Honorary Degree Recipient “Leading Fight Against Hunger”

From: Chicago Tribune commencement-2011-10382s-

Every September, Kate Maehr [who received an honorary doctorate from Knox College at Commencement 2011] raises awareness for the 47 million Americans who receive food stamps by walking in their shoes. She spends $35 on groceries for herself for a week, which is about the average benefit for participants in the federal program…

In Cook County, 1 in 6 residents are “food insecure,” meaning they don’t know where or when their next meal will be, according to a 2012 report by Feeding America, the umbrella organization for the nation’s food banks. In its fiscal year ended in June, the Chicago food bank distributed 66 million pounds of food, a 63 percent increase from 40.4 million pounds distributed in fiscal 2007 during Maehr’s first year as CEO… Read more…