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Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) - Announcement regarding Nutrition Service Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Did you know that the Boone County Council on Aging, also known as the Keen Age Center (2141 Henry Luckow Ln., Belvidere, IL 61008) offers rides to Boone County residents. Please see details below:

Monday through Friday / 8:00am to 4:30pm
Adults under 60 - $2.00 each ride
Adults over 60 – by donation
Children Under 12 - $1.00 each ride
Children 3 and under must have a car seat
Children under 12 must be escorted by an adult

The Keen Age Center also has a medical escort car to assist with medical rides to adjoining counties; the medical escort car is $1.00 per mile. This service requires a minimum of one week’s notice, dependent upon availability.

The Keen Age Center can also pick someone up at their home and connect them with the Rockford bus.  The Rockford bus picks up at the Keen Age Center at 9:10, 12:10, 2:10 and 5:10. Boone County residents can call 815-975-9059 to schedule appointments.

Boone County Health Department Resource Guide (Revised February 2022) - This is a resource guide created by the Boone County Health Department that includes emergency hotlines (national, state and local) and resources for COVID-19, mental health and substance use, employment, and community services such as food pantries, housing, childcare, legal assistance, senior services and veteran's services.

01-19-23 January STI Clinic flyer

Farmers' Market Act 2022

According to the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act: Farmers' markets provide not only valuable marketplace for farmers and food artisans to sell their products directly to consumers, but also a place for consumers to access fresh fruit, vegetables, and other agricultural products. Farmers' markets serve as a stimulator for local economies. They have become important community institutions and have figured in the revitalization of downtown districts and rural communities. 

Since 1999, the number of farmers' markets has tripled and new ones are being established every year. There is a lack of consistent regulation from one county to the next, resulting in confusion and discrepancies between counties regarding how products may be sold. There continue to be inconsistencies, confusion, and lack of awareness by consumers, farmers, markets, and local health authorities of requiring guidelines affecting farmers' market from county to county.

Boone County is required to update current code to reflect the changes to the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act. In order to establish a fee structure, we are requesting assistance from Boone County farmers, operators, and members of the public to solicit input and comments regarding the Farmers' Market permits.

Farmers market vendors are required and would still be required to:

  1. Provide effective means to maintain potentially hazardous food, as defined in Section 4 of this Act, at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
  2. As an alternative to mechanical refrigeration, an effectively insulated, hard-sided, cleanable container with sufficient ice or other cooling means  that is intended for the storage of potentially hazardous food shall be used.
  3. Handwashing stations may be shared by farmers' market vendors if handwashing stations are accessible to vendors.

Please help us collect your thoughts on Farmers’ Market Permits in Boone County by filling out a short survey: . For questions, please call us at (815) 544-2951 ext. 2. Thank you!

12-21-22 Updated Transportation English flyer

12-21-22 Updated Transportation Spanish flyer

Food Recalls and Outbreaks


Food Pantry Information
List of food pantries within 25 miles of Boone County

Avian Flu

To report dead birds as it relates to Avian Flu, please see the information below or visit the IL Department of Agriculture's website at:

IL Dept Ag - Avian Flu

Goodwill Grads GED Program

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is offering GoodGrads GED program to Boone County residents! Classes start in September and space is limited, so register today! To register call (815) 965-3795 or visit:

Well & Septic
Well-and-SepticThe general goal of the Private Water Program is to protect the public health by assuring private water wells and pumps are installed to provide safe drinking water through the administration and enforcement of the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor’s Licensing Act, Water Well Construction Code Law, and the Water Well Pump Installation Code Law. 
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Food Permits & Sanitation
Food-Permits-and-SanitationIn Boone County, a food permit is required when any business establishment or organization, public or private, provides food prepared or sold at retail, for human consumption whether on or off the premises. 
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Medication Disposal Site In Poplar Grove

In an effort to keep prescription medications from being abused, and to stop accidental poisonings, addiction, and water pollution, the Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition is pleased to announce  another permanent location for Boone County residents to dispose of prescription medications. In addition to the Public Safety Building, at 615 North Main St in Belvidere, you may now drop off unused medications at the Candlewick Lake Administration Building at 13400 Hwy. 76, Poplar Grove, IL 61065. Please click here for details.

Lead Poisoning in children is serious....and preventable.
The Boone County Health Department has a grant program in place for Boone County residents that help identify and correct lead paint hazards in homes.  Please see our link to the left entitled "Environmental & Regulatory Services" for facts on lead, to see if you qualify, and to find out how to apply.

Programs & Services
Please see our brochure for a brief description of our Programs & Services.

Our Mission
The mission of the Boone County Health Department is to serve our community by preventing the spread of disease, promoting optimal wellness & protecting the public's health.

Our Vision
The vision of the Boone County Health Department will guide & inspire the community to enjoy a high quality of life by:

  • Redefining the role of public health delivery 
  • Creating a culture of health 
  • Advancing health equity 
  • Building strong community engagement & collaboration
  • Attaining national Public Health Accreditation 

Values Statement
We build a culture of excellence through integrity, respect, collaboration, innovation, and responsiveness.  The five pillars are as follows:

  • Integrity - We strive to build the public's trust by maintaining the highest standards of accountability, consistency, and transparency.
  • Respect - We approach all people with compassion and dignity, recognizing the importance of diversity, so that we may enrich the well-being of everyone.
  • Collaboration - We actively engage in partnerships to improve health and support a strong public health system.
  • Innovation - We creatively apply information and research to be a revolutionary leader in public health.
  • Responsiveness - We ensure our work is efficient, timely and responsive to the public's needs, values and priorities.

In 1966, the Boone County Health Council, which was introduced in 1937, was dissolved and the Boone County Health Department (BCHD) was established by resolution. In 1985, Boone county voters passed a referendum allowing the county to levy a tax in support of public health. The department has since met the criteria necessary to be designated as a certified public health department by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Boone County Board of Health
A volunteer, 11-member Board of Health is appointed by the county board chairman and approved by the county board. Illinois state statute requires the board include: two physicians, a dentist, a county board representative, and interested community members. These volunteers serve 3-year terms and represent the community at large. The Board of Health governs health department operational issues such as the annual budget and the development of policy and procedures.  For Board of Health meeting dates, minutes, and agendas, 

Contact Us
1204 Logan Avenue Phone #:  815-544-2951 Email Health Department
Belvidere, IL 61008 Fax #:  815-544-2050 Hours: M-F 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
For after-hours public health emergencies only & urgent communicable disease reporting, please call the Boone County Sheriff non-emergency dispatch at 815-544-2144, and they will contact a Public Health Official.