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What are the Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP)?


Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP) are funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) of the USDA. INEP works with national, state, and local partners to provide basic nutrition, food safety, and food budgeting education to limited-resource audiences.


We work with low-income and limited resource individuals, families, and youth to improve health issues (such as hunger, malnutrition, and obesity), assist with making healthier food choices, and aim for a physically active lifestyle. Our partners include schools, faith-based organizations, mental health centers, and park districts to provide evidence-based, learner-centered education and skill building.



Why Partner with INEP?

  • Every $1 spent on nutrition education saves up to $10 in long-term health care costs.
  • Teaching low-income youth about healthy food choices helps with being prepared for learning in school and has a positive impact on growth and development.
  • INEP helps to positively change adult behavior and influence youth regarding diet quality, nutrition, food savings, and food safety.

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