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. (See resources below for eligibility information.)
MESSAGE FROM MISSOURI WIC (2.7.19)
(Bowling Green and Louisiana), MO- The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, remains in operation in Missouri. Missouri WIC has received funding to support normal program operations through at least March 31, 2019. The (Pike County Health Dept.) WIC program will continue to hold appointments with participants and will provide the same level of services and benefits. In addition, the WIC state agency has notified local agencies and retailers that the program will allow all benefits issued to participants to be redeemed for the months printed on the WIC checks. Some participants are on tri-monthly benefit issuance; therefore, during the month of March, benefits will be issued to some participants for April, May, and June.
The partial government shutdown and lack of an approved federal budget for the USDA has interrupted the normal flow of funding and information from USDA to WIC state agencies. The WIC state agency is participating in regular calls with USDA to remain apprised of developments at the federal level. USDA has been issuing funding needs surveys and is working diligently with individual state agencies to avoid interruptions to WIC benefits and services.
The state agency plans to issue a programmatic update by February 28, 2019 regarding funding and further continuation of WIC program operations.
Pregnant women, new mothers, and families with children from birth through their fifth birthday can learn more about qualifying and enrolling in the Missouri WIC program by visiting the Missouri WIC website at wic.mo.gov to locate their local agency or by calling 1-800-TEL-LINK (1-800-835-5465).
For more information, please contact our office at (573) 324-2111, visit us at 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, or contact us by email.
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.
We are fortunate enough to offer free diapers once a month to those clients on our WIC services. This is available thanks to the generosity of our local Bowling Green Times, who are responsible for orchestrating the donation station and advertising each year. Our stock room now serves another purpose; keeping those cute little baby bottom’s dry!
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.
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.