WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children that is designed to help you and your family to eat well and be healthy.
Good nutrition will help provide the best possible start in life and is a necessary ingredient for you and your child to grow up healthy & strong.
The first and third Thursday of the month by appointment only.
WIC appointments are at the Schuyler County Health Department
Who is eligible for WIC?
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or whose pregnancy recently ended.
- Infants under 12 months old.
- Children under 5 years old.
How can my family and I benefit from WIC?
You will receive checks for supplemental foods and, nutrition and health education to help you and your children eat well and stay healthy. You will receive support and get help with breastfeeding along with personal counseling about nutrition. You will also be able to receive referrals to other health programs for you and your family.
WIC clients are encouraged to breastfeed their babies. In order to support new moms, we offer breast pumps to our WIC clients for a $15.00 deposit that is refundable when returned.
- Nutrition education and guidance for you and your children
- Breastfeeding education and support
- Breast pumps
- Referrals for health care
- Nutritious food to supplement your diet
What foods are covered by WIC?
- Dry or canned beans/legumes
- Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
- Whole grain cereal
- Whole grain bread, whole wheat or soft corn tortillas, or brown rice
- Soymilk (issued as necessary)
- Infant foods – cereal, jars of fruit and vegetables, and infant meat for those who qualify
- Milk and cheese
- Canned fish for breastfeeding moms
- Peanut Butter
What are my responsibilities while on the WIC program?
You must keep your WIC appointments. If you can’t keep an appointment, please call your local WIC office right away. The WIC staff works hard to see you at your appointment time so please try to be on time. Always bring your WIC ID folder to your appointment and to the store. Take your WIC Approved Food List with you to the store to help you shop. Be sure to buy the correct foods in the correct amounts with your checks. WIC foods are to be used for the family member printed on the check, not the whole family. They can’t be returned to the store for money, given away, or sold to someone else. Be sure to bring the information that the WIC staff needs when they ask for it and be sure to inform them of any changes in your name, address, or phone number. If you are moving please notify your WIC staff, you can only be on WIC at one WIC clinic at a time.
How are WIC checks used?
Before you go shopping be sure to tear off the checks that you will be using. Choose only the foods that are on your WIC check, if you do not get an item on a check you miss out on that benefit that month. When checking out, separate your WIC foods from other foods that you are buying. Tell the cashier that you are using a WIC check and show the cashier your WIC ID folder. Sign your checks after the cashier enters the purchase, don’t sign them before. The cashier will then match your signature with the one on your ID folder. If you get two or three months of checks, be sure to use the correct month first. You must use your checks in the state of Missouri.
WIC certification occurs every six months or one year for infants and some breastfeeding women. During the certification period participants will be provided with nutrition education and receive supplemental food vouchers for one, two or three month periods, depending on risk status.