A Look at SNAP (Food Stamps) In Illinois and Stephenson County

Illinois — The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net, according to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). 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.

The FNS states that as of February 2, 2018, 22,108,805 total households participate in the SNAP program within the U.S.  That equates to 45,666,795 people in all. According to Statistica in 2017, there were about 126.22 million households in the United States which means about 17% of all U.S. households receive SNAP.

The map below from the FNS website shows the total SNAP participants by state as of 2011. (The most current map report available) Grayed out state data was not available.

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The top 25 participation and issuance states.

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https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/pd/29SNAPcurrPP.pdf

As for retailers, those who accept SNAP (Link Card), as of September 30, 2016 a total of 260,115 firms  were authorized to participate in the program. Combined, supermarkets and super stores redeem just over 81 percent of all SNAP benefits while making up 14.06 percent of the total number of authorized firms.

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Even Farmers Markets have joined in accepting the state’s link card. Since 2012, the number of authorized farmers markets and direct marketing farmers has increased by 118 percent. Since 2012, farmers markets and direct marketing farmer redemptions have increased by 22 percent.

In fiscal year 2016, program recipients made 1,095,107 purchases at farmers’ markets and direct marketing farmers nationwide. The average purchase amount was $18.60

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Looking at Illinois, the state is divided into 18 congressional districts, each represented by a member of the United States House of Representatives. Congressional districts 1 through 11 all reside primarily within the Chicago area. The other 6 cover the rest of the state. Stephenson County is in Illinois’ 17th congressional district.

In Fiscal Year 2015, SNAP provided about $3.3 billion dollars in food benefits to a monthly average of 2,042,306 people in Illinois. The program served 99.8 percent of those eligible for benefits in Illinois in 2014. SNAP also has an economic multiplier effect; every dollar in new SNAP benefits results in $1.80 in total economic activity.

Illinois’s 1st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Illinois. Based in Cook County, the district includes much of the South Side of Chicago, and continues southwest to Joliet.

Illinois’s 1st congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 711,982.

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Illinois’ 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Illinois. Based in the south suburbs of Chicago, the district includes southern Cook county, eastern Will county, and Kankakee county, as well as the city of Chicago’s far southeast side.

Illinois’s 1st congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 718,507.

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The 3rd congressional district of Illinois includes part of Cook County, and has been represented by Democrat Dan Lipinski since January 2005. The district was previously represented by his father Bill Lipinski beginning in 1993.

Illinois’s 3rd congressional district has an estimated population (2016 est.) of 720,930.

The 4th congressional district of Illinois includes part of Cook County, and has been represented by Democrat Luis Gutiérrez since January 1993.

Illinois’s 4th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 737,025.

The 5th congressional district of Illinois covers parts of Cook and DuPage counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Chicago, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Hinsdale, La Grange Park, Norridge, Northlake, River Grove, Schiller Park, and Oakbrook Terrace are included.

Illinois’s 5th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 712,292.

The 6th congressional district of Illinois covers parts of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Algonquin, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Burr Ridge, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Cary, Clarendon Hills, Crystal Lake, Darien, Deer Park, Downers Grove, Elgin, East Dundee, Forest Lake, Fox River Grove, Gilberts, Glen Ellyn, Hawthorn Woods, Hinsdale, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake in the Hills, Lake Zurich, Lakewood, Lisle, Lombard, Long Grove, Naperville, North Barrington, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Oakwood Hills, Palatine, Port Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Sleepy Hollow, South Barrington, South Elgin, St. Charles, Tower Lakes, Trout Valley, Warrenville, Wayne, West Chicago, West Dundee, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook and Winfield are included.

Illinois’s 6th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 712,712.

The 7th Congressional District of Illinois covers parts of Cook county, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Bellwood, Chicago, Forest Park, Oak Park, Maywood, and Westchester are included. Democrat Danny K. Davis has represented the district since January 1997.

Illinois’s 7th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 703,012.

Illinois Congressional District 7

The 8th congressional district of Illinois covers parts of Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Addison, Barrington Hills, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Lombard, Palatine, Roselle, Schaumburg, South Elgin, Streamwood, Villa Park and Wood Dale are included.[4] These boundaries became effective on January 3, 2013.

Illinois’s 8th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 724,644.

The 9th Congressional District of Illinois covers parts of Cook County, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Chicago, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka and Arlington Heights are included.[4] It is anchored in Chicago’s North Side along Lake Michigan, and covers many of Chicago’s northern suburbs. Democrat Jan Schakowsky has represented the district since January 1999.

Illinois’s 9th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 715,584.

Illinois Congressional District 9

The 10th congressional district of Illinois lies in the northeast corner of the state and mostly comprises northern suburbs of Chicago. It was created after the 1860 census. The district is currently represented by Democrat Brad Schneider.

Illinois’s 10th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 705,564.

Illinois Congressional District 10

The 11th congressional district of Illinois covers parts of Cook, Du Page, Kane, Kendall and Will counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Darien, Joliet, Montgomery, Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, New Lenox, Shorewood and Woodridge are included.[8] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

Illinois’s 11th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 722,745.

Illinois Congressional District 11

The 12th congressional district of Illinois covers parts of Madison county, and all of Alexander, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Clair, Union and Williamson counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Belleville, Cahokia, Carbondale, Collinsville, East St. Louis, Granite City, Herrin, Marion, Mt. Vernon, O’Fallon, Shiloh and Swansea are included.[3] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

Illinois’s 12th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 713,289.

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The 13th congressional district of Illinois covers parts of Bond, Champaign, Madison, McLean and Sangamon counties, and all of Christian, Calhoun, De Witt, Greene, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Montgomery and Piattcounties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Godfrey, Taylorville and Urbana are included.[3] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

Illinois’s 13th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 712,716.

Illinois Congressional District 13

The 14th congressional district of Illinois covers parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Batavia, Campton Hills, Crystal Lake, Geneva, Huntley, McHenry, Naperville, North Aurora, Oswego, Plainfield, Plano, Sycamore, Warrenville, Wauconda, Woodstock, and Yorkville are included.[3] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

Illinois’s 14th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 718,232.

Illinois Congressional District 14

The 15th congressional district of Illinois covers parts of Bond, Champaign, Ford and Madison counties, and all of Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Moultrie, Pope, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne and White counties. All or parts of Centralia, Charleston, Danville, Edwardsville, Effingham, Glen Carbon, Mattoon and Rantoul will be included.

Illinois’s 15th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 715,066.

Illinois Congressional District 15

The 16h congressional district of Illinois covers parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will and Winnebago counties, and all of Boone, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle and Putnam counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Belvidere, Channahon, DeKalb, Dixon, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Ottawa, Morris, Pontiac, Rockford and Streator are included.

Illinois’s 16th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 713,840.

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The 17th Congressional District of Illinois is represented by Democrat Cheri Bustos. It includes most of the northwestern portion of the state, with most of its population living on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities, as well as parts of Peoria and Rockford. The district covers parts of Peoria, Tazewell and Winnebago counties, and all of Carroll, Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Jo Daviess, Knox, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson, Warren and Whiteside counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Canton, East Moline, Freeport, Galesburg, Kewanee, Moline, Peoria, Rock Island, Rockford, Pekin and Sterling are included.

Illinois’s 17th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 711,719.

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The 18th Congressional District of Illinois covers central and western Illinois, including all of Jacksonville and Quincy and parts of Bloomington, Peoria, and Springfield. Republican Aaron Schock had represented the district since January 2009, but resigned March 31, 2015. The district covers parts of McLean, Peoria, Sangamon, Stark and Tazewell counties, and all of Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, Scott and Woodford counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Bloomington, Chatham, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Macomb, Morton, Normal, Peoria, Quincy and Springfield are included.

Illinois’s 18th congressional district has an estimated population (2011 est.) of 707,238.

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Stephenson County, Illinois Data

Population: Total population of Stephenson County 2016. (45,624)

Illinois Congressional District 17 population
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/stephensoncountyillinois/BZA110215#viewtop

Age/Sex: Persons under the age of 5. (5.7%)

https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/stephensoncountyillinois/RHI125216#viewtop

Age/Sex: Persons under the age of 18. (22%)

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https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/stephensoncountyillinois/RHI125216#viewtop

Age/Sex: Persons over the age of 65. (22%)

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https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/stephensoncountyillinois/RHI125216#viewtop

Housing: Total number of households in Stephenson County 2012-2016. (19,573)

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https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/stephensoncountyillinois/HSD410216#viewtop

Business: Total number of employer establishments in Stephenson County 2015. (1,078)

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https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/stephensoncountyillinois/BZA110215#viewtop

Business: Percentage of people in the labor force over the age of 16 2012-2016. (63.2%)

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https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/stephensoncountyillinois/BZA110215#viewtop

Business: Total annual payroll in 2015 $593,246,000 (or over $49 million each month.)

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https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/stephensoncountyillinois/BZA110215#viewtop

Economy: Median household income in Stephenson County, 2015 (46,430)

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Business: County Business Patterns 2015 

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Economy: Poverty rate in Stephenson County, 2015 (13%)

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Economy: Child poverty rate in Stephenson County, 2015 (22.5%)

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Economy: Total SNAP participants, 2011 (7,926)

Economy: Ratio of SNAP participants to persons in poverty, 2010 (1.21 ratio)

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Economy: Total SNAP participants who are white in Stephenson County, 2010 (85.12%)

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Economy: Total SNAP participants who are black in Stephenson County, 2010 (8.86%)

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What Americans buy with Food stamps: (Source)

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DHS Offices and Service Providers for Stephenson County
  1. DHS Family Community Resource Center in Stephenson County Family Community Resource Center

    1631 South Galena Avenue
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (815) 232-6123
    TTY: (866) 324-3554
    Fax: (815) 232-7625

    Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday (except state holidays)

    Receives applications for Cash, SNAP, and Medical Assistance by fax, mail or in person.

  2. Department of Human Services Main Office – ChicagoAdministrative Offices

    401 South Clinton Street
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Phone: (800) 843-6154
    TTY: (800) 447-6404

    No direct services provided at this location. Administrative office only.

  3. Department of Human Services Main Office – SpringfieldAdministrative Offices

    100 S Grand Avenue East
    Springfield, IL 62704

    Phone: (800) 843-6154
    TTY: (888) 440-8994

    No direct services provided at this location. Administrative office only.

  4. YWCA Child Care SolutionsChild Care Resource & Referral

    4990 East State Street
    Rockford, IL 61108

    Phone: (888) 225-7072
    TTY: None
    Fax: (815) 484-9456

    Local: (815) 484-9442

  5. Jane Adams dba FHN Family Counseling CenterComprehensive Community-Based Youth Services

    421 W Exchange St
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (815) 599-7300
    TTY: None
    Website: www.fhn.org

    24 Hour Crisis No. 815-599-7300 will direct to crisis worker Service Area: Jo Daviess, Stephenson Counties

  6. Northwest NetworkDevelopmental Disabilities Network Facilitators

    319 E. Madison, Suite 2M
    Springfield, IL 62701

    Phone: (217) 524-2517
    TTY: None
    Fax: (217) 557-7676

    For more information see http://intranet.dhs/oneweb/page.aspx?item=48541

  7. Access Services of Northern IllinoisDevelopmental Disability Services

    7399 Forest Hills Rd
    Loves Park, IL 61111

    Phone: (815) 282-8824
    TTY: (815) 282-8824
    Website: http://www.accessni.com

  8. VOICES DVDomestic Violence Victim Services

    1401 Crestwood Drive
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (815) 235-9421
    TTY: (815) 235-1641
    Fax: (815) 233-2348
    Website: www.voicesdv.org

    Provides off-site emergency shelter, counseling, and support services to domestic violence victims. 24-hour hotlines: (877) 994-7233 or (815) 235-1641.

  9. ROE for Carroll, Jo Daviess, & Stephenson Co. (Child and Family Connection #3)Early Intervention

    27 South State Avenue, Suite #101
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (815) 297-1041
    TTY: None
    Fax: (815) 297-9032
    Toll Free: (888) 297-1041

    Regional Office of Education Office Move Effective 8/12/2013

  10. Stephenson County Health DepartmentFamily Case Management

    10 West Linden Street
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (815) 235-8271
    TTY: None
    Fax: (815) 599-8411
    Website: www.co.stephenson.il.us

    Contact: cbeintema@co.stephenson.il.us

  11. Stephenson County Health DepartmentFamily Planning

    10 W Linden St
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (618) 235-8271
    TTY: None
    Fax: (618) 232-7160

    Clinic & Agency
    Clinic Hours:
    M/T/F 8:30-4:30
    W 8:30-6:00
    Th 6:45-5:00
    Sat on-call

  12. FHN Family Counseling CenterMental Health

    1133 W Stephenson St
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (815) 232-4183
    TTY: None
    Fax: (815) 599-7398

  13. New Horizons Counseling CenterPartner Abuse Intervention Services

    34 N Whistler Ave
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (815) 235-6171
    TTY: None
    Fax: (815) 235-6172

    Conducts Men’s Partner Abuse Intervention assessments and groups in English. Contact Barry Klaung.

  14. Freeport DRS OfficeRehabilitation Services

    1828 South West Avenue
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (815) 233-5904
    TTY: (888) 460-5122
    Fax: (815) 233-3177

  15. Illinois Center for Rehabilitation & Education – RooseveltResidential Schools

    1950 W Roosevelt Rd
    Chicago, IL 60612

    Phone: (312) 433-3100
    TTY: (888) 261-8561
    Website: http://www.icre-roosevelt.org/

  16. Illinois School for the DeafResidential Schools

    125 S Webster Ave
    Jacksonville, IL 62650

    Phone: (217) 479-4200
    TTY: (217) 479-4200
    Website: http://www.morgan.k12.il.us/isd

  17. Illinois School for the Visually ImpairedResidential Schools

    658 E State St
    Jacksonville, IL 62650

    Phone: (217) 479-4400
    TTY: (217) 479-4400
    Website: www.isvi.net

  18. Ann Kiley Developmental CenterState Developmental Centers

    1401 W Dugdale Rd
    Waukegan, IL 60085

    Phone: (847) 249-0600
    TTY: (847) 249-8961
    Fax: (847) 249-0677

  19. Mabley Developmental CenterState Developmental Centers

    1120 Washington Ave
    Dixon, IL 61021

    Phone: (815) 288-8300
    TTY: (815) 288-8361
    Fax: (815) 288-7275

  20. Shapiro Developmental CenterState Developmental Centers

    100 E Jeffery St
    Kankakee, IL 60901

    Phone: (815) 939-8011
    TTY: (815) 939-8580
    Fax: (815) 939-8266

  21. William W Fox Developmental CenterState Developmental Centers

    134 W Main St
    Dwight, IL 60420

    Phone: (815) 584-3347
    TTY: (815) 584-3368
    Fax: (815) 584-3723

  22. Elgin Mental Health CenterState Psychiatric Hospitals

    750 S State St
    Elgin, IL 60123

    Phone: (847) 742-1040
    TTY: None

  23. Stephenson County Health DepartmentWomen, Infants, and Children

    10 W Linden St
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Phone: (815) 235-8360
    TTY: None
    Fax: (815) 232-7160

    Hours: M&W: 8:00am-5:00pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. of month 8:00am-7pm.

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Sources:

  • https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/ops/Illinois.pdf
  • https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/pd/29SNAPcurrPP.pdf
  • https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap-data-system/go-to-the-map/
  • https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/stephensoncountyillinois/RHI125216#viewtop
  • https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/food-stamps-diet_us_582f4bd7e4b058ce7aaadea0
  • http://www.frac.org/snap-county-map/snap-counties.html

 

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