Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children - WIC Food Center
CSFA Number: 444-80-0669
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Stephanie Bess
(217) 524-3353
Short Description
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food Centers are grocery stores where USDA-approved products can be purchased with only WIC food coupons. Food Centers were developed to provide WIC participants a convenient location to shop for nutritious foods at a time when other major food stores refused the risk of opening business in economically deteriorating neighborhoods that are characteristic of large inner-cities. Secondarily, the centers were conceived to reduce fraudulent redemption of WIC food coupons. There are 16 Food Centers in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago serving approximately 45,000 WIC participants. The WIC Food Center project delivers more than food to WIC participants. The project provides nutrition education, health screening, and referrals to maternal and child health services. The project also assists WIC recipients in their transition from welfare to work by offering employment opportunities, job training and mentoring.

ยง200.202 Requirement to provide public notice of Federal financial assistance programs.

(a) The Federal awarding agency must notify the public of Federal programs in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), maintained by the General Services Administration (GSA).

(1) The CFDA, or any OMB-designated replacement, is the single, authoritative, government wide comprehensive source of Federal financial assistance program information produced by the executive branch of the Federal Government.

(2) The information that the Federal awarding agency must submit to GSA for approval by OMB is listed in paragraph (b) of this section. GSA must prescribe the format for the submission.

(3) The Federal awarding agency may not award Federal financial assistance without assigning it to a program that has been included in the CFDA as required in this section unless there are exigent circumstances requiring otherwise, such as timing requirements imposed by statute.
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Food and Nutrition
Enabling Legislation
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, Section 17, 42 U.S.C. 1786. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 , Public Law 111-296, 7 U.S.C 1746.
Objectives and Goals
To provide low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children to age five who have been determined to be at nutritional risk, supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and social services at no cost. WIC also promotes breastfeeding as the feeding method of choice for infants, provides substance abuse education and promotes immunization and other aspects of healthy living.

For Formula Grants, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) makes funds available to participating State health agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) that, in turn, distribute the funds to participating local agencies. State and local agencies use WIC funds to pay the costs of specified supplemental foods provided to WIC participants, and to pay for specified nutrition services and administration (NSA) costs, including the cost of nutrition assessments, blood tests for anemia, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, and health care referrals.

For Project Grants, funding for the competitive Loving Support grant is available for formative research and educational material development in the campaign for breastfeeding promotion and support. This project will effectively build on the successes of the existing Loving Support campaign to inform, motivate and persuade the audience in an effective manner that continues to increase breastfeeding rates among WIC participants and increase support for breastfeeding among those who most influence breastfeeding mothers (their family and friends, health care providers, WIC staff, and relevant community partners).
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
WIC Program Formula grants are made to State health departments or comparable agencies, Indian tribes, bands, or intertribal councils, or groups recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, or the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services. These agencies distribute funds to participating local public or nonprofit private health or welfare agencies. Funds are expended to pay for supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, health care referrals for participants, and other client services including certification, as well as administrative costs. State agencies are provided Federal funds according to legislative and regulatory formulas. Only local agencies qualifying under State agency applications with formal agreements may operate WIC programs.

The Loving Support Project grant is available to small businesses, nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, WIC State agencies, institutions of higher education and for profit organizations other than small businesses, public and State controlled institutions of higher education and private institutions of higher education. Qualified applicants are expected to update the existing USDA breastfeeding promotion campaign or update and develop breastfeeding training for WIC staff. The campaign update will be based on a comprehensive social marketing plan with an emphasis on formative research, appropriately framed educational messages, innovative campaign strategies, and updated promotional materials. WIC breastfeeding training curricula for staff fall under the umbrella of the Loving Support campaign. Grant awards are contingent upon availability of funding.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility:
A local agency is eligible to apply to deliver locally the services of the WIC Program, provided that: (1) it serves a population of low-income women, infants, and children at nutritional risk; and (2) it is a public or private nonprofit health or human service agency. All local agencies must apply through the responsible State, Indian Tribal Organization or U.S. Territory agency.

The Loving Support grant is available to small businesses, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, institutions of higher education and for profit organizations other than small businesses, public and State controlled institutions of higher education and private institutions of higher education. All applications must be submitted via the portal.
Beneficiary Eligibility:
Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age are eligible if: (1) they are individually determined by a competent professional to be in need of the special supplemental foods supplied by the program because of nutritional risk; and (2) meet an income standard, or receive or have certain family members that receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs. They must also reside in the State in which benefits are received.
Application and Award Processing
Preapplication Coordination:
Project Grants are posted to and applicants must follow the procedures noted in the Request For Application. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures:
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Local agencies and retailers must apply to the State agency in writing. Individual participants apply for WIC benefits at an approved local agency. State agencies must submit required documentation to FNS.

Project Grants are posted to and applicants must follow the procedures noted in the Request For Application.

Award Procedure:
WIC Program Formula Grants are awarded by the Department on the basis of funding formulas to State agencies for distribution to approved local agencies subject to available funds.
Assistance Consideration
Formula and Matching Requirements:
Statutory Formula: Title 7, Part 246, Public Law Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended. Grants are allocated on the basis of formulas determined by the Department of Agriculture which allocate funds for food benefits, nutrition services and administration costs.
This program has no matching requirements. No matching funds are required but some States contribute nonfederal funds in support of a larger WIC Program in their State.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:
Formula and Project Grants are released using an electronic transfer system. State agencies may withdraw funds only as needed. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Post Assistance Requirements
Formula grants require reports on monthly participation and value of food or food instruments issued. Formula grants require cash reports on operating expenses and funds withdrawn from the Federal Letter of credit. Formula grants required monthly participation reports.

Project Grants require quarterly progress reports. Formula grants require expenditure reports on operating expenses and funds withdrawn from the Federal Letter of credit.
Project grants require a Financial Status Report (SF-425). Formula grants require Financial Management Reviews and Management Evaluations.

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Full and complete records concerning program operations including financial operations, food delivery systems, food instrument issuance and redemption, equipment purchases and inventory, certification, nutrition education, civil rights and fair hearing procedures. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain, except that if audit findings have not been resolved, the records shall be retained beyond the three year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
7 CFR Part 246; "WIC State Plan Guidance" is available at no charge from FNS.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $57,526,308
FY 2018 : $55,479,528
FY 2019 : $51,625,852
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
FCSYQ01678-FCSYQ01678CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF CHICAGO07/01/201906/30/202052,760,852