women, infants, and children
The special supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.
WIC at a Glance
The WIC target population are low-income nutritionally at risk:
The following benefits are provided to WIC participants:
To apply for WIC benefits, you must visit a WIC agency near you.
For additional assistance finding a WIC agency, please contact TEL-LINK at 1-800-TEL-LINK or 1-800-835-5465.
All applicants must meet income guidelines.
Individuals who meet income and category guidelines will be assessed for nutritional risk factors during the certification process.
WIC saves lives and improves the health of nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. The results of studies conducted by FNS and other non-government entities prove that WIC is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention programs. Since its beginning in 1974, the WIC Program has earned the reputation of being one of the most successful Federally-funded nutrition programs in the United States. Collective findings of studies, reviews and reports demonstrate that the WIC Program is cost effective in protecting or improving the health/nutritional status of low-income women, infants and children.
For more information contact the Dent County Health Center, or the state services at:
WIC and Nutrition Services
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Telephone: 573-751-6204 or