Nutrition and Wellness Programs

Food Distribution Program Description

The Nutrition Programs Division is responsible for the administration of the USDA Commodity Food Distribution Program, providing approximately $30,000,000 worth of commodity food to schools in Illinois. Active participation in the National School Lunch Program is the primary criteria to be eligible to receive USDA commodity food.

United States Department of Agriculture donated commodities are available to sponsors of National School Lunch and Summer Food Service Programs. Cash in lieu of commodities is provided to day care centers.