How to Apply for the Link Card in Illinois

Apply for the Link Card in Illinois

The Link card in Illinois is a card that provides low-income families, single moms and those who are unemployed help with buying food. Link works like a credit card and can be used at most grocery stores to buy food. Each household is given a certain budget and limit that is deposited onto its Link card each month. That money allows members of the household to purchase food for their family. It is fairly simple to apply and there are places in Illinois that allow individuals and families to apply for the Link card.

Step 1

Contact your local human services or public aid department. If you are a member of a low-income household, unemployed or a single mom with children, you could be eligible for the Illinois Link card, which could assist you with your food purchases each month.

Step 2

Bring proof of any income that your household may have, Social Security cards, proof of address and everybody's information who lives in the household. The office will need names, birth dates, and Social Security cards.

Step 3

Speak with a case worker and set an appointment. Talk with her about your current financial situation during your appointment and let her know how the Link card could benefit you. Bring any bills you may be paying or behind on to show your household budget.

Step 4

Fill out an application with your caseworker. Ask any questions you have about using the card and the amount you will get. There is no reason to feel ashamed or guilty about taking the assistance. Everybody gets into some sort of financial bind at times. After your application has been processed and approved, your caseworker will present a Link card to you.

Step 5

Call the toll-free number on the Link card and use the personal identification number that was assigned to you so you can check your balance on the card. Shop at grocery stores where it says "Link Is Accepted Here." The Link card can be used like a credit card and swiped in the electronic machine. The card is almost unnoticeable and people won't know that you have it.


Remember that the situation is only temporary. The assistance is there to help you and your family during financial hardship. There isn't any reason to feel guilty for accepting help.

Things You'll Need

  • Proof of 30 days income

  • Proof of identity

  • Social Security card

  • Proof of address

  • Personal information such as birth date and Social Security number from all household members


A LINK card is not a permanent income. It is there to assist those with financial hardships.