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Health & Medical

What is WIC? The Whiteside County Health Department explains

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If you are a woman in need of food assistance, the national WIC program can help.

The national program, which stands for Women, Infants and Children, is a special supplemental nutrition program that provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

WIC offers the following services:

  • Special checks to buy healthy foods like milk, eggs, cheese, tuna, carrots, dried beans, peas, peanut butter, cereal, juice, or iron-fortified infant formula.
  • Information about nutrition and health to help families eat well and be healthy.

Whiteside County Health Department suggests making an appointment to find out what documents you may need to bring with on your first visit. At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify. To qualify participants must live in Whiteside County, meet federal income guidelines, and have medical and/or nutritional risks that the WIC foods may help improve.

Family Case Management (FCM) is a program designed to help women and children get off to a healthy start and to stay healthy. FCM emphasizes obtaining recommended well child examinations (check-ups), medical screenings, and immunizations. Families may sign up for their medical card during their WIC appointment, and get a well child check from a nurse practitioner. The health department prides itself on one-stop- shopping to make the best use of a busy family’s time.

Fathers may also bring their children to apply for WIC. Those who qualify can apply whether they are working or unemployed, based on income guidelines.

Visit http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf   to find out if you might qualify for WIC benefits.

Visit http://www.wicstorelocator.com/  to find WIC store locations to purchase WIC-approved foods with your WIC or EBT Card, in and around Rock Falls, IL.

Whiteside County Health Department

Rock Falls Office:

1300 W. 2nd St

Rock Falls, IL 61071

815-626-2230 (p)

815-626-2231 (f)