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food insecurity migrant workers Rantoul Illinois Migrant Council Illinois Commission to End Hunger

State officials: Migrant workers 'most economically disadvantaged group'

Pam G. Dempsey/ —Every year, thousands of migrant workers come to harvest food for Illinois while going hungry themselves.

“You suffer a lot,” said Abel Cintora, a farm worker and a member of the Illinois Migrant Council.

Cintora was one of several people to speak recently at a hearing in Rantoul as part of a state task force to end hunger.

“One of the hardships is the fact that we never know if we are going to have a full paycheck,” he said in Spanish to a room of about two dozen people. “A lot of times your faced with the choice to pay rent or buy food.”

Pam G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess/Corn grows alongside a road near Rantoul. Migrant workers who come to Illinois to harvest food are often hungry and food insecure.

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