Pregnant/Breastfeeding Women, Infants and Children (up to age 5) can get the extra nutrition they need for a healthy pregnancy and start of new life. Clients must live in Missouri. WIC clients are seen by appointment only so call 417-345-2332 ext 105 or go to Missouri Department of Health WIC website (click here)
What benefits does WIC offer?
The WIC program provides breastfeeding support, nutrition education, referrals to appropriate health agencies, and nutritious foods for eligible applicants.
Who is eligible to receive WIC benefits?
WIC serves pregnant women, non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after delivery or termination of the pregnancy), breastfeeding women (up to 1 year after delivery as long as they are breastfeeding the baby), infants from birth up to 1 year of age, and children up to their 5th birthday.
Missouri WIC All applicants must meet income guidelines.
Individuals who meet income and category guidelines will be assessed for nutritional risk factors during the certification process. Income must be 185% of FPL or less
The Dallas County Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC Services for federal fiscal year 2019 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, the Dallas County Health Department will be able to serve 300 people eligible for WIC every month.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program providing services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday, based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Nutritious supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants. To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have an income of less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level and be determined by a health professional to be at nutritional risk. Migrant families are also eligible.
WIC supplemental food packages are specially chosen to provide foods high in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Eligible women and children receive fortified milk and cheese, eggs, whole grain bread products and hot or cold cereals, 100% fruit juices and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The WIC program recommends breastfeeding, provides breast-feeding support, baby foods, and infant cereal. For women who cannot or choose not to breastfeed, infants may receive supplemental iron fortified formula. WIC participants obtain their foods by redeeming food checks for specific items at local grocery stores and pharmacies.
Studies confirm that pregnant women who enroll in WIC during the early months of pregnancy have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier.
WIC is administered in Dallas County by the Dallas County Health Department. Persons interested in applying or who are in need of more information should contact the Dallas County Health Department at 417-345-2332 Ext 105. WIC clinics are offered at 1011 West Main Street, Buffalo, Missouri. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:30.
*Note income guidelines have changed as of April 1, 2019. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.