The WIC Program is a Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The Food and Nutrition Service administers the program at the federal level and provides funds to state agencies for program implementation and administration. At the state level, the Department of Human Resources, Department of Health, WIC Branch administers the program.
WIC has provided nutrition education and supplemental foods to low income families for thirty years. WIC benefits are available to eligible pregnant or postpartum women, infants, and children up to the age of 5 years. Eligible participants must have an income at or below 185% for families with children ages 2-5; at or below 275% for a pregnant woman; at or below 280% for families with children to age two; be a state resident; and be at nutritional or medical risk, as determined by a health professional.
WIC provides these services: Nutrition assessment, health screening, medical history, body measurement (weight and height), hemoglobin check, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and education, and vouchers for food supplements.
What services do we offer?
- Food vouchers that can be used to purchase foods high in protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin C.
- Nutrition and breast feeding education for pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants, and children. Each participant also receives individual nutrition counseling and general nutrition education.
- Referrals to doctors, dentists, family planning services, the Department of Family Services, Public Health Nurses, and other related resources.
Cost for Services: Free for those who qualify