Benefits Provided

Pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5 are eligible to participate in the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program. Participants must meet income guidelines, a residency requirement, and be individually determined to be at “nutritional risk” by a health professional.

Benefits
By participating in the program, families will receive checks or vouchers for nutritional foods. The WIC food packages provide supplemental foods designed to meet the special nutritional needs of infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are at nutritional risk, and to help re-supply nutrients used by women during pregnancy or breastfeeding. For a sampling of the foods currently offered through WIC, please visit the Missouri State website.

Nutrition Counseling
Children and adults require a variety of foods to maintain overall health. WIC staff will consult with participants to develop a healthy diet and ensure proper nutrition. To view healthy recipes and learn the benefits of proper nutrition, please click here.

Breastfeeding & Lactation Counseling
Doctor’s consider mother’s milk to be the best food for growing infants, since it contains all of the essential nutrients a baby needs to grow and enhance brain development. The WIC program encourages breastfeeding by providing instructional education and support. To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding, please view online.

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