Lake County IDHS Office Recipient of Nationwide Award

Lake County IDHS office one of two nationwide recipients of the Food Stamp Hunger Champion Award

IDHS honored for creating innovative partnerships with community organizations

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Lake County Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) has been honored by the federal government for its efforts to prevent hunger. Today, Tim English, Midwest Regional Food Stamp Director presented Marva Arnold, Director of the IDHS Division of Human Capital Development with the Hunger Champion Mentor Award. The Lake County office is one of just two programs to receive the award for exemplary service in conducting outreach and assisting eligible clients to obtain Food Stamps.

"The Lake County Family Community Resource Center has done an excellent job of partnering with community organizations to strengthen anti-hunger resources in the Park City area," said Arnold. "The staff have worked hard to reach out to the community and make the Food Stamp program accessible to a variety of populations, including Spanish and Russian speaking clients."

The Hunger Champion mentor Award is selected from nominations submitted to the USDA from state and local offices and advocacy groups serving communities across the country. Illinois was one of two awardees chosen from 81 nominations nationwide.

The Lake County office also recently received a Big Ten Award from the USDA for their Food Stamp Accuracy Rate with 98.9 percent within the 30 days limit.

There were 628,723 Illinois households receiving Food Stamps last month, a 7.3 percent increase over the November 2007 figure of 585,751.