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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

Main Office (LaSalle County)
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Email: uie-blmp@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Bureau County)
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (LaSalle County)
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Marshall-Putnam County)
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Food Stamps Grow Gardens!

SNAP Benefits grow gardens! According to the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) “Eligible Food Items” list, households can use SNAP benefits to buy seeds and plants that produce food for the household to eat (USDA, 2016). Any authorized SNAP retailer can sell food-producing plants and seeds, including Farmers’ Markets. Food-producing plants and seeds can be carrots, leafy greens, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, peppers, beets, radishes, squash, berries, and more.

There are many benefits to growing fruits and vegetables at home.  Access to nutritious foods is increased, new gardening knowledge and skills are gained, and there are cost benefits as well. For every dollar home gardeners spend on growing materials, it is estimated that an average of $25 worth of produce is yielded (USDA, 2011). When children are involved, gardening can inspire them to take an interest in nature, science, and cooking.

For more information on gardening basics, successful container gardening, growing and harvesting garden vegetables, composting, and more, please visit University of Illinois Extension Horticulture website (http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/horticulture/index.php).  To locate a store near you that welcomes SNAP EBT customers, please use the “SNAP Retailer Locator” located on the USDA’s website (https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailerlocator).

The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/. If you have questions or need more information please call University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit at (815)433-0707. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Local Contact: Amber Noll, Extension Educator at University of Illinois Extension, noll@illinois.edu