Building Healthier Families

The healthy choice isn't always the easy choice, especially on a limited budget. Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP) staff provide practical tips to help low-income individuals and families prepare safe and healthy meals while staying active every day!

Working Within Communities

INEP staff work with a variety of community organizations to ensure that low-income families have access to information on good nutrition and physical activity. These community partners may include the local health department, emergency shelters, food pantries, WIC clinics, Head Start sites, senior citizen centers, Family Community Resource Centers, housing authorities, eligible schools, grocery stores, and community centers.

Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity

INEP staff provide classes that teach participants how to use their food dollars wisely, select healthy foods for their families, prepare and store food safely, and balance food intake with physical activity.

Click here for a collection of more than 600 healthy INEP recipes.

Changing Lives

When I first came to class, I was expecting just cooking, but I learned so much about nutrition and how to eat healthier. I was amazed that my son ate all the healthy foods we prepared. Now, when I go shopping, I know how to read the labels. This class was a good experience, and I am happy I took it, or I would probably be home eating chips and soda. - Nutrition Education Participant

This material was funded in part by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, call 1-800-843-6154.

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. Working with national, state, and local partners, INEP provides basic nutrition, food safety, and food budgeting education to limited-resource audiences.

INEP Near You

To find out if SNAP-Ed or EFNEP are offered near you, please select your county from the list below.