WIC - Make a difference in your child's life - DHS 4221

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State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Make a difference in your child's life

You may be eligible for nutrition education, breastfeeding information, and healthy foods provided by your local WIC clinic.

What is WIC?

Even if you or your family members are working, it can be hard to make ends meet. The Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) may be able to help with the right food and advice on nutrition, health care, and immunizations.

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It is administered in Illinois by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

WIC is a federal nutrition program that provides:

  • Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Nutritious Foods
  • Referrals to Other Services

WIC helps parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. The combination of nutrition education, nutritious foods, and yearly health care visits strengthens families long after their WIC eligibility has ended.

Call your WIC clinic and schedule an appointment today.

To find the WIC clinic nearest you, call

1-800-323-4769 (Voice) or

1-866-295-6817 (TTY).

WIC supports every mother's choice to breastfeed.

WIC may be able to help you if you . . . .

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have an infant or children up to age 5
  • Are working with limited income or have no income
  • Want to improve your family's health with good nutrition

WIC provides healthy foods such as:

  • milk
  • eggs
  • cheese
  • fruits and vegetables
  • cereal
  • dry or canned beans or peas
  • iron-fortified infant formula
  • whole wheat bread, brown rice, and corn tortillas

Are you eligible for WIC?

Three factors must be met:

* Category - You must be:

  • pregnant woman or breastfeeding up to one year after giving birth;
  • new mother, up to six months after giving birth; or
  • parent, guardian or caretaker who has an infant or child younger than 5 years of age.

* Income

 Your annual household income must be within WIC Guidelines.

 You may have a job and still meet these guidelines.

* Medical or Nutrition Health Risk

A screening by a WIC Certifying Health Professional must find that you have a medical or nutritional health risk such as low iron, low weight gain during pregnancy, or a diet that needs improvement.

Any infant or child on WIC or qualifying for WIC must come to the clinic

For more than 30 years the WIC program has been helping mothers, babies and children get the foods they need for proper growth and development.

At your first visit to a WIC clinic, please bring the following with you:

  • Identification*

Example: Driver's license, photo ID

  • Proof of pregnancy
  • Proof of income

 Example:? paycheck stubs,

 income tax form, Medicaid papers.

  • Proof of residency*

 Example: your utility bill or recent mail

  • Proof of birth*

 Birth certificate for your infant or child

WIC does not require proof of citizenship.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write

USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information: Call or visit your Illinois Department of Human Services' Family Community Resource Center (FCRC).

If you have questions about any Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)?program, call or visit your FCRC. We will answer your questions. If you do not know where your FCRC is or if you are unable to go there, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at:


1-800-447-6404 (TTY)

You may speak to a representative between:

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday (except state holidays)

For answers to your questions, you may also write:

Illinois Department of Human Services
Bureau of Customer Support and Services
100 South Grand Avenue East
Springfield, Illinois 62762

Visit our web site at: www.dhs.state.il.us

Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.

DHS 4221 (R-09-13) WIC - Make A Difference

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