurity. The screening questions are included below in both English and Spanish.
INVITE THE CLIENT TO VISIT LOAVES & FISHES
All households served by our community health partners are welcome to visit Loaves & Fishes at 1871 High Grove Lane in Naperville to shop for food during our grocery hours. Partners are encouraged to issue a Loaves & Fishes Service Voucher to visiting families to identify your referrals.
Note: Service Vouchers should be obtained directly from Loaves & Fishes staff. They cannot be copied, and are not transferable.
SHOPPING ON BEHALF OF YOUR CLIENT
If your client is unable to come to the market to pick up food, your agency representative can shop our grocery store on behalf of the client, or request pre-packed food boxes for pick up.
For first-time clients who will receive pre-packed food boxes. The Registration Form is ONLY required for the FIRST visit.
To place an order for a pre-packed food box for your client.
A client signature is needed for every food pick up. Proxy forms are used for all off – site food distributions.
To provide information on Loaves & Fishes Community Services.