Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) was piloted in 1972, and has been helping Illinois mothers, babies and children to get the foods they need for proper growth and development for 50 years.
Supplemental foods and nutritional education are available to Henry and Stark County residents who meet certain health and economic guidelines.
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It is administered in Illinois by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Even if you or your family members are working, it can be hard making ends meet. The WIC Program may be able to help with nutrition information to help you and your family, health care and immunizations.
Who Can Receive WIC Services?
WIC may be able to help you if you:
- Pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby
- Have an infant or children up to age 5 (including foster children)
- Families with low to medium income
Your annual household incomes must be within WIC Guidelines. You may have a job and still meet these guidelines.
Illinois WIC Income Guidelines (PDF)
Medical or Health Risk
A screening by a WIC Certifying Professional Authority must find that you have a medical or nutritional health risk such as low iron, low weight gain during pregnancy or a diet that needs improvement.
Provided By WIC
A WIC EBT card will be provided to families so they can purchase healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter, beans, lentils, whole grains, 100% juice, cereal, infant cereal, baby food and formula.
Breastfeeding mothers may also receive tuna fish and salmon.
What to Bring
For your first visit to a WIC clinic, please bring the following with you:
- Identification (examples: driver's license, photo ID)
- Proof of income (examples: your last two paycheck stubs, income tax form, Medicaid or Food Stamp ID or KidCare Card)
- Proof of residency (examples: your utility bill or recent mail)
- Proof of birth (birth certificate for your infant or child)
- Proof of immunizations (shot records)
- Person to be certified (you or your child)
WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status.
Nutrition Education, Counseling & Support
WIC cares about you and your opinion. We would love your feedback on how we are doing. The WIC Annual Survey is accessible online.
We are grateful for your time and will use your ideas and comments to make WIC work for you. Thank you!