WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

WIC is a food and nutrition program that is here to help pregnant women and families with young children. The
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education,
nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and information.

The foods provided through WIC are a good source of essential nutrients.

WIC improves the health of it's participants and promotes lifestyle changes. WIC participants have longer healthier pregnancies and fewer
premature births.

WIC is a short-term program designed to help families build healthy eating and living habits that will last a lifetime!


WIC Helps:
  • Pregnant women (through pregnancy up to 6 months postpartum)
  • Breastfeeding women (up to the infant's 1st birthday)
  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months postpartum)
  • Infants (up to 1st birthday)
  • Children (up to their 5th birthday)


What WIC Does:
WIC’s goal is to help pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, and children under age 5 improve their nutrition and overall health, WIC
does this by providing:

    Personalized nutrition information and support:
  • Maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy
  • Getting back in shape after you have a baby
  • How to start solid foods with your baby
  • How to feed the picky eater
  • Tips for eating well and staying active to improve health

    WIC checks for WIC foods
  • WIC checks for WIC foods that help meet nutritional needs
  • Foods that are lower in fat and higher in fiber
  • Cereal, whole wheat bread, juice, non-fat or low-fat milk eggs, beans, peanut butter, canned fish, cheese and vouchers for
    vegetables and fruits

    Breastfeeding information and support:
  • Information about the benefits of breastfeeding
  • Tips for talking to family members
  • Breastfeeding Coordinators who can answer any questions
  • Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, moms like you that want to help you have and enjoyable breastfeeding experience
  • Breast pumps
  • Extra foods for the breastfeeding mom

    Referrals:
  • Referrals for medical care
  • Referrals for dental care
  • Assistance with housing and fuel
  • Referrals to other services that benefit the whole family


WIC foods will help you meet your own nutritional needs and the needs of your growing baby. WIC foods are high in fiber and low in fat. WIC foods
provide the right amount of nutrients for your baby's growth and promote healthy body weight.

Special infant formulas and certain medical foods may be provided when prescribed by a physician or health professional for a specified medical
condition, talk to the WIC office about your needs.

For more information call: (618) 283-5037 or (618) 283-1044 or to see if you are eligible go to: https://stars.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf


WIC Mission Statement
To improve the nutrition and health status of low-income women, infants, and preschool children who are at-risk by providing:
  • Nutritious Food
  • Nutrition and health education
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Referrals to health and human services
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