What is the purpose of this service?
WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.
Who can receive these services?
Women and their children who are:
What services are offered?
WIC can provide:
- Special checks to buy healthy foods - like milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans or peas, and peanut butter
- Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy
- Information and help about breastfeeding
- Help in finding health care and other services in your area
How can I apply for WIC benefits? (WIC Participant)
Services are provided in communities throughout the state.
Use the DHS Office Locator to find your local Women, Infants and Children office. Make an appointment and find out what papers or documents you need to bring with you. At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify. If you need assistance, contact the State WIC Office at 217-782-2166.
How can I apply to accept WIC at my store? (WIC Vendor)
If you are interested in accepting the special checks (WIC Food Instruments) at your store, information is available by calling the State WIC Office at 217-782-2166. If you would like a toll-free option you can call the DHS Helpline at 1-800-843-6154.
More Information & Resources
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture 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 Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202)720-6382 ( TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."