Access To Healthy Foods

clipboard with NEFPAT paperwork held by staff in a food pantry

To make healthier choices, Illinois families need to have access to more nutritious food and drink options.

Illinois Nutrition Education Programs works closely with many food pantries, food banks, and farmers' markets to help make this a reality. In 2021, we partnered with 212 locations where Illinois families shop for food, with 85% being food pantries and food banks, to nudge families towards healthier choices.

Our programming can be tailored to your location, and may include:

  • Completing a Nutrition Education Food Pantry Assessment Tool to help guide towards creating a healthier pantry environment. INEP team members can complete the assessment and help you create an action plan to help guide clients to healthier options. Action plans may include healthy marketing materials, such as posters, shelf-talkers, or recipes.
  • Providing hands-on nutrition education focused on eating healthier foods and cooking on a budget.
  • Providing professional development training for employees or volunteers
  • Advising farmers markets on the process for obtaining EBT machines to accept SNAP benefits

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