Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Bureau of Family Nutrition
Illinois Department of Human Services
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program serves low-income women, children and the elderly in Chicago, East St. Louis and seven Southern Illinois counties. More than 97% of those served are elderly.
The purpose of the program is to reduce early deaths, increase productivity, and improve the heath and nutritional status for seniors, post-partum women, and eligible children through supplemental foods and nutrition education.
The program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, and information about other health services to income-eligible elderly women and men; postpartum women; and children up to 6 years of age who have medical or nutritional risk factors.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago deliveries CSFP to eligible participants at 10 food distribution sites and 181 outreach sites throughout Chicago/Cook County. Tri-State Food Bank delivers food packages to 10 sites in seven different counties, and the St. Louis area Food Bank in two counties.
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- The Commodity Supplemental Food Program was allowed to increase caseload in FY2010 due to increased funding provided in the FY 2010 Appropriations Bill. With the increase in caseload, two new agencies were added; the St. Louis Area Food bank and the Tri-State Food Bank. This is the first time new agencies have been added.