The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.
Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card - an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores. The program is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Department of Human Services administers the program in Illinois.
Eligibility guidelines on webpage. SNAP program also functions as an agricultural subsidy and can be used at some farmer's markets. Most local grocers accept SNAP except for heated food. Can be used for caffeinated beverages but not alcohol or tobacco.