WIC Program


Women, Infants and Children Program

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a supplemental food program that operates as an adjunct to health care for low income pregnant women, postpartum women up to six months after delivery, breastfeeding women up to 12 months after delivery, infants up to one year of age, and/or children up to their fifth birthday from low-income families who are determined to be at nutritional risk.  It is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture

    WIC serves as an adjunct to health care to prevent occurrence of nutrition and health problems and to improve the nutritional and health status of participants by providing supplemental foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health care and social service providers and systems. Food supplementation and nutrition education components are combined with health care supervision and access to social services.

    The benefits of the WIC Program include:  Food packages or Food Instruments (vouchers, coupons) distributed to participants are designed to provide specific nutrients known to be lacking in the diets of the target population.  In Illinois, distribution is through retail purchase.  Nutrition Education includes: risk factor specific nutrition education as well as breastfeeding education and promotion.  Adjunct to health care the increased and regular use of health care services is expected as an indirect benefit to women, infants and children enrolled in the WIC Program. 

    The objectives of the WIC Program are:  To provide participants nutritious foods as a supplement to a normal diet.  To increase participants knowledge and positive attitudes toward nutrition foods.  To encourage early and frequent use of prenatal care.  To foster routine use of well child care for infants and children, including the recommended schedule of immunizations.  To permanently improve the eating behavior of all participants.

    The WIC Program has a Certified Lactation consultant and Lactation Educator on staff.

What Foods are Available

Milk    

Eggs   

Tortillas 

Juice 

 Cereal  

Fruits 

Cheese  

Dried Peas  

 Vegetables

Dried Beans   

Peanut Butter 

Whole Wheat Bread 

Infant Formula  

Infant Juice 

Brown Rice 

Infant Cereal  

Oatmeal  

BabyFood(Fruits & Vegetables) 

 

"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

 For more information please contact the Morgan County Health Department WIC Program at 217-245-7812


Hours of Operation


Mondays 8:00AM-12PM; 1:00PM-6:00PM

Tuesdays-Fridays 8:00AM-12:00PM; 1:00PM-4:00PM



 

 

WIC Income Guidelines

Guidelines for FCS Special Nutrition Programs

During the Period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

Based on Federal Poverty Income Guidelines

 

 Family Size

Annual 

 Monthly

  Twice-Monthly

  Bi-Weekly

Weekly

 1

 $21,978 

$1,832

$916 

$846

 $423

 2

$29,637 

$2,470

$1,235

$1,140

$570 

 3

$37,296 

 $3,108

$1,554

$1,435 

$718 

 4

$44,955 

$3,747 

$1,874

$1,730 

$865 

 5

 $52,614

 $4,385

$2,193 

$2,024 

$1,012

 6

$60,273 

$5,023 

 $2,512

$2,319 

$1,160 

 7 

 $67,951

$5,663

$2,832 

$2,614 

$1,307 

 8

$75,647 

$6,304 

$3,152 

 $2,910

 $1,455

 Each Add'l member

$7,696 

$642 

$321 

$296

$148 

 

    Annual FCS income guidelines for the WIC Program were obtained by multiplying the annual federal poverty guidelines and increment for each additional family member by 1.85 and rounding the results as necessary. Monthly (weekly) income guidelines for the WIC Program were obtained by multiplying the federal guidelines/increment by 1.85, dividing by 12 (52), and rounding the results upward as necessary.

The above guidelines reflect 185% of poverty and meet the requirements of 7 CFR, Part 246 (AMDT. 3)

 Women, Infants and Children DHS