Illinois Equitable Access Towards Sustainable Systems (IL-EATS), funded by LFPA

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boxes of locally grown vegetables of carrots, onion, radishes, cabbage, greens
Supporting local farmers as we provide fresh food to underserved communities in Illinois

Illinois-EATS is an opportunity to unite Illinoisans invested in building a resilient food system and build a collaborative network of food system support. This program prioritizes ensuring culturally responsive fresh foods are available to food insecure communities.

During the first part of 2023, 30 listening sessions were conducted across Illinois to collect feedback about how to best use the Local Food Purchasing Assistance funds. Over 300 community members attended the listening sessions, and more than 150 potential partners were identified. Read a high-level overview of what we learned from the listening sessions. For a comprehensive summary of what we learned from our community in the listening sessions about the strengths and needs of the Illinois food system, read our full report.

What is LFPA?

The United States Department of Agriculture established the Local Food Purchasing Assistance program to strengthen statewide food systems over two years. Funds will buy food from socially disadvantaged growers/producers and distribute it at no cost to community members. Illinois is committed to sourcing 100% of products from socially disadvantaged growers/producers and encouraging the distribution of culturally responsive foods. The primary goals of LFPA are:

  • To support local and socially disadvantaged growers/producers by building and expanding their economic opportunities to get their products to markets.
  • Establish and broaden partnerships with growers/producers and the food distribution community to ensure distribution of fresh and nutritious foods to underserved communities.

RFSI Announcement

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is receiving $6 million from the USDA to build resilience in the middle of the food supply chain through the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure program. Funding will support projects that establish or expand the processing, storage, aggregation, and distribution of local food in Illinois.

Illinois Extension is excited to partner with IDOA to support this opportunity. Questions? Contact agr.rfsi@illinois.gov or bring them to our upcoming webinar!

RFSI Webinar

Want to learn more about RFSI? Join us virtually on February 15 from 11:30 - 12:30 PM for an overview of the program, a review of the application process, and a chance to ask your questions. A recording will be available after the session.

No pre-registration is required. Click here to join the Zoom meeting: https://go.illinois.edu/rfsi-webinar

 

Funding

Where does it come from?

Funding for the LFPA program is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) as part of the “Build Back Better” initiative. The money will flow form the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to institutions in the state. In Illinois, funds will be received by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and distributed by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

How much funding?

Illinois is expected to receive $28 million to be used over two years.

How is the funding going to be distributed?

Graphic adapted from Iowa LFPA, iowalfpa.org

Interested lead agencies will coordinate with socially disadvantaged growers/producers and community partners that distribute food to underserved communities (e.g. food pantries, mobile markets, nonprofits, etc.) to submit a grant application. Funding will be awarded from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to selected lead agencies throughout the state. Lead agencies will provide payment to the growers/producers. Community partners will distribute the food to community sites/members at no cost.

 

 

 

 

What can funding be used for?

Most of the funding must be used to buy locally produced fresh or minimally processed foods. Illinois is committed to purchasing these goods at fair market value. Examples include fruits and vegetables, grain products, meats, beans or legumes, dairy products, and pre-determined specialty products such as honey and tomato sauce. Some funds are available to cover expenses related to administering the program, coordination, storage, and distribution.

How to apply for funding?

The LFPA application will be posted as a Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) on the IDHS website and the GATA Catalog of State Financial Assistance. Before applying, potential grantees should review the materials on the IDHS Grant Application information and Instructions page. Once the notice of funding is released, IDHS will be hosting formal grant technical assistance calls. 

Proposed timeline

  • January through April 2023: Listening sessions
  • May through July 2023: Build an implementation plan
  • August through October 2023: Application for funding
  • December 2023: Funding awarded
  • January 2024 through September 2025: Implementation

To participate

There are three ways you can get involved:

1. As a socially disadvantaged grower or producer selling products

2. As a lead agency, coordinating the logistics (e.g., applying for the award, partnering with socially disadvantaged farmers, managing cash flow, coordinating distribution, etc.)

3. As a community partner that will distribute food at no cost to underserved communities

For growers and producers

To sell your products through Local Food Purchasing Assistance, you must be a socially disadvantaged grower or producer located in Illinois.

Products must be on the Illinois Local Food Purchasing Allowable Foods List and be grown or produced within Illinois. Lead agencies will purchase products from farmers at Fair Market Value.

If you want to sell your products to this program, you MUST partner with a lead agency. If you have the capacity, you can partner with multiple lead agencies! You can partner with a lead agency at any point throughout the award (ending Sept. 2025) if they have the capacity to partner with additional farmers.

If you are interested in selling your products through LFPA, please contact us at uie-lfpa@illinois.edu.

Socially disadvantaged growers/producers that fall within one of these categories are eligible to participate:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Black / African American
  • Latine/o/a
  • Refugee
  • LGBTQ+
  • Veteran
  • Female business owner
  • Greater than 50 miles (or 30 minutes) to nearest distribution point (farmers market or market opportunity)
  • Qualify for benefits based on income (low socioeconomic status)
  • Person with disabilities
  • New farmer/rancher (USDA definition is under 10 years)
  • Business is located in one of the following high-vulnerability counties (as determined by the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index): Champaign, Coles, Cook, Douglas, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Kane, Kankakee, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Macon, Marion, Massac, Morgan, Peoria, Perry, Pulaski, Rock Island, Saline, St. Clair, Stephenson, Union, Vermilion, Warren, Wayne, Winnebago

For lead agencies

To participate in Local Food Purchasing Assistance as a lead agency, interested organizations must submit the lead agency application by October 31. Lead agencies are responsible for purchasing products from socially disadvantaged farmers and coordinating the distribution of those products to underserved communities. The lead agencies selected to manage LFPA funds for their regions will be announced in December 2023.

Ideal lead agencies have:

  • Fiscal abilities to invoice project expenses and follow GATA procedures in a timely manner
  • Fiscal abilities to pay growers/producers and any contractor, vendors, etc. based on a reimbursement model
  • Ability to comply with Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
  • Ability to complete project reports and attend collaboration meetings
  • Knowledge of the local food system in the region
  • Ability to build and sustain diverse collaborations and partnerships
  • Belief in building an equitable local food system

 

For community partners distributing food

Food purchased through the LFPA project must be distributed to underserved communities at no cost. With distribution support from their lead agency, community partners will distribute foods purchased with LFPA funds to their communities.

If your organization wants to distribute LFPA foods to your community, you MUST partner with a lead agency. If you have the capacity, you can partner with multiple lead agencies! You can partner with a lead agency at any point throughout the award (ending Sept. 2025) if they have the capacity to work with more community partners.

If you are interested in distributing food, please contact us at uie-lfpa@illinois.edu.

Below are some examples of ways that food can be distributed to consumers in need. This list is not exhaustive, and we are encourage communities to be creative.  

Organizations that are going to distribute food in underserved communities should meet the following criteria: 

  • Have the infrastructure to accept and store foods (at no cost to the CBO) per current food safety guidelines
  • Have relationships with individuals and families facing nutrition insecurity in underserved communities and be able to provide justification of how they meet this requirement  
  • Have the customer base to use or distribute the food in a timely manner to ensure zero waste  
  • Be available to meet the needs of the community members and neighbors to ensure equitable access to food  

The following are resources to help determine if your community is underserved 

Make connections

Lead agencies

These lead agencies are interested in participating in the Illinois Local Food Purchasing Assistance program. It is important to note that organizations listed on this website must complete the grant application process and are not guaranteed funding. If you would like to collaborate with any of the organizations listed, you are encouraged to contact them directly. If you’d like support in making connections or want your organization listed on our website, contact us at uie-lfpa@illinois.edu.

 

North Central Illinois

 

Angelic Organics Learning Center

Angelic Organics Learning Center builds sustainable local food and farm systems through experiential education and training programs in partnership with rural and urban people. Open to partnerships up to 1 ½ hours from location.

1545 Rockton Rd, Caledonia, IL 61011
Phone: 815-389-8455 | Email: jackie.b@learngrowconnect.org

DeKalb County Community Gardens

DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) empowers people to access healthy and sustainably grown foods and addresses the root causes of hunger. Open to partnerships up 1-2 hours from location.

2280 Bethany Rd. DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-739-0044  Email: hedwards@dekalbgardens.org 

The Foundation for Northwest Illinois

Community Foundation serving nonprofits and communities of northwestern Illinois including but not limited to Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll counties. Open to partnerships up to 1.5 hours from location.

1525 South Forest Road, Suite 200, Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-801-3035 | Email: info@fornwil.org

Jo Daviess Local Foods

We operate an online farmers' market and a Farm to Food Pantry Program in Jo Daviess County, with additional pickup locations in Stephenson and Carroll Counties.

Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-990-5374 | Email: erin@jdlf.org

Midwest Food Bank

As a faith-based organization, Midwest Food Bank’s mission is to share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief, all without discrimination. Open to partnerships up to 2 ½ hours from location.

9005 N. Industrial Rd. Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: 309-691-5270 | Email: akamm@midwestfoodbank.org

 

Northeast Illinois

 

Beauty in You

Beauty In You does distribution, growing, and education.

Riverside Village, Chicago, IL 60827
Phone: 708-527-5557 | Email: rettasham@yahoo.com

Black Oaks Center

The mission of Black Oaks Center is to facilitate local food system development from Pembroke to Chicago. Open to partnerships up to 2 ½ hours from location.

6735 S South Chicago Ave
Phone: 773-410-3446  Email: blackoakscenter@gmail.com

Chicago Local Foods

Chicago Local Foods is a food hub and wholesale distributor supplying locally sourced produce, proteins, and more to restaurants and institutions in Chicago and around the region. Open to partnerships up to 2 ½ hours from location.

1427 W Willow St., Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 919-412-2166 | jamie@localfoods.com

Common Market Great Lakes

The Common Market is a 501(c)3 mission-driven distributor of sustainable, local farm foods. The Common Market provides an efficient delivery system for local institutions and communities to procure from multiple farms throughout the Chicago region. We aggregate products from small and mid-scale farmers, democratizing access to fair market opportunities while expanding food access for vulnerable communities. Open to partnerships up to 2 ½ hours from location.

400 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: 224-955-7720 x 44 | Email: greatlakes@thecommonmarket.org

GGs Helping Hands

GGs Helping Hands does distribution and health classes.

1054 W 108th St, Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-620-3180  Email: jgregetta@gmail.com

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository started to nourish our neighbors at risk of hunger, and as the needs of our neighbors have evolved, so have we. To achieve our mission of ending hunger, we work with a network of community-based organizations and individuals to connect our neighbors with healthy food, lift our voices and advance solutions that address the root causes of hunger – poverty, systemic inequity, and structural racism. Open to partnerships up to 2 ½ hours from location.

4100 West Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, 60632
Phone: 773-843-7784 | sshatto@gcfd.org

Illinois Migrant Council

Open to partnerships up to 2 hours from location.

333 Commerce Dr. Suite 800 Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: 815-995-0300 | Email: mrivera@illinoismigrant.org

In His Hands Resource Center Inc.

The mission of In His Hands Resource Center is to facilitate and sustain human and economic viability in underserved communities and act as a common navigator for small businesses. Open to partnerships up to 2 ½ hours from location.

1200 Ring Rd. Suite 2374, Calumet City, IL 60409
Phone: 312-768-3871 | Email: ihh.nfp@gmail.com

Kuumba TreAhm Garden and Fulton Street Market

This organization grows and distributes.

Garfield Park Garden Network in Chicago, Illinois
Phone: 407-748-2546  Email: aantoin3@gmail.com

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank is a food bank that serves 13 counties in Northern Illinois. Open to partnerships up to 2 hours from location.

273 Dearborn Ct, Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-443-6910 | Email: serruto@northernilfoodbank.org

Madison Street Garden

Madison Street Garden does urban farming, distribution, and preparation.

Garfield Park Garden Network in Chicago, Illinois.
Phone: 407-748-2546  Email: aantoin3@gmail.com

Onward House

Onward House is a community-based non-profit which provides wrap-around services to Belmont Cragin and the surrounding area, including a Food Pantry, Early Childhood and School Age Education, Adult Education, Illinois Welcoming Center for Immigrants and Refugees, and co-located Healthcare Clinic run by Community Health. Belmont, Cragin is the neighborhood with the largest Latino population in Chicago, and Onward House serves as an anchor point for this community that both fulfills basic needs and provides opportunities for stability and growth.

5413 W. Diversey Ave. Chicago, IL 60639
Phone: 773-622-3215 | Email: earaujo@onwardhouse.org

Run-A-Way Buckers Cowboy Cowgirl

Run-A-Way Buckers organization provides fresh non-pesticide produce and non-hormonal pastured farm-raised chickens. We provide fresh produce to our local veterans, seniors and disabled, schools, and food pantries. We educate the youth in the community on basic agricultural and animal husbandry practices. We provide an intern and mentoring program. Open to partnerships up to 1 ½ hours from location.

14317 E 2000 S Rd, Pembroke Township, IL
Phone: 815-272-1326 | Email: stewart91863@sbcglobal.net

Team Enterprise M

​This organization does growing, distribution, and education.

2710 E 77th St, Chicago, IL 60649
Phone: 718-685-8763   Email: fbatchelor4@gmail.com

 

Central Illinois

 

Father’s House International

We run an at-risk after-school program in an underprivileged community.

1221 S 15th Street Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 470-775-5449 | Email: Comeoninfathershouse@gmail.com

 

Southern Illinois

 

Goshen Market Foundation

The Goshen Market Foundation uses its resources to provide greater access to healthy food, encourage the growth of local agriculture, and educate children and the community about sustainable farming practices and nutrition. Open to partnerships up to 1 ½ hours from location.

PO Box 1030 Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: 314-302-8793 | Email: info@goshenmarket.or

Lively Stone Church Ministry

Lively Stone Church Ministry has a local food pantry. Open to partnerships up to 2 hours from location.

17000 Oakland Ave. Mount Vernon, IL
Phone: 618-203-2593 | Email: banikkatipton@gmail.com

Operation Food Search

With a strategic focus on ending childhood hunger, Operation Food Search (OFS) empowers families and increases access to healthy and affordable food in 40 Missouri and Illinois counties. It approaches food insecurity from an “upstream” perspective by addressing immediate need through 168 community food distribution partners, shopping/cooking/nutrition education, and food as medicine/advocacy work to foster systemic, sustainable solutions. Open to partnerships up to 1 hour from location.

1644 Lotsie Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: 314-726-5355 | Email: ashley.snyder@operationfoodsearch.org or christine.krueger@operationfoodsearch.org

Pete’s Produce

Open to partnerships up to 1 ½ hours from location.

116 W 9th St, Mount Carmel, IL
Phone: 618-262-6531 | Email: hairport89@yahoo.com

St. Louis Area Food Bank

St. Louis Area Food Bank serves 26 counties, including 12 in Southwest Illinois. Our vision is a nutritionally secure Missouri AND Illinois, and we are actively looking to partner with local farmers and growers across Southwest Illinois to support the residents of Illinois with locally grown, healthy foods. Open to partnerships up to 1 ½ hours from location.

70 Corporate Woods Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044

Phone: 314-292-6262 | Email: MKNOPP@STLFOODBANK.ORG

Tri-State Food Bank, Inc.

A member of the Feeding America network of food banks, Tri-State Food Bank collects and disburses food to partner agencies and feeding programs assisting food-insecure families. Open to partnerships up to 1 ½ hours from location.

2504 Lynch Road, Evansville, IN 4772
Phone: 812-303-3558 | Email: glennroberts@tristatefoodbank.org

Community partners distributing food

These community partners are interested in participating in Illinois Local Food Purchasing Assistance program. It is important to note that organizations listed on this website must complete the grant application process and are not guaranteed funding. If you would like to collaborate with any of the organizations listed, you are encouraged to contact them directly. If you’d like support in making connections or want your organization listed on our website, contact us at uie-lfpa@illinois.edu.

 

North-Central Illinois

 

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

Established in 1981, the Aurora Food Pantry has been serving the community for over 40 years. Our mission is to strengthen the community by connecting those in need with nourishing food and access to area resources. www.theapc.org

1110 Jericho Road, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-897-2127 | Email: hshort@aurorafoodpantry.org

Barb Food Mart

We serve 250 families each week. Fresh produce is the highest priority for families when surveyed. We look forward to connecting families with additional resources for fresh produce.

900 E Garden St, DeKalb, Il 60115
Phone: 773-592-8449 | Email: Barbfoodmart@d428.org

Community Food Basket

Located in Ottawa, IL the Community Food Basket serves the LaSalle County area and beyond.

519 W. Madison St. Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-431-0155 | Email: mjvicich@ottawafoodbasket.or

Geneseo-Atkinson Food Pantry

The Christian mission of the Geneseo-Atkinson Food Pantry is to provide food, clothing, and short-term emergency assistance for families and individuals residing within the Geneseo school district.

620 W Main St, Geneseo, 61254
Phone: 309-944-3165 | Email: geneseopantry@gmail.co

 Jo Daviess Local Foods

We are an online farmers' market that delivers food throughout the county. We also have a nonprofit group called JDLF Gives that runs a Farm to Food Pantry program in the county.

3117 W. Mitchell Rd., Hanover, IL 61041
Phone: 815-990-5374 | Email: erin@jdlf.or

Mercer County Health Department

Health Department located in Mercer County.

305 NW 7th St, Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-3759 | Email: hannah.harrison@mchdept.or

Peoria Grown

Peoria Grown’s mission is to address food insecurity issues through improved coordination of resources; access to affordable, healthy food with an emphasis on fresh produce; and education on nutrition and making healthy food choices.

2812 N Bigelow Ct, Peoria, IL 61604
Phone: 309-363-3200 | Email: julieeliathamby@gmail.com

River Bend Food Bank

4010 Kimmel Drive, Davenport, Iowa 52802

Phone: 563-345-6490 | Email: cford@riverbendfoodbank.org

Savanna Chamber of Commerce

Small Chamber supporting local agencies to provide basic needs in the area.

315 Main Street, Savanna IL 61074
Phone: 815-273-2722 | Email: chamber@savannail.com

 

Northeast Illinois

 

The Crave Bakery

Bakery producing custom cakes, cookies, brownies etc.
2202 Shiloh Drive, Long Grove, IL 60047
Phone: 636-222-4311 Email: liz@thecravebakery.com

American Association of Single Parents / Free-N-Deed Market

American Association of Single Parents, Inc. (AASP) has served south suburban Cook County over the last 15 years. At the height of the pandemic, we opened Free~N~Deed Market, a client- choice pantry that offers fresh produce, culturally specific meats, and staple items.

14200 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Dolton IL 60419
Phone: 708-465-5600 | Email: drnicolescott@aasp-inc.org

Common Threads

Common Threads is a national nonprofit that supports food as medicine. We inspire communities to embrace healthy cooking, healthy eating, and the celebration of culture by providing children, families and educators with hands-on cooking and nutrition education classes.

Cook County
Phone: 312-462-0719 | Email: sfolkens@commonthreads.org

 

Dion’s Chicago Dream

Our mission is to eliminate food insecurity and shrink food deserts by bringing fresh, healthy food into vulnerable neighborhoods throughout Chicago. The Dream Team addresses critical needs by using logistics and last-mile delivery services to make nutritious food accessible in 70+ neighborhoods across the city. Our vision is to create financial, physical, and emotional stability for every Chicago resident lacking consistent food resources.

6235 S Homan Ave Chicago, IL 60629
Phone: 312-509-4909 | Email: dionschicagodream@gmail.com

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a food bank that serves Cook County and beyond.

4100 W Ann Lurie Pl, Chicago IL 60632
Phone: 773-843-7784 | sshatto@gcfd.org

Holsten Human Capital Development

Holsten Human Capital Development is a community-based organization.

350 N Broadway St, Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: 815-770-5672 | Email: elizabethprotich@hhcd.org

ICNA Relief

We are the local branch of a national social service agency that focuses on assisting those in our local community who are in need. Our food pantry in West Ridge actively sees clients several days a week to offer them fresh produce, meat, milk, eggs, bread, etc.

2809 West Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: 866-354-0102 x3101 | Email: zakariya.sirajullah@icnarelief.org

Love Thy Neighbor Austin

Love Thy Neighbor In Austin is a 501(c)(3)community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors. Our mission is to empower residents in building a resilient community by providing support and other resources to promote health and wellness. We believe that by working together as a united community, we can address the challenges of food insecurity.

1823 N Luna Ave #1, Chicago, IL 60639
Phone: 773-710-4066 | Email: lovethyneighborinaustin@gmail.com

North Chicago Think Tank

NCTT pursues health equity for hyper-exploited citizens of north Chicago and Waukegan, Illinois.

429 Hull Ct, Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 262-456-9965 | Email: frpettis@gmail.com

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank is helping fight food insecurity in Northern Illinois.

273 Dearborn Ct Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-443-6910 | Email: aserruto@northernilfoodbank.org

OAI

OAI is supporting the PRNN, a neighborhood network that supports the communities of Park Forest and Richton Park. We are dedicated to ensuring that quality living is obtainable and equitable for all residents. We screen our residents for barriers to resources and find ways to connect our residents to the resources that are missing from their community. This includes food scarcity, mental health and wellness services and opportunities for our youth.

208 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, IL 60466
Phone: 708-283-5020 | Email: cwilliams@oaiinc.org

Plant Chicago

Plant Chicago's mission is to cultivate local circular economies.

4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
Phone: 773-847-5523 | Email: jonathan@plantchicago.org

Rare Earth Food Collective

Rare Earth Food Collective is an online farmers market and food hub.

4706 Alden Rd. Woodstock, Il 60098
Phone: 815-912-2687 | Email: andrew@refc.farm

River City Church Chicago

We are a church in a low poverty community in the suburban area of Chicago. We host a food pantry between once to twice a month for local families in need of food and clothing.

1413 East End Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708-303-8404 | Email: Rivercitychurch2016@gmail.com

Run-A-Way Buckers

Run-A-Way Buckers organization provides fresh non-pesticide produce and non-hormonal pastured farm-raised chickens. We provide fresh produce to our local veterans, seniors and disabled, schools, and food pantries. We educate the youth in the community on basic agricultural and animal husbandry practices. We provide an intern and mentoring program.

14317 E 2000 S Rd, Pembroke Township, IL
Phone: 815-272-1326 | Email: stewart91863@sbcglobal.net

Sisters Working It Out

4351 D. Drexel Ave. Chicago, IL 60653
Phone: 708-932-9761 | Email: bbrent@sistersworkingitout.org

The Eco-Friendly Mobile Farm Stand Project

The Eco-Friendly Mobile Farm Stand Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides provide urban farmers with electric mobile farm stands so they can deliver their locally grown, fresh & healthy produce to residents experiencing food insecurity -- all done without them having to pay for expensive gasoline and pollute the local air.

492 S Arlington Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Phone: 312-852-0132 | Email: bkop64@gmail.com

University of Illinois Kankakee

1650 Commerce Dr, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815-933-8337 | Email: Froning@illinois.edu

Will County Land Use Department Community Development Division

Coordinator of county-wide community garden program that has several gardens that support food pantries. Currently have 18 pantry partners.

58 E. Clinton Street, Suite 100, Joliet IL 60432
Phone: 779-230-0637 | Email: kpecora@willcountylanduse.com

 

Central Illinois

 

Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Bloomington/The Pantry

We are a grocery-style food pantry that currently serves an average of about 70 families per week. We are open every Saturday.

2810 Tractor Lane, Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-829-3936 | Email: lift@theapc.org

Community for Christ Assistance Center

Faith-based organization which operates a food pantry and thrift store.

113 E Jefferson St, Camp Point, IL 62320
Phone: 217-593-7052 | Email: cfcac@adams.net

Old King’s Orchard Community Center

OKO is a non-for profit that works with youth and their families to help them get to a better situation in their daily struggles and challenges to position themselves to achieve more positive and productive outcomes and goals!

815 N. Church Street, Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-428-2782 | Email: djoyner@okocommunitycenter.org

Peoria Area Food Bank

The Peoria Area Food Bank serves Peoria, Tazewell and Mason counties.

721 W McBean St, Peoria, IL 61605
Phone: 309-671-3906 | Email: wcannon@pcceo.org

 

Southern Illinois

 

Cahokia Unit School District

School district

1700 Jerome Ln, Cahokia, IL 32206
Phone: 618-600-3624 | Email: allenj@cusd187.org

Circle A Servolution

Circle A Servolution is a food pantry located in Wabash County.

103 S State St, Allendale, IL 62410
Phone: 618-240-1508 | Email: circleaservolution@gmail.com

Gateway Region YMCA

The Gateway Region YMCA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charity

dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving health and well-being, and supporting and serving nearly 325,000 individuals in the bi-state region and employing more than 5,000 full-time and part-time people. In Illinois, we serve community members through 8 branches located across Clinton, Monroe, Madison, Randolph, and St. Clair Counties.

2815 Scott Ave, Suite D, St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 618-407-3579 | Email: anthony@compugineers.com

HOPCA Family and Community Center

Mobile food pantry distributor.

5503 N Park Dr, Washington Park, IL 62204
Phone: 314-421-8821 | Email: marla.guggenheimer@gwrymca.org

Pete’s Produce

1020 N Walnut St, Mount Carmel
Phone: 618-262-6531 | Email: hairport89@yahoo.com

St. Louis Area Food Bank

The vision of the St. Louis Area Food Bank is simply a nutritionally secure Illinois and Missouri. We serve 12 counties in Southwest Illinois, and there are many farmers in our region that we continue to build relationships with to nourish the families of Southwest Illinois.

70 Corporate Woods Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044
Phone: 314-292-6262 | Email: MKNOPP@STLFOODBANK.ORG

The Family Treehouse – Twigs

Twigs began in 2011. We have four main programs – a summer lunch program that provided over 100,000 lunches to children in 25+ communities in Illinois and Missouri this summer, a program that runs during the school year and provides weekend bags of food to at-risk children, a monthly mobile market that provides food to approximately 250-300 households per month, and Metro East Mutual Aid which supplies families struggling to make ends meet with diapers, pull-ups, menstrual supplies, and basic household cleaning and paper supplies.

2101 Cleveland Blvd., Granite City, IL 62040
Phone: 618-973-1627 | Email: twigsforkids@gmail.com

Food safety requirements

Growers and food handlers will need to meet minimum food safety standards for the project and are expected to continually maintain best practices for food safety throughout the life of the program and beyond. All growers and producers must follow state and federal requirements for their products. Depending on where the food is being distributed, additional food safety standards may be required.

Fruit and vegetable growers

Growers selling produce to IL-EATS must provide a certificate from an approved safety course (e.g. FSMA Produce Safety Rule, GAP, third-party certifications, etc.) OR complete one of the food safety training options listed below. All training options are offered at no cost. Additional sessions may be scheduled as needed.

Jan. 19, 2024: Produce Safety Alliance Training at the Everything Local Conference (Springfield, Illinois)

Farmers who complete this course will receive a Produce Safety Alliance certificate, which is required by some wholesalers. This option is great for growers who want to expand their business into wholesale markets, or are interested in pursuing GAP certification. This course runs from 8 am-5 pm. This is a limited class size and requires pre-registration. There is an option to sign up for this course while registering for the Everything Local Conference. NOTE: If you are part of a funded IL-EATS project, wait for your code to register for FREE!

Feb. 20 & 21, 2024: Virtual Produce Safety Alliance Training on Zoom

Folks who complete this course will receive a Produce Safety Alliance certificate, which is required by some wholesalers. This option is great for growers wanting to expand their business into wholesale markets, or who are interested in pursuing GAP certification. This course will be two, back-to-back half days: February 20 from 9 am - 2:15 pm AND February 21 from 10 am - 2:30 pm. Growers must attend BOTH days. This is a limited class size. Registration closes on January 26, 2024. Register here: https://go.illinois.edu/PSATraining

March 20, 2024: Basic Produce Food Safety Bootcamp in Southern Illinois

This course is a great option for growers who are starting their food safety journey and want to meet the basic food safety requirements to sell produce as part of IL-EATS. The course will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Jackson County Office (402 Ava Rd, Murphysboro, IL 62966) from 10 am - 2 pm. This is a limited class size. Registration closes on March 19, 2024. Register here: https://go.illinois.edu/produce-safety-southern-il

March 2024: Basic Produce Food Safety Bootcamp on Moodle

This is an online course that includes reading, watching videos, answering questions, and a short quiz. This course is a great option for growers who are starting their food safety journey and want to meet the basic food safety requirements to sell produce as part of IL-EATS. The module is expected to take approximately 3- 4 hours to complete. Registration closes on March 31, 2024. Register here: https://go.illinois.edu/produce-safety-moodle

Producers

All producers selling their products to IL-EATS must meet the federal and state requirements for that product. Below is a list of some of the state of Illinois’ requirements for selling eggs, meat, poultry, fish, juice, dairy, and value-added products. This is not a comprehensive list. More information can be found on the Illinois Department of Agriculture website or in the Illinois Farmers Market Food Safety Guide.

  • Eggs: Must have an Illinois Egg Handler’s License
  • Meat and poultry: Use of state of Illinois licensed processors
  • Fish: Processed in an inspected facility using a HACCP plan
  • Juice: Processed in an inspected facility (HACCP regulations apply if selling wholesale)
  • Dairy: Processed in a department/state-licensed facility
  • Value-added products:
    • Maple syrup: Bottled in an inspected facility
    • Canned goods: Made in an inspected facility & must meet pH requirements

Lead agencies and community partners

Sites that will distribute IL-EATS food must have at least one employee who has completed a Food Handler’s training, ServSafe, Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification, or Certified Food Protection Manager training. If there are sites in need of this training, they are short (30 minutes) and affordable ($10). Options for taking the training already exist, including this at-your-own-pace module. More information can be found on the IDHS website. Please reach out to uie-lfpa@illinois.edu if cost is a barrier to receiving this certification.

Local Food Purchasing Allowable Foods List

For a complete list of foods eligible to be purchased with LFPA funds, please review the Illinois Local Food Purchasing Allowable Foods List. If you would like to request an addition to this list, contact us at uie-lfpa@illinois.edu. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Culturally responsive foods

Illinois is committed to using LFPA funds to provide culturally responsive foods to underserved communities. Growers, producers, and food access organizations are encouraged to review the Cultural Food Guides for a list of culturally requested foods in their area of the state.

Fair Market Value

Products will be purchased from growers and producers that participate in the program based on the prices in the Fair Market Value List. Prices are estimated to be at wholesale or better and will be reviewed and updated on a biannual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions about LFPA

What is the minimum and maximum award?

Applicants can apply for awards from $150,000 to $2.5 million.

How many awards will be given out? How will awards be distributed?

For award distribution, Illinois is divided into seven regions. Each region can receive a pre-determined number of awards based on population density for those needing food.

Do growers or producers have to be a specific size or produce a certain number of pounds to participate in LFPA?

Regardless of how much they produce, growers and producers of all sizes are encouraged to participate. We encourage you to partner with lead agencies and community partners with similar capacities or capacities that can handle cold storage and distribution for your amount of product.

Can I participate if I don’t qualify as socially disadvantaged?

Currently, we are focused on sourcing from socially disadvantaged growers and producers. We encourage you to consider participating in the Local Foods for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program or the Farm to Food Bank Program.

Do I have to be in Illinois?

All food products purchased with Illinois LFPA funds must be grown and produced in Illinois. Participating lead agencies and community partners must distribute that food to underserved communities in Illinois.

What are my options for transporting food?

How food is transported depends on the capacity of the partners within your region. We encourage you to collaborate with your lead agency and community partners to leverage resources. Some funding is available to rent the infrastructure needed to transport or store products and to cover the cost of associated services/personnel.

What quality of food is acceptable?

Food purchased with LFPA funds is intended to be fresh, high-quality products produced following minimum food safety standards. It is not meant to be food rescue quality or seconds.

If I’m applying as a lead agency, do the growers/producers I want to work with have to be in my region?

No. Lead agencies can partner with growers and producers from anywhere in Illinois, as long as they meet at least one of the socially disadvantaged qualifiers. However, you are encouraged to prioritize working with the growers and producers in your community.

Do I need liability insurance?

Some lead agencies may have umbrella coverage for the products they distribute. This is on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed. We encourage each grower and producer to purchase liability insurance that fits their needs.

Other Funding Opportunities

Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI)

For expanding the capacity of the Illinois food system to aggregate, process, store, and distribute local foods. Infrastructure award range: $100,000 - $3 million; Equipment Only award range: $10,000 - $100,000. Applications are due March 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM. Learn more at: https://agr.illinois.gov/assistance/illinoisfarmprograms/resilient-food-systems-infrastructure-program.html

Farm to Food Bank

For Illinois food banks to buy excess products from local farmers. Strong interest in proteins and emphasis on sourcing from socially disadvantaged growers/ producers. Ongoing enrollment. Learn more: https://www.feedingillinois.org/farmers/

Chicago Region Food System Fund (CRFSF)

For building food system resilience up to 200 miles from Chicago. Round 3 funding goals: Move from charity to community solidarity, boost BIPOC leadership, and help the emergency food system respond to climate change. Maximum award: $150,000. Application opens Feb. 2024. Learn more: https://www.chicagoregionfoodfund.org/

Local Food for Schools (LFS)

For Illinois schools to buy local foods from growers and producers for their national school meal programs. Schools are eligible for a minimum of $3,500. Open enrollment until Feb. 29.  Learn more: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/School-Nutrition-Farm-to-School.aspx

Spark Awards

For Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana schools to improve school food systems with capacity building, planning, and product testing projects. Award range: $10,000-$75,000. Apply by April 30. Learn more: https://innovateschoolfood.org/grants/

Innovation Collaborative Awards

For Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana schools to promote systems-level change of school food system through scaling up programs, regional partnerships, or new program/product development. Award: $250,000. Apply by April 30. Learn more: https://innovateschoolfood.org/grants