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Hunger in DuPage County

DuPage County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. While statistics can seem overwhelming by their very nature, they nonetheless represent real people. In the case of the information about DuPage County cited below, the numbers are a reminder of those individuals and families who--even in this affluent county--struggle to pay their rent/mortgage and utilities.

  • Poverty – (SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau 2015)
    • 65,538 or 7.1% of DuPage County residents are living in poverty
    • 19,734 or 9.2% of DuPage County children are living in poverty
  • Unemployment  – (SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics November 2016)
    • 22,704 or 4.4% residents are currently unemployed
  • SNAP Monthly Participation (individuals) – (SOURCE:  Illinois Department of Human Services)
    • 2012: 67,859                 2013: 65,542                 2014: 69,025                 2015: 68,287                 2016: 67,885  
  • Food Insecurity – (SOURCE:  Feeding America - Map the Meal Gap 2017)
    • 68,210 or 7.3% of residents are at risk of hunger
    • 29,610 or 13.4% of children are at risk of hunger
  • Self-Sufficiency Standard – (SOURCE:  Heartland Alliance Social Impact Research Center)
    • As of 2009, an adult with one preschooler and one school-age child needs to earn $29.31 per hour to make ends meet.  Out of the 108 places in the state for which the Standard is calculated, none have a higher Self-Sufficiency Wage
  • Housing – (SOURCE:  Report of Illinois Poverty - A Heartland Alliance Program)
    • Fair Market Rent (FMR) on a two bedroom apartment in DuPage County: $1,093
    • The mean renter in DuPage County earns $16.53/hr and can afford a 2BR rent at $796
    • In order to afford the FMR on a two bedroom one would need to make $21.02/hr
    • A person making minimum wage would need to work 102 hours per week to afford FMR on a two bedroom

More and more people are faced with the harsh realities of trying to make ends meet. Even working two or more jobs is not enough. Growing numbers of folks are struggling and need NFP’s assistance to pay their rent/mortgage before they and their families are evicted or to pay a bill before one of their utilities is shut off.
 

Those who are not necessarily living in poverty as defined above can find themselves just one paycheck away from losing their homes and everything else. Unemployment, divorce, illness, hospitalization, lack of health insurance, fire, death of the primary wage earner--any one of these can be too much for a family already living on the edge. Assistance through

NFP's program can make all the difference in the world.

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