What is WIC?
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for women, infant, and children. The program provides free food and nutrition information to improve the health status of the participant and child.
WIC is funded and administered at the national level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the state level, the program is operated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The Clark County Health Department administers the program at the local level.
Who is invited to participate?
WIC serves women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have had a baby less than 6 months ago, infants and children up to 5 years of age who are at nutritional risk and meet income guidelines.
Requirements for participation in the WIC program are the same for everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap.
What are the income guidelines?
Income guidelines are based on GROSS INCOME.
- Wages, Salary, Tips, Fees. Commissions
- Net Farm or Rental income or loss (after business expenses)
- Net self-employed income or loss (examples: business, child care, Avon, etc.)
- Total Military pay LESS cash housing allowance (BAQ)
- Child Support and/or Alimony received
- TANF, Social Security, SSI & other cash Public Assistant payments
- Unemployment, Workman’s Compensation, Strike benefits
- Pension, Retirement, Veterans payments
- Interest, Dividends
- Prizes and other cash income
- Cash withdrawn from Savings, Trust, etc.
- Regular contributions from anyone – living in the home or not
- Student Financial Aid: fewer tuition fees, books, and transportation
To make an appointment, call the Clark County Health Department at (660) 727-2356 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How To Apply For WIC
Have ready when you call:
- Your income information
- Transfer information if you are moving in from another state.
- Your WIC folder if you are relocating within the state of Missouri
What should you expect?
- Certification appointments take about 1 to 1.5 hours
- To qualify for WIC, there are three sets of guidelines that must be met:
- Women, Infant, Child status
- Income Level
- Nutritional or Medical Risks
- Clerks will verify income, Missouri residency, and women, infant, child status.
- A Nurse and Nutritionist assign medical or nutritional risk based on weight, height, diet history, and provide counseling. They will also refer to other organizations and services as needed.
- If certified as eligible when you leave you will have:
- Checks to take to the store for nutritious foods
- An appointment for the following month
Where is WIC in Clark County?
WIC services are provided in Clark County at our office located at 670 N. Johnson, Kahoka, MO.
Food Provided By WIC
The exact amount of food depends on things such as the child’s age and whether or not the mother is breastfeeding.
Checks are given for foods such as: milk, cheese, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, cereal, infant formula, infant fruits and vegetables, infant meats, 100% juice, peanut butter, dried beans or peas or canned beans/legumes, whole wheat bread, whole wheat and soft corn tortilla and brown beans.
The WIC program encourages women to breastfeed their infants. Mothers who breastfeed fully receive more variety and larger quantities of foods: more milk, cheese, eggs, fruits and vegetables and both peanut butter and beans as well as canned fish ( tuna, salmon or sardines). At 6 months, infants will receive cereal and infant fruits and vegetables. Infants that are fully breastfed will receive an increased quantity of infant fruits and vegetables and infant meats. When infants require special formula due to a medical condition, it may be provided with a prescription from a doctor.