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Maxwell, Jane

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences


The purpose of this Capstone is to review, analyze, and summarize food insecurity in Northern Illinois. Food insecurity is a problem that affects individuals of many demographics. Those affected by food insecurity span across numerous ages, ethnicities, employment statuses, health statuses, and levels of education. While this is a prevalent problem in Northern Illinois, the United States, and all over the world, many programs and businesses have been established to combat food insecurity and provide resources to those without adequate access to food. The Northern Illinois Food Bank, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), school lunch programs, food pantries, community gardens, and some other not-for-profit businesses are many resources to Northern Illinois residents that are food insecure. These programs often have set criteria necessary for participants to meet in order to participate and receive resources. This Capstone Project will provide a detailed review of current data on Food Insecurity in Northern Illinois. Existing statistical information and resources will be summarized, in addition to an overview of demographics affected by food insecurity.

Honors Capstone- Graham.doc (355 kB)
Honors Capstone- Graham.doc


12 pages




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