In a past Shabbat Vayera we studied Economic Inequality in our neighborhood, the communities of Lake County and north Cook County. We learned that more than 67,000 citizens of Lake County and more than 6,000 citizens of Highland Park, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, Deerfield and Glenview live in households below the “poverty line” ($24,000 for a family of 4, as defined by the Federal Government). We learned that at least 50% working age adults living below the poverty line are working.
Indeed economic inequity exists right in our back yard.We also learned that this is only the tip of the iceberg, since the true cost of living at a very modest level (and very distant from the general perception and lives of many in our community) according to the Economic Policy Institute would cost a family of 4 almost $72,000 annually.
This Saturday, December 2nd, Shabbat Vayishlach, we will be diving deeper and learning with Steve Christensen a Director from the Northern Illinois Food Bank to help us understand what hunger and food insecurity looks like in our community. Who are the hungry? What are they doing to address hunger? What help do they need from us directly and as advocates?
Please join us in learning, participating, and making a meaningful impact right here in our neighborhood. This is our responsibility and our Torah. Mr. Christensen will start the discussion promptly at 11:30 AM, and continue during our Kiddush lunch.