Child Nutrition Programs
The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federal nutrition program that operates in public and private nonprofit schools and residential child care institutions. Participating schools receive reimbursement for breakfasts which meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutritional requirements. Breakfast can be served through a variety of service models including before school, breakfast in the classroom and grab and go models.
The Illinois Hunger Coalition assists schools with starting or expanding their breakfast programs by connecting them with grants and resources, providing technical assistance, and working with each school to develop a breakfast program that fits their needs and school culture.February 2017 School Breakfast Newsletter.pdf
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) are federal nutrition programs that provide free and nutritious meals to children 18 years old and younger. Children 19-21 who have a disability and who have participated in a school program during the school year and have an IEP on file may also receive meals. The summer nutrition programs are sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.
The Illinois Hunger Coalition's Hunger Hotline serves as the statewide phone number for families to call to find a Summer Meals site near them. IHC also assists interested community and nonprofit organizations, churches, libraries, and park districts in becoming a Summer Meals site and promoting their site within the community.
For more information or to find a site near you, call the Hunger Hotline at 1-800-359-2163.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children(WIC)
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal nutrition program that provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and access to health care to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children under 5.
Through the Hunger Hotline and partnerships with community groups and agencies across the state, IHC educates communities about this early intervention program.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides healthy meals and snacks to children in day care homes and centers, family day care homes, and emergency shelters, as well as to adults in nonresidential adult day care centers, and youths participating in eligible after-school programs.
IHC educates schools, and community and faith-based organizations about the At-Risk Afterschool Snack and Supper Program and assists interested programs with acquiring the resources necessary to start serving snacks or suppers.