WIC is a federally funded nutrition education and supplemental food program for pregnant women, infants, and children under the age of five. Income and medical nutrition guidelines apply. Services that are provided include health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education, breastfeeding education & counseling, and referrals for health care.
- Prenatal breastfeeding classes
- Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
- Double electric breast pump loan program
- After hours breastfeeding support line
- Mom-to-mom breastfeeding support group
Who Is Eligible
- Pregnant women
- Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
- Women who have had a baby in the past six months or end of the pregnancy
- Children under the age of 5
In addition, nutritional and income guidelines do apply.
How Do I Apply For WIC?
- Call the WIC office at 573-335-4330
Proof of Income:
- Bring proof of current household income for everyone in the household. Examples of proof of income include: pay stubs from recent check (within 30 days) or a letter from an employer, proof of unemployment pay stubs. If you currently receive TANF, Food Stamps, or MO Health Net, you can bring proof of your participation in that program instead of proof of household income.
Proof That You Live In Missouri:
- Bring documentation of where you live. Examples include a utility bill, a postmarked piece of mail addressed to you at your address, your lease or a rent receipt from your landlord, a bank statement, bank book, and checkbook, your driver license or other ID card.
Proof Of Identity
- Bring proof of identity for everyone who will be on the WIC program. Examples include a driver’s license, birth certificate, immunization record, other photo ID card, military card, passport, birth certificate.
Report Fraud and Abuse of the WIC Program
The Missouri WIC Program takes all complaints seriously and encourages the immediate reporting of an alleged WIC program abuse, violation or fraud.
WIC Participant abuse includes the following:
Falsely obtaining WIC benefits including: Giving false information to get on WIC, including gross household income, residency, identity, household size, medical and health information.
Improper Use of WIC Checks Including:
Selling WIC foods/formula or checks for cash or credit
Returning WIC foods/formula for cash or credit
Purchasing unauthorized items
Altering WIC checks
WIC Vendor Abuse Includes The Following:
Redeeming WIC checks for cash, credit, or unauthorized items
Overcharging WIC shoppers
Failing to fill in the purchase price on the WIC check in the presence of the WIC participant.
Physically or verbally threatening a WIC participant
Purchasing infant formula from unauthorized sources
WIC refers clients to a variety of health and social services agencies and programs. Examples include: MO Health Net, Food Stamps, Prenatal care, Medical and Dental Services, Family Planning, Immunizations, Head Start, Early Childhood, and First Steps.