Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

 

WIC is a nutrition education program that provides supplemental foods that promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women. Infant and children up to age five may also participate in this program. WIC services are free to eligible persons. The program is administered by:

The Minnesota Department of Health
85 East 7th Place
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
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Eligibility based on income guidelines for:

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women
  • Women who have a baby less than six months old
  • Infants and children up to five years old

Are you eligible? Click here to find out.

Enroll in the WIC program:
Make an appointment at your Public Health Office. When you attend your appointment, the health professional will talk with you about your nutrition needs and determine eligibility. If found eligible, you will be given benefits for nutritious foods. You will also receive a list of grocery stores where you can shop to exchange your benefit voucher for WIC approved foods.

Benefits of the WIC program:
You will receive nutritious foods at no cost. You and your children will receive nutrition counseling to help promote better eating and better health. You will save money; the extra money you save by using the WIC coupons can be used to purchase other foods that WIC does not provide. WIC will provide nutrition education, referrals for healthcare, and support for breastfeeding moms.

Capture peer breastfeedingPeer Breastfeeding Counselor Program:
A WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a support person, having previously breastfed, who provides basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. These counselors are enthusiastic about breastfeeding and are willing to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience. They are available by phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week for questions and support.

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Click here to see the food guide.

Breastfeeding Links:               
Breastfeeding Online
Kelly Mom – Breastfeeding, Parenting
La Leche League International
BabyCenter

WIC Resources:
WIC Healthy Families Cookbook – Whole Grains
WIC Healthy Families Cookbook – Bean Side Dishes
Welcome to Minnesota WIC  – video

To find a grocery store that takes WIC vouchers click here.