WIC is the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. The program provides nutritious foods and nutrition education to eligible participants.
The WIC Goal...... WIC strives to improve the health of participants by providing the following benefits:
Coupons for Nutritious Foods
Nutrition Education and Counseling
Referral program to other Health and Social Service Agencies
How do I apply?
Many participants in the WIC Program have jobs. In addition, they may receive Food Stamps, Public Aid, General Assistance, School Lunch, Head Start, and still be on WIC! To enroll, you MUST schedule an appointment at your local health department. You may also use a prescreening tool online.
WIC Approved Foods
Milk Cheese Instant Formula Eggs Juice Fruit Vegetables Cereal Peanut Butter Dried Peas Dried Beans Infant Cereal Infant Juice
What happens at a clinic visit?
The following information is required to be reviewed at the certification appointment:
Birth certificate or hospital footprints for infants and/or children
Proof of income - two recent wage stubs, Public Aid Card, Income Tax
Proof of address - rent receipt, utility bill, etc.
Proof of pregnancy - a doctor's statement or positive pregnancy results from a health care provider.
Bring eligible child/children scheduled for WIC clinic
Other information to bring on the first visit:
The above information is reviewed, along with the participants health history. A health screening is performed on each participant. From there, information is plotted on growth charts and evaluated individually to determine WIC eligibility. Participants are then counseled by a health professional. Eating habits are discussed and food histories are evaluated. At that time, each participant is informed of their eligibility and WIC Program responsibilities.
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Illinois WIC Non-Discrimination Statement (Effective February 2018)