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 1 800-359-2163

ABAWD Time-Limits and SNAP Employment & Training
Support our advocacy efforts for 18-49 year old able-bodied adults without dependent children, also known as ABAWD. Critical nutrition assistance for approximately 260,000 people in Illinois will expire on December 31, 2017 unless Governor Rauner acts to maintain the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for ABAWD.

Federal law requires that ABAWD must work 20 hours per week as a condition of eligibility for SNAP or be subject to a time limit of just three months of benefits in a 3-year period unless they are caring for a small child or an elderly person or participating in an approved job training program. During periods of economic recession or high unemployment, states can request a waiver of the work requirement. Illinois has applied for and received a partial or statewide waiver each year since 1997. Illinois appears to be eligible for a waiver for the entire state with the exception of DuPage County. Governor Rauner has not committed to applying for the waiver and we are calling on hunger advocates everywhere to encourage him to do so.

For more information about ABAWD policy and updates as well as SNAP Employment & Training in IL, please review the documents in our ABAWD Advocacy Toolkit:
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
FY2018 House Budget: Protect SNAP Benefits and the Community Eligibility Provision

Advocate for Illinois children by urging your House Member to oppose the FY2018 House Budget Resolution that includes harmful cuts and structural changes to essential safety net programs. This includes $10 billion in cuts to SNAP and $1.6 billion dollars in cuts to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

CEP is the federal option that allows high-poverty schools to offer school lunch and breakfast at no cost to all students, while eliminating the need for individual household school meal applications. Under the House Budget Resolution, 575 high-poverty schools in Illinois, including both those already participating in CEP and those that are eligible but are not yet participating, would lose the option to participate. This would impact over 400,000 students across Illinois, would greatly decrease access to crucial school meal programs for low-income communities, increase the paperwork and financial burden on schools.


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.