healthy eating habits promote life.
WIC is the special supplemental nutrition Program for women, infants and children. In Illinois it is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). WIC can help with making right food choices with advice from trained staff on nutrition.
WIC can provide:
- EBT card to buy healthy foods – like milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans or peas, and peanut butter
- Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy
- Information and help about breastfeeding
- Help in finding health care and other services in your area
Women and children that meet the following criteria may be eligible for these services:
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby in the previous six months
- Infants and Children under 5 years old (including foster children)
- Families with a low to medium income, your annual income must meet the guidelines. It is possible to work and still meet these guidelines.
- If you have a medical or nutritional health risk.
Even if you and family members are working, it can be hard to make ends meet. Click on the following links to see if you might qualify for WIC benefits.
If you wish to apply for benefits contact the Wayne County Health Department at 618-842-5166 Ext. 101.
If you are a business, and wish to accept WIC special checks (WIC food instruments) at your store, information is available by calling the State WIC Office at 217-782-2166. If you would like a toll-free option, you can call the DHS Helpline at 1-800-843-6154.
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), 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.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT FORM, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: US. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
When you come to your first WIC appointment, please bring the following items:
- Identification (e.g., driver’s license, photo ID)
- Proof of income (e.g., two recent pay stubs, public aid card, income fax form)
- Proof of residency (e.g., utility bill or recent mail with dated postal stamp)
- Proof of birth (e.g., birth certificate or hospital foot prints for your infant or child)
- Immunization Records
The above information is reviewed, along with the participants health history. A health screening is performed on each participant. From there, information is plotted on growth charts and evaluated individually to determine WIC eligibility. Participants are then counseled by a health professional. Eating habits are discussed and food histories are evaluated. At that time, each participant is informed of their eligibility and WIC Program responsibilities.
Megan Jackson, R.N .