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Illinois College students use chalk to raise awareness


Illinois College students took to the campus sidewalks with chalk in their hands Tuesday afternoon to get the word out about hunger awareness.

Central Illinois Foodbank partnered with Alpha Phi Omega, the student service organization of Illinois College, to chalk the campus sidewalks with hunger facts to raise awareness during September which has been deemed “Hunger Action Month” by Feeding America.

“This is a great way to raise awareness on the very real issue of hunger in our area,” said Kaleigh Friend, Public Relations Manager for Central Illinois Foodbank. “We are thrilled to see these students engaged and spreading information — knowledge is power,” she continued.

Facts shared through sidewalk chalk include statistics such as, “1 in 4 children are food insecure in Central Illinois,” and “Nearly 5,000 individuals in Morgan County are food insecure.” Through this information, the goal is to both educate and inspire action in those who see it.

For more information on how to find your local food pantry or to learn more about Central Illinois Foodbank, visit or call 217.522.4022.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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