Bureau of Family Nutrition
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description:


Participants in the WIC program (women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or in the postpartum period as well as their children up to 5 years of age) and income-eligible senior citizens


To promote the routine consumption of fruits and vegetables as a part of the daily diet.


The program provides coupons that can be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets in 24 counties. The program can only operate from July through November 30th of each year. Nutrition education materials, including recipes, are also distributed.

Delivery Method

The Department operates two separate programs. Coupons for WIC participants are distributed at WIC clinics. Coupons for seniors are distributed at local senior citizens' centers through the cooperation of the Illinois Department on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, and the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Program Data

WIC/Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $814.30 $777.20 $777.20 $500.50
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 1
Number Served 65700 66500 86990 87000

Program Effectiveness

The program continues to grow to new areas even though funding is reduced. Two new counties were added to the program in 2006. Through matching funds the program provides fresh produce to 31,500 clients that participate in nine of the WIC Food Centers in Chicago.