Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
What Is WIC & What Is the Purpose of WIC
WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food, and other services to Kansas families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. To find more information, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Nutrition & WIC Services.
WIC clients must meet WIC income guidelines and have medical or nutritional needs. WIC serves Kansas residents who are:
- Breastfeeding mothers, up to baby's first birthday
- Non-breastfeeding mothers, up to six months after baby's birth
- Children under five years of age
- Many working people are eligible for WIC and don't realize it. For example, in 2014:
- A household of 2 can have a gross income of up to $29,101 a year
- A household of 4 can have a gross income of up to $44,123 a year
WIC Impacts Kansas Families & Counties
WIC serves over 70,000 Kansas residents in 103 counties across the state. The approximate cost of monthly food benefits provided to WIC clients is;
- Pregnant Women: $70
- Breastfeeding mothers, up to baby's first birthday: $90
- Breastfed infants up to 6 months old: Priceless breast milk
- Breastfed infants 6 - 12 months old: Priceless breast milk + $90
- Non-breastfeeding mothers, up to 6 months after baby's birth: $53
- Infants (fully formula-fed): $140
- Children under five years old: $60
WIC Approved Foods
WIC checks can be used to buy healthy food at over 350 authorized grocery stores statewide. Examples of WIC foods include:
- Fruits and vegetable cheese
- Milk baby food
- Whole grains infant formula
- Eggs peanut butter
- Cereal canned or dried beans
- Fruit juice canned tuna or salmon
Meade County has a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor to provide education and support for WIC mothers. She is available to breastfeeding mothers inside and outside clinic hours and in the clinic environment. Call the Health Department for details. WIC is not a welfare program... it is a nutrition program.
We will accept out-of-county residents. Call and schedule an appointment today! 620-873-8745
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