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WIC is a special supplemental food program for women, infants and children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. The program provides nutritious foods and nutrition education to eligible participants.
WIC strives to improve the health of participants by providing the following benefits:
- Coupons for Nutritious Foods
- Nutrition Education and Counseling
- Links to other Health and Social Service Agencies
WIC is offered to persons who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Pregnant Women
- Postpartum Women (up to 6 months after delivery)
- Breastfeeding Women (up to 12 months after delivery)
- Children up to 5 years
A nutrition and health assessment includes:
- Height & Weight Measurements
- Hematocrit or Hemoglobin
- Health History & Diet Assessment
Participants must meet these USDA income standards
What do I need to stay on WIC?
During some of your visits, the WIC staff will check to see if you or your child is still eligible. This is called a certification. You will need to bring:
- Proof of identification
- Proof of your household income
- Proof of your address
If you meet the income and health or nutrition guidelines you can stay on WIC:
- During pregnancy or breast-feeding until one year after your baby is born. If not breast-feeding, until six months after your baby is born or your pregnancy ended.
- For infants and children:
Until your child’s nutrition problem has improved or until your child reaches his or her fifth birthday, whichever comes first.
Food And Nutritional Information
Breastfeeding Benefits For Baby
- Contains all the nutrients that your infant needs for the first 6 months of life.
- Changes to meet changing needs.
- Protects against illnesses such as ear and respiratory infections.
- Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Reduces the risk of allergies, asthma, diabetes and certain childhood cancers.
- Is easy to digest, so breastfed babies have less gas, colic, spitting up, diarrhea and constipation.
- Supports optimal brain development- breastfed babies are smarter.
- Needs no preparation.
- Is always readily available.
- Saves money.
- Helps you lose the weight gained during pregnancy.
- Helps your uterus return to normal size and reduces bleeding after birth.
- May reduce your risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
- Creates a special bond between you and your baby.
NEW W.I.C. CONTRACT FOR FY 2016
The Camden County Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2017 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, the Camden County Health Department will be able to serve 890 persons eligible for WIC every month.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program providing services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Nutritious supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants. To be eligible for WIC applicants must have an income of less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level (a family of 4 can qualify with gross income up to $44,955 annually, $3747 monthly or $865 weekly) and be determined by a health professional to be at nutritional risk. Migrant families are also eligible.
WIC supplemental food packages are specially chosen to provide foods high in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Eligible women and children receive fortified milk and cheese, eggs, whole grain bread products and hot or cold cereals, 100% fruit juices and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The WIC program recommends breastfeeding, provides breast-feeding support, baby foods and infant cereal. For women who cannot or choose not to breastfeed, infants may receive supplemental iron fortified formula. WIC participants obtain their foods by redeeming food checks for specific items at local grocery stores and pharmacies.
Studies confirm that pregnant women who enroll in WIC during the early months of pregnancy have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier.
WIC is administered in Camden County by the Camden County Health Department. Persons interested in applying or who are in need of more information should contact the Camden County Health Department/WIC Program at 573-346-7271. WIC clinics are offered at 1976 N. Business Route 5 in Camdenton, Missouri.
This institution is an equal opportunity Provider.