Have you heard about the WIC program?

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

What is WIC?

WIC is a nutrition education/health promotion program designed to help moms and young children eat well and stay healthy. WIC provides nutrition information, promotes health and provides nutritious foods to supplement your diet. Your WIC food package may include: milk, cheese, evaporated milk, cereal, juice, eggs, peanut butter, beans, fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits, and bread, tortillas or brown rice. Infants receive baby cereal and jars of baby food, as well as formula, if needed. In addition tuna is provided to breastfeeding moms. These foods are chosen because they will help you and your child to be healthy. They include nutrients like: protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A & C, folate and zinc.

Who is WIC for? Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or whose pregnancy recently ended, infants under 12 months old, children under 5 years old.

THE FOLLOWING INCOME GUIDELINES APPLY:

June 1, 2020

Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly
123,6061,968 454
231,8942,658 514
340,1823,349 773
448,4703,040 933
556,7584,7301,092
665,0465,4211,251
773,3346,1121,411
881,6226,8021,570
989,9107,4931,730
1098,1988,1841,889
Each additional +8,288+691 +160
family member

*Pregnant women are counted as two family members *Income guidelines are based on 185% poverty level

The Oregon County Health Department has a signed contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Region G WIC Group to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2021. WIC is by appointment only. Anyone interested in participating in this program please call (417) 778-7450 for an appointment. Oregon County Health Department is proud to be associated with the WIC program and recognizes their contribution in making Oregon County a healthier place to live.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail to: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; by fax: 202-690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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