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WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federal health, nutrition, and prevention program with a successful record of improving the diet and safeguarding the health of infants and children under age five and pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women who are at risk for nutrition-related illness. WIC is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These benefits are available in all 102 Illinois counties at more than 220 clinics, which include county health departments, community action agencies, and hospitals.

In Illinois, approximately 40 percent of all babies born are on the WIC program. Studies show the tremendous impact the WIC program has had on improving the health status of at-risk, low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants and young children. WIC is the entry point or "gateway" program for this population into the health care system. Recent studies have shown that WIC reduces fetal deaths, infant mortality, low birth weight rates, and iron deficiency anemia in children and increases immunization rates.

WIC provides nutrition education, counseling and support, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods, health screenings, and referral to other services. WIC enables parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. The combination of nutrition education, nutritious foods, and access to other health services strengthens families long after their WIC eligibility has ended.

CIVIL RIGHTS: I understand that the WIC Program is an equal opportunity program open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability. If I believe I have been discriminated against I may write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY)."

Who WIC Helps

  • Pregnant Women
  • Moms up to 6 months after the baby is born, if they are not breastfeeding
  • Moms up to 1 year after the baby is born, if they continue breatfeeding
  • Babies up to their 1st birthday
  • Children from age 1 up to their 5th birthday

What WIC Provides

  • Nutritious Foods
  • Nutrition Information
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Healthcare Referrals
  • Community Program Information

 Partner with WIC staff to meet your goals such as....

  • Healthy Eating
  • Breastfeeding
  • Physical Activity
  • Dental Care
  • Food Safety
  • Shopping on a budget
  • Healthy Cooking
  • Regular Healthcare and Vaccines
  • Healthy Weight Gain

WIC foods are good sources of important nutrients to help you and your children grow and develop.

The WIC food package provides you with some of the foods you need for your diet.  It supplements the foods you buy.  WIC staff can help you plan to make healthy choices for yourself and your family.  If you are homeless, tell the WIC staff.  They may be able to provide WIC foods that do not need cooking or refrigeration.

WIC foods include baby food, breakfast cereal, fruits and vegetables, juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, whole-wheat bread and other whole grains, dried and canned beans/peas, soy-based beverages and tofu, canned fish, and infant formula.

If you are breastfeeding and your baby receives no formula from WIC, you may receive a greater quantity and variety of foods to support your breastfeeding. 

ELIGIBILITY FOR WIC

(W)omen, (I)infants and (C)children can be eligible for WIC based on several factors. Eligible persons must live in Clay County and meet Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. These income guidelines are adjusted each July. To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants' gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. The guidelines for WIC are shown below.A person or certain family members who participate in other benefits programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families automatically meet the income eligibility requirement.

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 In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. mail:   U.S.DepartmentofAgriculture

               Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

              1400 Independence Avenue, SW

             Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. fax:     (202) 690-7442; or

3. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y pollticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohibe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algun programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicacion de la informacion del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de senas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia(estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audicion o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmision] al (800) 877-8339. Ademas, la informacion del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presenter una denuncia de discriminacion, complete el Formulario de Dununcia de Discriminacion del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que esta disponible en linea en: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf_y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escribe una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la informacion solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitor una copoia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

1.  Correo:  U.S. Department of Agriculture ,

                 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,

               1400 Independence Avenue, SW

               Washington, D.D. 20250-9410

2.  Fax:   (202) 690-7422; 0

3. Correo    electronico: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Esta institucion es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

 

Where We Are Located

  
601 E 12th Street 
Flora IL 62839
Phone: (618) 662-4406
Fax:     (618) 662-2801

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