2011 Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Fact Sheet

Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description


The Commodity Supplemental Food Program serves low-income women, children and the elderly in Chicago, E. St. Louis, and seven (7) Southern Illinois counties. More than 98% of those served are elderly.

Eligibility Criteria

Includes low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to their sixth birthday, and elderly persons at least 60 years of age whose household income is at or below 185% of poverty.


The purpose of the program is to reduce early deaths, increase productivity, and improve the health 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.

Delivery Method

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 ten (10) sites in seven (7) different counties, and the St. Louis area Food Bank in two (2) counties serving 57 sites.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $907.5 $1,073.5 $1,176.8
Number of Grantees 1 3 3
Number Served 13,676 16,525 17,473

Program Accomplishments

The Commodity Supplemental Food Programs (CSFP) supplements the diets of those it serves with nutritious USDA commodity foods and nutritional guidance.