ABOUT US

The Illinois Hunger Coalition (IHC), founded in 1988, is the only statewide membership organization that works to end hunger and address the underlying causes by working for a deeper and more transformative approach to economic and racial justice. IHC’s goal is to organize grassroots collaborative efforts across low-income communities to expand programs that reduce poverty, bring federal and state resources to low-income communities, and train less advantaged people to become leaders.

Mission

The Illinois Hunger Coalition seeks to alleviate and end hunger and the underlying causes through community organizing, advocating for progressive public policies, and public education.

Staff

Diane M. Doherty
Executive Director

Mary Ellen Warren
Southern Illinois Office Director

Amanda Kritt, RD, LDN 
Child Nutrition Coordinator

Olga Medina
SNAP Outreach Coordinator


 

Barbara J. Smith
Hunger Hotline Coordinator

Mary Geoghegan
Accountant

Jena Wallander
Outreach and Communications

 
Board of Directors
 
President 
Reverend Bill Vanecko
St. Columbanus Catholic Church
Chicago

Secretary
Luis Montgomery
2IM Group
Chicago

Treasurer
Matthew Peron
Northern Trust
Chicago
 
Jenny Aguirre
Illinois Department of Public Health
Chicago

Jaquie Algee
SEIU Healthcare
Chicago

Judith Birgen, S.P
Chicago State University
Chicago

 

Carol Erickson
Mt. Morris

Angel Gutierrez
Catholic Charities
Chicago

Marie Kaminski
Palos Hills

Kevin Kane
Evanston

Juanita Martinez
Wayne Township

Raymond Swidron
The Private Bank
Chicago
 
Dominique Covin
Recent Graduate, Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago