About 54,377 East Central Illinois residents – or about 32.5 percent of the region’s population – were on food stamp rolls in January 2017, according to an East Central Reporter analysis of 66 Illinois welfare offices
Approximately 1.9 million Illinoisans – or about 15 percent of the state’s population – were on food stamp rolls in January 2017, according to a Prairie State Wire analysis of 66 Illinois welfare offices.
Welfare offices in Charleston, Robinson, Danville and Olney saw food stamp costs drop by an average of 6.0 percent from January 2015 to January 2017, according to an East Central Reporter analysis of 66 Illinois welfare offices.
The number of people receiving food stamps in four East Central Illinois locations dropped by 3.5 percent as President Trump entered office, according to an East Central Reporter analysis of federal data.
The United States is considered one of the top destination points for child trafficking with cases reported in all 50 states, including 143 investigated calls to the hotline for allegations of human trafficking in 2016 by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
The Illinois Department of Human Services and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have openings available to help SNAP recipients receive training and learn skills to gain meaningful employment.