IHC's Greater Grand Crossing Committee visits legislators in Springfield
End Hunger in Illinois

Illinois Hunger Coalition (IHC) seeks to end hunger and its underlying causes. For services call our toll free Hunger Hotline 800-359-2163

ABAWD Time-Limits and SNAP Employment & Training
IHC is pleased to announce that the Governor has applied for the waiver from USDA to exempt as many as 260,000 unemployed able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) aged 18-49 who would have become subject to a time limit of just 3 months of SNAP benefits in a 3 year period, beginning on January 2017.
Thanks to all of IHC's partners and member organizations who worked to raise awareness about the importance of the SNAP waiver. 
Despite having a waiver through December 31st, 2017, Illinois runs a mixed mandatory and voluntary SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) program meaning that ABAWDs are mandated to participate in this work program and will be at-risk of losing their SNAP benefits if they do not comply.
For more information about ABAWD policy and updates as well as SNAP Employment & Training in IL, please see the following:
Call IHC's Hunger Hotline at 1-800-359-2163 to report loss of SNAP Benefits for ABAWDs and to get involved in advocacy. We are also collecting information and stories through a google form. You can add information to the form by clicking here
Protect SNAP Benefits

Urgent Action Needed: Oppose Budget Proposals to Cut SNAP
The House is attempting to turn SNAP into a block grant program, cutting $125 billion from SNAP over the next 10 years.

Here is how you can help to KEEP SNAP STRONG:


  • Share the new SNAP data tool with your Members of Congress.
  • Data on Illinois SNAP participation rates by Congressional District is now available via an interactive map from USDA. We strongly encourage you to reach out to your Senators and House Members immediately and use this data to protect SNAP from budget cuts. 


Fight For $15

Because a leading cause of Hunger is low-wage jobs, IHC members continue to organize for the Fight for Fifteen campaign with SEIU and other labor and community partners. This campaign seeks to ensure that working people are making living wages in order to end hunger.