Challenges Facing Chicago Neighborhoods
Across Chicago’s 70+ communities, there are estimated to be more than 500,000 people facing hunger and food insecurity. Residents struggle with population loss, a lack of jobs, school closures, a housing crisis, and gang violence — especially in a post-pandemic environment. Food deserts affect every part of the city, with a larger presence in the South and West sides of Chicago.
Interconnected with this, many Chicagoans also suffer from these challenges:
What is Food Insecurity?
The condition where people cannot reliably access adequate, nutritious food.
What is a Food Desert?
An area with a poverty rate of at least 20 percent and where at least a third of the population lives more than a mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.
How Does Food Insecurity Happen?
Chicago residents effected?
Chicago Metro Area