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Illinois Commission to End Hunger in Rockford Oct. 6

October 4, 2011

Online Staff Report

The Illinois Commission to End Hunger, in partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank, will host a round-table discussion at The Learning Center in Rockford from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6.

During this round-table discussion, commissioners will learn more about the struggles facing the City of Rockford, particularly those who are most vulnerable, as well as some of the private responses from retail partners to combat hunger.

Speakers will include Manuel Carrasquillo, vice president of Lifescape; Joel Cowen, executive director (retired) of Health Systems Research, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford; Kim Adams-Bakke, executive director of the Rock River Valley Food Pantry; Jackie Neil-Boss, executive director of The ARC of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties; Chris White, Rockford-area center manager of the Northern Illinois Food Bank; and representatives from Walmart.

The round-table aims to gather firsthand and expert information from individuals who have struggled with food insecurity as well as public, private and government agencies that serve those individuals.

The Commission to End Hunger is a legislatively-created body, composed of legislators, anti-hunger advocates and nonprofit leaders, whose function is to develop a rolling two-year plan to reduce hunger in Illinois and report on the progress to the Governor and Legislature. Part of their work plan is a fact-finding listening tour.

The Learning Center is at 412 Market St., Rockford.

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