Benefits Provided

Effective March 26, 2020

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health’s WIC program will continue to provide services to new and current clients during the COVID-19 pandemic; the program is only changing the way services are delivered.

Until further notice, St. Charles County staff will complete appointments remotely — answering questions through phone/email communication, collecting correspondence via digital methods, delivering food instruments through mail, and providing breast pumps or other supplies as needed through drop-off collections.

For questions about these service delivery changes in St. Charles County or joining the program, please email wichealth@sccmo.org or call 636-949-7402.

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 food receive supplemental food packages 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.

eWIC Benefits

St. Charles County WIC food benefits are now issued through a personal electronic benefits transfer card issued to participants. This card acts much like a debit card and can be used throughout the month, instead of all at one time. Benefits remain on the individual's card until they are used or expire at the end of the assigned month period. Families may use these benefits at the approved retailers of their choice to obtain products provided through WIC services.

Participants will receive their individual eWIC cards during their upcoming appointment and will establish a private PIN code for added security. For questions about using this new service or to report a lost,stolen or damaged card, please call 636-949-7402.

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. View healthy recipes and learn the benefits of proper nutrition.

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. Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding.

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