Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Bureau of Family Nutrition
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


The Commodity Supplemental Food Program serves low-income women, infants and children and the elderly in Chicago. More than three-fourths of those served are elderly.


To improve the health status of the participants, to reduce the incidence of infant mortality, premature births and low birth weight, to aid in the development of children and to enhance the health and access to food for seniors in the community.


The program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, and information about other health services to income-eligible elderly women and men; pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women; and children up to 6 years of age who have medical or nutritional risk factors.

Delivery Method

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago deliveries CSFP to eligible participants at 11 food distribution sites and 181 outreach sites throughout Chicago/Cook County.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $946.0 $946.3 $903.2 $835.0
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 1
Number Served 16,835 16,700 15,410 14,463

Program Accomplishments

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) served 95% of the assigned caseload of 14,463 participants during 2007. Of the 13,676 participants served, 90% were seniors, and 10% were women, infants and children.