The WIC program is a Federally-funded program that is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services Program. Eligibility is determined by the USDA and is based upon family income, family size and other nutritional risk factors. The program serves eligible families during the prenatal period through the child's fifth birthday. Nutritional information, nutritional assessment and education as well as food vouchers are provided to families to help themselves to make nutritious food choices that promote their babies' and childrens' growth and development.
The food that can be purchased by using the food instrument coupons provided by WIC includes iron-fortified infant formula, milk,eggs, cheese, juice, cereal, beans, peas, and peanut butter. Fruits and vegetables are also included in the food instrument coupons to promote healthy eating. Typically, a three-month supply of food items is issued at one time. Nutritional education classes are provided and mandatory for WIC enrollees. WIC encourages breastfeeding among participants and will provide education and support to mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies.
For more information on this program, please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services' WIC Page (click HERE).
For further information or to schedule an appointment please call (630) 682-7400.