Illinois comes in at number 27 on a list of states where people say they lacked enough money to buy the food they needed at some point in the last year. That amounts to nearly 18 percent of the state's population, according to a report by the Food Research and Action Center. There are many causes of hunger, but FRAC President Jim Weill says in most cases, a decent job is the cure.
While many Illinoisans still struggle for sufficient food, the report says states in the southwest and southeast are in worse shape. In Mississippi, which ranks worst in the nation, one-quarter of its population feels the effects of food hardship.