Strategies to reduce hunger

The Hunger Collaborative is working to develop strategies to reduce hunger by addressing its root causes in Knox and Warren Counties. Here is a list of current projects by their priority root cause of hunger.

Awareness of services

  • Adult Systems of Care (Lead grantee: Bridgeway)
    The Adult Systems of Care Coordinator is a direct contact for individuals in need of services.  The coordinator works with the local network of nonprofit (and governmental) service providers to support community members in both Knox and Warren Counties with accessible services so they can thrive. Contact the Adult Systems of Care Coordinator for more information.
  • Multilingual Service and Resource Wiki (Lead grantee: Western Illinois Regional Council – Community Action Agency)
    The Service and Resource Wiki is an online database that allows those in need of services and organizations access to current information on resources available in our region. In 2023 the wiki will be available in English and Spanish, with an expansion to French in 2024. For more information contact WIRC-CAA at 309.837.2997.

Workforce and skills readiness

  • SkillsUSA (Lead grantee: Galesburg Area Vocational Center)
    SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Students in the program develop career and technical skills through classroom curriculum, events and competitions. The program is operated and staffed by GAVC and is available to Knox and Warren County students. Read a story about students participating in SkillsUSA.
  • Online Expansion of Illinois Diploma Equivalency Program (Lead grantee: Regional Office of Education #33)

    Access to online education for individuals seeking their Illinois High School diploma equivalency is expanding in Knox and Warren Counties. This Hunger Collaborative grant is providing 2-3 part-time instructors and allowing for increased licenses for the diploma equivalency curriculum.



  • Free Fare for All (Lead grantee: Knox County Housing Authority)
    With City of Galesburg Public Transportation, the Knox County Housing Authority is providing free access to transit services for all residents of KCHA public housing. For more details on the program contact the Knox County Housing Authority office at 309.342.8129.
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