- Departments H–W
- Public Health
- Health Services Division
- Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental nutrition program that provides pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their fifth birthday with health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. In addition, the service offers supplemental food at no cost to qualified participants.
Benefits of the Program
Experience shows that women who participate in the WIC Program have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier. The goal of the WIC program is to improve the health and nutrition of eligible women, infants and children.
Funding & Operations
The WIC program is funded and administered at the national level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the state level, the program is operated by the Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Nutrition Services and WIC. The St. Charles County Division of Health Services operates the program at the local level. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Alternate forms of publications and further information may be obtained by contacting the:
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Bureau of Nutrition Services and WIC
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Appointments & Enrollment
To enroll you and your family in WIC, staff must complete state and federal program information certification paperwork. You do not have to be a US citizen to participate in WIC, but everyone must re-apply for WIC after participating for 12 months. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Things to Bring
To help make the enrollment process as smooth as possible, please bring with you as much of the following information as possible:
- Person being certified - The pregnant woman or new mother, as well as the infants or children being certified, must come for the visit.
- Proof of legal name - For an infant, you may bring hospital discharge papers or nursery bracelet. You should provide birth certificates for children.
- Photo ID - Adults should present a photo identification, such as a driver's license.
- Proof of Missouri address - You should bring a utility bill, telephone bill or a government-issued letter addressed to you within the past 30 days.
- Medicaid (MOHealthNet) card - If you have this service, you should provide a Medicaid card for each person being certified.
- Proof of income - You should bring a pay stub, direct deposit slip, Social Security payment stub, etc. Your gross income must fall into the WIC eligibility guidelines.
- Child or infant's immunization records - Please bring all records you have of your child's immunization history.