Statewide: Food Insecurity During The Pandemic

Sep 18, 2020
Originally published on September 17, 2020 12:31 pm

This week on Statewide, we take a look at the growing problem of food insecurity.  It's an issue in big cities and small towns and the economic hardships created this year have made it worse.  We'll learn about some efforts being made to help.

And, with many schools going remote, that's left working parents in a bind when it comes to finding child care and being able to afford it.  

That and more on this episode.

Our lineup:

* Sean Crawford talks with reporter Hannah Meisel about problems the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services faces when it comes to placements in the system.  

* Dana Vollmer visits with the producer of a documentary "Seasons of Change on Henry's Farm" about a Woodford County farmer adapting to the challenges of climate change.

* Chris Fink tells us about a big perk of the season - garden ripe tomatoes.

* Our food insecurity series begins with Dana Cronin reporting on how come groups have been hit harder than others during the pandemic.  


* Christina Stella of Harvest Public Media looks at how rural towns have had to find new ways to serve families in need.

* Seth Bodine tells us about an effort helping get excess food off the farm and to needy families.

* Amy Mayer explains how the federal government is providing support for children who rely on school meals.

* Lee Gaines with Illinois Newsroom explains the challenges faced by working parents who need childcare when schools have turned to remote learning.

* Mary Hansen talks with two Springfield aldermen about their proposal for police reform in the capital city.

* Michael Puente of WBEZ reports on another effect of the ban on evictions - landlords worried about losing their property.



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