Food and Nutrition Programs

This page will be updated continuously to reflect the most recent information. This page was last updated on February 22, 2021.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The COVID relief law provides a 15 percent increase to monthly SNAP benefits for January through June 2021, and extends SNAP eligibility to college students who are eligible for a federal or state work study program or for certain types of federal student aid. The bill also excludes Pandemic Unemployment Compensation from being counted toward household income for SNAP benefits and eligibility for the month of receipt and the following 9 months For more information on accessing SNAP benefits in Illinois, please click here.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay health. For more information on accessing WIC benefits in Illinois, please click here.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
Congress created  the P-EBT program as part of the  Families First Coronavirus Response Act  to provide temporary food benefits to children who receive free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program. P-EBT only provides benefits for days that students are remote learning, but without being offered a meal at school, or home for an approved COVID-related absence. For more information, please click here.

Senior Nutrition Programs
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provided an additional $175 million in l funding for the Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs (OAA),  and continues to extend  temporary waivers for OAA nutrition services  through FY 2021. For more information, please click here. For information about Meals on Wheels, please click here.