WIC is a nutrition education, health promotion and supplemental food program to assist pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants up to 12 months, and children up to age five, who have nutritional needs.
Benefits of WIC are provided at no cost to participants and include:
- Nutrition education and guidance.
- Breastfeeding education and support.
- Nutritious food to supplement the participant’s diet, such as milk, cheese, infant formula, iron-fortified cereal, eggs, juice, peanut butter, dried beans, fresh & frozen fruits and vegetables.
- Referrals for health care.
Applying for WIC is easy, and those who are unsure if they would qualify are still encouraged to apply. To be eligible for WIC in Missouri, participants must be a resident of Missouri, meet income guidelines, and medical/nutritional guidelines. If eligible, participants will be given nutrition education, referrals and checks for nutritious foods to buy at local participating grocery stores.
Pike County WIC Clients are typically seen by appointment each month:
Bowling Green: Pike County Health Dept. 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, MO 63334
- 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and Thursdays
Louisiana Satellite Clinic: First Baptist Church, 608 S Carolina St, Louisiana, MO 63353
- 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
For more information, please contact our office at (573) 324-2111, visit us at 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, or contact us by email.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (202) 260-1026 (local). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Breastfeeding Support Group
The Breastfeeding Support Group meets on the first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m in our Community Conference Room (side entrance).
The goal of this free support group is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Children and family support are also welcome to attend.
Advice from other moms should never replace the advice from medical experts. If you have questions or concerns about your health or your baby’s well-being you should always contact your physician or a lactation consultant.
DO YOU QUALIFY FOR WIC?
The Missouri WIC program provides supplemental food, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to eligible pregnant women, new mothers, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five (5). Fathers, grandparents, guardians, and foster parents may also apply for benefits for the children living in their household. To be eligible, you must live in Missouri and meet the following guidelines:
Qualified applicants: Pregnant women, Women breastfeeding an infant up to the infant’s first birthday, Postpartum women up to six (6) months after delivery or end of pregnancy, Infants up to their 1st birthday and/or Children until their 5th birthday.
Income: qualified applicants must fall under the income guidelines listed below. Please call our office for more information.
We are fortunate enough to offer free diapers once a month to those in need within our community. This is made possible by donations we receive from the community year round! Our stock room now serves another purpose; keeping those cute little baby bottoms dry!
Each quarter our WIC department creates an informative newsletter for the public and WIC Clients. If you are interested on being added to the e-mail list to get this and more breaking PCHD News contact us today! You can view our latest WIC and PCHD Newsletters and more here on our website.
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