IV. Program Administration

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers the programs through its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). In 1988, Congress authorized a three-year demonstration project to test the concept in ten states. The success of the demonstration project led Congress to enact the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Act of 1992 (P.L.102-314), creating a permanent program within the agency.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Family Nutrition administers the WIC FMNP and IDHS works collaboratively with the Illinois Department on Aging to administer the Senior FMNP. For additional information regarding FMNP, call 217-782-2166.