By Suzanne Strassberger, Associate Vice President, Government & Community Partnerships
August 19, 2013
“This is a very personal issue,” said U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to a large group of suburban human-service providers in Arlington Heights, “because I was hungry as a child.” Her father struggled for four years, she said, to find a job when she was growing up in Hawaii.
“We lived on food stamps and school lunches.”
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz joined Duckworth at the Aug. 19 roundtable, convened by Jewish Child & Family Services and the Jewish Federation's Government Affairs Committee. They and representatives of several social service agencies came to hear about hunger and poverty among their constituents.
“We see domestic violence victims at risk of returning to their abusers because they can’t feed their children, underemployed and unemployed adults, the elderly, and divorced single parents not receiving child support,” said Amy Rubin, Director of Community Services for JCFS. The JCFS office in Arlington Heights partners with Temple Chai in Long Grove to secure food for clients through the synagogue's food pantry.
This year, the Jewish Federation is sponsoring the JUF Hunger Awareness Project to raise awareness and mobilize volunteers in the area of hunger and food insecurity.