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Local food insecurity update, via C-U Citizen Access

Last week, C-U Citizen Access' Pam Dempsey and Hannah Meisel posted a series of articles on local hunger issues:

Of the food insecure population statewide, 60 percent have incomes above the income limit for SNAP benefits, according to data from the "Map the Meal Gap" project.

"The food pantries are usually pretty good about giving fruits and vegetables, salad mixes, that kind of thing," Raab said. "They do also have easy quick foods like canned pastas, boxed meals, but the pantries give a nice balance."

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Ellnora announces full lineup and schedule

You may have noticed that the Ellnora Guitar Festival has been dropping some pretty awesome additions in the past few weeks — My Brightest Diamond, Lee Ranaldo, Calexico, etcetera. Now they've released a full lineup and schedule, which adds Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure and Brooklyn drone artist Noveller. We really like that you can catch Chris Thile, Adrian Belew and Daniel Lanois for zero dollars this year. There's also something called the Sonic Garden going in on the west terrace, which will hopefully accomodate larger crowds than the Amphitheater is able to hold.

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C-U Citizen Access delves into local refugee issues

If you're not reading C-U Citizen Access, you're missing out on fascinating coverage of local underprivileged communities. Yesterday, Jay Lee posted two articles: a depiction of the effects that budget cuts are having on immigration-services agencies, and a profile of Anh Ha Ho, a co-director of the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center. Sign up for their weekly newsletter at the bottom of any page on the site.