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:
WIC is transitioning from benefit checks to an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards or “eWIC cards.” Cards are being distributed by local WIC agencies and will be reloaded during WIC appointments. All household benefits will be loaded onto one eWIC card.
Participants will need their eWIC cards to purchase food at WIC-approved grocery stores. After the purchase, the store will print the remaining month’s food benefits. Benefits will stay on the card until they expire at the end of month. Watch this video to learn more about how to use your eWIC card.
Local WIC Agencies
Check with your local WIC office to learn more about how they’re operating during the pandemic. Some services may be available by phone, online, or drive-up.
Must be a Missouri resident and meet categorical eligibility, nutrition, and income guidelines.
- 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.
- Must have evidence of nutritional risk.
- 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
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.
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?
Department of Health and Senior Services
WIC and Nutrition Services
WIC Questions & Answers
Can WIC applications and verification documents be completed without going in-person into a local WIC office?
Contact your local WIC office to find out if they are operating differently during COVID-19. You may be able to submit some information remotely and receive select services over the phone, online, or drive-up.
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.
WIC participants throughout Missouri are now using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards called “eWIC cards” instead of benefit checks. All regions are now using eWIC after a phased rollout across the state.
For more information about eWIC, check out the Department of Health and Senior Services website.
Last Updated: July 2, 2020