WHAT IS WIC?
The Women Infant Children (WIC) program is federally funded and governed by the US Department of Agriculture. It is operated in conjunction with state and federal guidelines. WIC offers Health Screening and Nutrition Education for the opportunity to improve health status and increase knowledge of health and nutrition to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WIC?
WIC provides a Supplemental Food package based on program category and age. All foods provided are based on the USDA's requirements for quality nutrients. WIC also provides: Health and Nutrition Counseling, Breastfeeding Education and support, Referrals to community and health services including immunizations, lead screenings and substance abuse.
HOW CAN I GET ON WIC?
To be eligible you must be a Prenatal, Breastfeeding or Post-partum (less than 6 months since birth) woman, an Infant or Child ages 1 to 5 years. Income guidelines are based on 185 % Poverty Level. Household size must be met and proven. Prenatal women count as two in the household. Income Guidelines change each year in March. Health and Dietary assessments are then used to determine if a client has a qualified Risk Factor for the program. Infants and children are reassessed for eligibility every 6 months.
The WIC Staff includes a Nutritionist, 2 Registered Nurse, a Licensed Breastfeeding Consultant and 3 Health Professional Assistants. To see if you meet the Income Guidelines and schedule an appointment you can call 573-547-6564. If the staff is unavailable ask for extension 208 or 210 to leave a voice mail. WIC Certifications are completed on Tuesday's and the first and third Wednesday of each month. For further WIC information see the MO DHSS website.
Perry County Health Department is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Services provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.