WIC is the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children until their 5th birthday.
WIC’s goal is to improve health by informing families about good health practices and by providing nutritious foods to eligible participants. Every year, thousands of women, inftants and children receive health screenings, nutrition assessments, and health education from the Missouri WIC program.
Benefits of WIC provided at no cost include: Nutrition education and guidance for moms and children, breastfeeding education and support, breast pumps, nutritious foods that can be purchased with cash vouchers such as, fruits and vegetables (fresh and frozen), baby food, milk substitutes (cheese, soymilk, yogurt and tofu if criteria is met). Cash vouchers are issued for canned legumes/beans, canned fish for breastfeeding mothers and whole grain products such as cereals, bread, tortillas and brown rice. Cash vouchers are issued monthly, bimonthly or tri-monthly to eligible clients and are to be redeemed at contracting stores. Referrals for healthcare and resources in the community are also provided.
Missouri’s WIC nutrition program wants to help…
- Women who are pregnant, in postpartum (pregnancy ended less than six months ago) or breastfeeding
- Infants under 12 months old
- Children under 5 years of age
To be eligible in Missouri, you must be a Missouri resident and must…..
- Meet income guidelines (see below guidelines) OR
- Be covered on a government program such as Medicaid, TANF or Food Stamps
To see if you qualify for the WIC program or to make an appointment, please call the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department at 573-883-7411.