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.


The purpose of the program is to reduce early deaths, increase productivity, improve quality of life for seniors, and combat infant mortality through nutrition and nutrition education.


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) $903.1 $885.7 $877.7 $869.4
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 1
Number Served 16,700 15,410 14,463 13,676

Program Effectiveness

  • Program outcomes are measured by the caseload served. We are currently serving above the assigned caseload.
  • CSFP serves our most vulnerable population who are already having difficulties financially and medically.
  • During 2008 the addition of cheese to the food package brings Illinois into compliance with USDA requirements.