WIC

 

ATTENTION WIC CLIENTS

We have started a new appointment reminder system with messages available by phone or text. If you prefer to receive a text message to remind you of your WIC APPOINTMENT, please enter the word ALERT in the text box and send it to 22300 to opt in.

REMINDER: Please remember normal texting fees may apply depending on your calling plan.

About WIC:

The WIC program is for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or whose pregnancy recently ended. It also includes infants under 12 months old and children under five. It is run by health professionals and is provided through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

In your appointments, we will give you suggestions about healthy eating for you and your children. At other times, you may join with other WIC participants for a nutrition or health class.

Eligibility

To be eligible for WIC, you must meet the WIC income guidelines and have a need for improved nutrition.

During some visits, the WIC staff will check to see if you or your child is still eligible. This is called a certification. You will need to bring:

  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of your income
  • Proof of your address

As long as you meet the income and nutrition guidelines, you can stay on WIC during pregnancy or breastfeeding until one year after your baby is born. If you decide not to breast-feed, then you may stay on WIC until six months after your baby is born or your pregnancy is ended. Infants and children may stay on WIC until their nutrition problem has improved or until they reach their fifth birthday, whichever comes first.

Services

WIC provides you with checks to buy foods to keep you healthy, nutrition counseling and education, and support and help with breastfeeding. We can also provide referrals to other health programs for you and your family.

Using the Program

Keep your WIC appointments. If you can’t keep an appointment, please call us right away. The WIC staff works hard to see you at your appointment time, so please try your best to be on time. Please be sure to bring the information that our staff needs when they ask for it. Also inform them about any changes in your name, address, or phone number. If you are going to move,  please notify us!

Always take your WIC ID Folder to your appointments and to the store. Take your WIC Approved Food List with you to the store to help you shop. Buy the right foods and the right amounts with your checks. These foods must be used for you and your family. They can’t be returned to the store for money or given away or sold to someone else.

Online Nutrition Education

Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services WIC Lessons

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (202) 260-1026 (local). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.