What is WIC?
The Women, Infants and Children Program provides nutrition counseling, nutritious foods and health referrals to pregnant, nursing or postpartum women, infants and children to age five. Eligibility is based on income, residence within the state, and health and/or nutrition risk factors. We also provide vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables through our Farmer`s Market Program available June through October.
How does WIC help?
WIC participants benefit by:
- Receiving nutrition education, nutrition counseling, and referral to other health and social services.
- Acquiring nutritious foods during critical times of growth for infants and children including milk, cheese, cereal, juice, eggs, beans or peanut butter, whole grain breads/brown rice/whole grain tortillas, fresh & frozen fruits & vegetables; canned fish for fully breastfeeding women. Infants: infant cereal, infant fruits, vegetables &/or meats –depending on breastfeeding status; and infant formula for non-breastfeeding infants.
- Accepting breastfeeding encouragement and support.
- Participating in WIC Farmer's Market Nutrition Program, which provides checks for fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables from June to October of each year.
The Community benefits by:
- Redemption of WIC participant checks at local WIC authorized grocery stores and Farmer`s Market.
- Use of service providers within our communities to create jobs and support local business owners.
- Advancement of public health in Indiana by improving the overall nutritional and health status of pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children ages 1 to 5 years. WIC`s top priorities are to ensure that pregnant women deliver a healthier baby and that WIC helps maintain the healthier status of this infant through age five years.
Who qualifies for WIC?
An applicant must be "categorically" eligible. The WIC Program serves prenatal women, post-partum women breastfeeding more than half, for a year after the infant`s birth; other post-partum women for six months after the infant`s birth; infants (birth to first birthday); and children from the first birthday through the month of their fifth birthday.
An applicant must be an Indiana resident.
An applicant must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. If an applicant is a participant of Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), or TANF, they may automatically qualify.
An applicant must be "at nutritional risk." The specific criteria and parameters that indicate risk are determined by a health and dietary assessment performed by a health professional at the time of certification.
How do I apply for WIC?
The best way to know if you will qualify is to apply. Contact the WIC office nearest you in Daviess, or Knox county for an appointment.
Proof of Income, ID and Residence must be provided to begin appointment.
Items you will need for your appointment include:
Proof of income: Hoosier Healthwise Card, Declaration letter for SNAP (Food Stamps) and/or TANF, Pay stubs for 30 days prior to appointment, Military earnings statement, etc.
- Proof of Identity: Birth certificate, drivers license, valid state ID, Infant: birth verification or crib card, shot record,Hoosier Healthwise Card, Social Security Card
- Proof of residence: Current bill to household member, WIC appointment reminder, lease or rent receipt, letter from home owner.
- Immunization record for infants and children under 2 years old
I don't need the assistance, but how can I help?
Contributions are greatly appreciated. Donations can be monetary as well as unopened infant formula and baby food. Please contact Michelle Pitcher, Clinical Services Manager, at 812-886-0107 if you are interested in donating infant formula and baby food.
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