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Branch Office

, IL

About Us


Penny Roth

Illinois Deparment of Humand Services

Chief, Bureau of Family Nutrition


Jennifer McCaffrey

Assistant Dean, Extension and Outreach

Family and Consumer Sciences


Diane Doherty

Illinois Hunger Coalition




Guiding Principles:

  • It is important for people in our Illinois communities to be aware of the existence of community nutrition programs.
  • Community nutrition programs are important to the health and wellness of all eligible people.
  •  Community nutrition programs should work together to address food security through cooperation and coordination to maximize resources.
  • Healthy lifestyles, which include optimal nutrition and physical activity, are important for all.
  • Fostering collaborative relationships enhances the effectiveness of all programs.

2013 Objectives:

  • To share information among food assistance programs.
  • To increase access to community nutrition programs.
  • To provide educational opportunities related to food assistance programs.
  • To encourage involvement of nutrition programs in community collaborations.

Agencies and Programs represented:

  • IL. Department of Human Services including:
    SNAP (Food Stamps), Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC), Emergency Food Program; Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Breastfeeding, Farmers Markets, Head Start Collaboration Office, Child Care
  • IL State Board of Education
    Child Nutrition Programs
  • IL Department of Public Health including:
    Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs & Health Statistics
  • University of Illinois Extension including:
    Family Nutrition Program & EFNEP
  • Feeding Illinois
  • Illinois School Nutrition Association
  • CLOCC-Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children
  • USDA Midwest Regional Office:
    Food and Nutrition Service Programs
  • IL Department of Agriculture
  • IL Department on Aging:
    Senior Food Programs
  • Illinois Community Action Association
  • Illinois Hunger Coalition
  • St. Louis District Dairy Council
  • Catholic Charities