Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program
Healthy Food for Healthy Families
WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) is a supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. WIC helps families by providing healthy foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other health care agencies.
Do I qualify?
To find out if you qualify, you must:
- meet income guidelines
- have an Iowa address, and
- have a medical or nutritional need.
A family of four can have an annual gross income of $55,500. Please contact us to see if your family is eligible!
What do I need at my WIC appointment?
After scheduling your WIC appointment you will need to bring with you:
- Proof of Iowa Address - Please bring proof of address to your appointment. One of the following items that have your current address on it will work: a current utility bill, a rent or mortgage receipt, or a driver's license, Iowa non-driver ID, voter registration and public assistance notification or identification such as Medicaid, hawk-I, FIP, and Food Stamps.
- Proof of Identity - Please bring proof of identity to your appointment. Examples of acceptable forms of I.D. include: valid driver's license, non-driver I.D., passport/visa, social security card, work or school I.D. card, Medicaid or Health Benefit card, pay stubs, Matricula Consular Card, immunization record, other medical or health record (including crib cards), birth certificate, voter registration, and WIC identification card ("blue card").
- Proof of Income - Please bring proof of your household income. Some examples of proof to bring in are pay stubs, unemployment benefit checks, award notices, business records, a signed statement from your employer, or income tax forms. Applicants certified as eligible for certain other assistance programs are automatically income eligible for the WIC program. Please bring proof of the following to automatically qualify as income eligible: certified as eligible to receive Food Stamps, Medicaid or FIP; presumptively eligible for either FIP or Medicaid; applicant for Medicaid Home and Community Based Ill and Handicapped Services, Mental Retardation, AIDS/HIV, or Brain Injured Waiver Program; member of a household with a FIP recipient or a pregnant woman or an infant currently on Medicaid.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of WIC?
- WIC provides you with health services. These services include nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, eWIC cards to buy nutritious foods, immunization screening and referrals, and health and social services referrals.
- WIC nurses and dietitians meet with you to assess your diet and health history, provide nutrition counseling, and determine what foods are right for you and where you should shop.
- WIC promotes and supports breastfeeding.
What foods can I get from WIC?
- Infants - Breastfeeding is very important for growing babies. If a mom is not able to breastfeed then iron-fortified formula is provided for the baby. When your baby is old enough, baby foods and plain cereal will be available.
- Children 1-5 years old - These children can receive milk, cheese, yogurt, juice, cereal, eggs, peanut butter or beans, whole wheat bread, and fruits and vegetables.
- Breastfeeding moms - Moms who feed their babies by breastfeeding can receive milk, cheese, yogurt, juice, cereal, eggs, peanut butter and/or beans, tuna or salmon, whole wheat bread, and fruits and vegetables.
Other food packages are available for pregnant moms, moms who use formula and breastfeed, and moms who don't breastfeed up to 6 months after giving birth. Please ask your WIC agency for the full approved food list.
What is a WIC vendor?
A WIC vendor is a grocery store or pharmacy that is approved by the state WIC office to accept WIC EBT cards. Need to find a WIC vendor near you? Click here for a list of WIC vendors by city.
Who decides what foods are given with WIC?
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) makes the decision as to what food packages WIC participants get to have based on vitamin and nutrient recommendations.
What is the Farmer's Market Nutrition Program?
Congress established this program to provide fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants. The state WIC agency determines who receives these checks each summer. Contact your local WIC agency for more information.
All appointments are by appointment only. Please call 1-800-642-6330.
Wondering if WIC is right for you?
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.