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WIC Resources

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides food assistance, nutrition education, and health care referrals for pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children.

What’s New with WIC?

Here are important highlights and changes to WIC during the COVID-19 pandemic:

 

Access WIC Services Remotely
Many of the local WIC agencies are now offering services by phone, drive-up, mail or online during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Contact your local WIC office to find out how they’re operating right now.

WIC Shopping Flexibilities
WIC families now have more options in a variety of food categories to help address WIC product shortages.

If typical products are not in stock at the store, below are new WIC-approved substitutions:

  • Purchase Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan peanut butters in the same size.
  • Substitute large eggs for a dozen medium, extra-large, jumbo or brown eggs (organic, free-range or specialty eggs are not allowed).
  • Purchase quarts, half gallons, or gallons of milk to total the number of gallons on the checks.
  • Purchase milk with a fat content closest to what’s issued on the checks (substitutions are not allowed for lactose-free, organic, flavored, or other milk alternatives).
  • Purchase certain alternate brands of whole wheat bread
  • Purchase Beech-Nut, Gerber, or Tippy Toes brand of 4-ounce jars equal to the total amount listed on the checks.

You can find more details and food guides on the Department of Health and Senior Services website.

Program Overview

Eligibility

Must be a Missouri resident and meet categorical eligibility, nutrition, and income guidelines.

  1. Qualifying applicants include: pregnant women, women breastfeeding, postpartum women up to 6 months after delivery or end of pregnancy, infants up to 1st birthday, children until their 5th birthday.
  2. Must have evidence of nutritional risk.
  3. Gross income has to be under 185% of Federal Poverty Level. Families using SNAP or TANF automatically qualify.
    – Family size of 1 = $23,107 Annual Income Limit
    – Family size of 2 = $31,284 Annual Income Limit
    – Family size of 3 = $39,461 Annual Income Limit
    – Family size of 4 = $47,638 Annual Income Limit

Application Process

To apply for benefits, individuals should contact a local WIC agency to schedule an appointment. View this map to find an office near you or contact 1-800-835-5465 for assistance.

Benefits

WIC provides supplemental food, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care. For information about food benefits, reference this complete list of WIC-approved foods.

  • WIC encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. For babies who are not fully breastfed, iron fortified infant formula can be provided.
  • At six (6) months of age, infants may receive infant cereal, fruit, and vegetables. Infants who are fully breastfed also receive infant meat.
  • Women and children can receive fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, milk, yogurt, eggs, beans, peanut butter, cereal.
  • Women who fully breastfeed their babies may also receive extra food including canned tuna, salmon, or sardines.
  • Women, infants, and children who have certain medical conditions may also be provided additional nutritional resources.

Where can WIC be used?

Benefits can be used at authorized WIC stores. All participating stores should have a sign at their entrance and signs on approved food items throughout the store.

Contact Information

Department of Health and Senior Services
WIC and Nutrition Services
1-800-835-5465
health.mo.gov

WIC Questions & Answers

Can WIC applications and verification documents be completed without going in-person into a local WIC office?

Yes.  In order to support social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, WIC applications and verification documents may now be submitted electronically. Please contact your local WIC office for specific details on how to submit an application.

Are WIC local agencies open throughout the state?

Yes. Local agencies and hours of operation can be found on this statewide map. Individuals should call to make an appointment based on the office’s availability.

How will WIC families receive their benefits during the COVID-19 emergency?

Call your local WIC office to see how they’re operating.  Many WIC offices throughout the state are offering drive-up/curbside, phone, or mail services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To find your local WIC office, use the statewide WIC Clinics and Retailers map or call the WIC Participant Support Line at 800-392-8209.

Can a participant designate someone else to pick up food at the grocery store if they are under a COVID-19 voluntary quarantine?

Yes. Participants may designate a “Proxy” to go the grocery store for them. A proxy may be assigned during the certification process by making the request in-person or in writing to the local WIC agency.

Food supply is limited in my area and I can't find WIC-approved items at the store. What can I do?

You have options!  If typical products are not in stock at the store, below are new WIC-approved substitutions:

  • Purchase Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan peanut butters in the same size.
  • Substitute large eggs for a dozen medium, extra-large, jumbo or brown eggs (organic, free-range or specialty eggs are not allowed).
  • Purchase quarts, half gallons, or gallons of milk to total the number of gallons on the checks.
  • Purchase milk with a fat content closest to what’s issued on the checks (substitutions are not allowed for lactose-free, organic, flavored, or other milk alternatives).
  • Purchase certain alternate brands of whole wheat bread
  • Purchase Beech-Nut, Gerber, or Tippy Toes brand of 4-ounce jars equal to the total amount listed on the checks.

You can find more details and food guides on the Department of Health and Senior Services website.

What is eWIC?

Soon every WIC participant in Missouri will receive their WIC dollars on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card called an “eWIC card.”  eWIC is currently being rolled out across Missouri.  To find out when eWIC will be implemented in your area, see the statewide rollout map.

For more information about eWIC, check out the Department of Health and Senior Services website.

Last Updated:  July 2, 2020