Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs (WIC/Senior)
Bureau of Family Nutrition
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

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.

Purpose

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

Services

The program provides checks 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. Checks for WIC participants are distributed at WIC clinics. Checks 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

SFY04 SFY05 SFY06 SFY07
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $777.2 $777.2 $500.5 $934.4
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 3*
Number Served 66,500 86,990 87,000 74,000

*Catholic Charities, IL Department on Aging and WIC clinics

Program Accomplishments

The WIC/Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP/SFMNP) served over 74,000 participants in 24 counties during 2007. Of the 74,000 participants served, 45% were seniors and 55% were women and children. This was the first year the programs used a banking system and issued checks instead of coupons.