WIC – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children

News: The Dunklin County Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2014 which has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, the Dunklin County Health Department will be able to serve 1,505persons eligible for WIC every month.

The Dunklin County Health Department is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Services provided on a non-discriminatory basis.

WIC helps supply nutritious foods so that pregnant women, new moms and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC helps children reach their full growth potential and WIC children enter school ready to learn and show better cognitive performance.

WIC ELIGIBILITY
WIC applicants must meet eligibility requirements under the following Categorical, Residential, Income, and Nutrition Risk considerations...

Who is eligible?

Categorical

  • Pregnant women
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • Women who have had a baby in the past six months
  • Children under the age of 5

Residential

  • Applicants must live in Missouri to receive Missouri WIC. Applicants can choose to pick up in any county of their choice.

Income

  • Applicants must have gross income at or below the standards in the table below.
  • WIC counts all of the members of a household.
  • Pregnant women are counted as two family members.
  • Some applicants who receive MO Health Net may automatically meet income eligibility.
  • Applicants who receive food stamps or TANF are automatically income eligible.
Missouri WIC Income Guidelines
April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016
Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 21,978 1,823 423
2 29,637 2,470 570
3 37,296 3,108 718
4 44,955 3,747 865
5 52,614 4,385 1,012
6 60,273 5,023 1,160
7 67,951 5,663 1,307
8 75,647 6,304 1,455
9 83,343 6,946 1,603
10

91,039

7,587 1,751
11 98,735 8,228 1,899
12 106,431 8,870 2,047
13 114,127 9,511 2,195
14 121,823 10,152 2,343
15 129,519 10,794 2,491
16 137,215 11,435 2,639

Each additional family member

Plus 7,696 Plus 642

Plus 148

 

 

 

 

Pregnant Women are counted as two family members. Income guidlines are based on 185% of poverty level. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Nutritional Risk

  • WIC participants height and weight are measured and blood work is taken to check for anemia at certification appointments every 6 months.
  • WIC participants meet with a Nutritionist for a health and nutrition screening to determine nutritional risk.
    There are two main categories of nutritional risk:
    • medically-based risks such as a history of prematurity, underweight, or iron deficiency anemia, and
    • nutrition-based risks such as poor eating habits that can lead to poor nutritional and health status.
WIC BENEFITS

Nutritious Foods
WIC participants receive checks to purchase specific foods at the grocery store each month which are designed to supplement their diets.  WIC food is high in one or more of the following nutrients:
  • protein
  • calcium
  • vitamins A, B6, C, D
  • soy
  • folate
  • iron
  • zinc
  • whole grains

Different food packages are provided for different categories of participants.  WIC foods include

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Juice
  • Cereal
  • Beans or canned Bush’s beans
  • Soy milk
  • Baby food fruit & vegetables
  • Infant cereal
  • Peas
  • Canned Fish
  • Peanut Butter
  • Infant Formula
  • Fresh/frozen fruits & vegetables
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Tortillas
  • Brown rice
  • Baby Meats

 

Nutrition Education
WIC participants receive individual nutrition counseling.

Breastfeeding Support
Dunklin County Health Department encourages families to breastfeed and offers the following breastfeeding services:

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Double electric breast pump loan program
  • Individual breastfeeding promotion and support
  • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program - women on staff that live in the community with personal breastfeeding experience who provide information and support to other mothers
  • Offerings 2 Breastfeeding Classes:
    • Advantages of Breastfeeding
    • How to Breastfeed

Breast Feeding Support Group:

Mother to mother support group meeting once a month. This support group will focus on our Breastfeeding Moms coming together to talk about their experiences with BF and what has helped them may help other Mom's. We will be having refreshments, playing games and drawing for door prizes that local businesses have dontaed for our drawing. Please bring your babies youare breastfeeding so we can see our growing families.

Referrals
WIC refers clients to a variety of health and social services agencies and programs. Examples include: MO Health Net, Food Stamps, Prenatal care, Medical and Dental Services, Family Planning, Immunizations, Head Start, Early Childhood, and First Steps.

Contact WIC
Call Dunklin County Health Department to schedule an appointment at 573-888-9441. Satellite clinic offered in Malden (573-276-3646). Applicants will need to bring the following to the certification appointment:

  • Proof of Identity – Bring a current, valid photo ID such as a driver's license, work/school ID card, military card or passport.
  • Proof of Residency – Bring the most recent utility bill, monthly rent payment, mortgage payment, or junk mail that has your name and address on it.
  • Proof of Income – Bring the most recent employment/unemployment pay stubs, DFS benefits award letter, MO Health Net card, or EBT card. If self employed bring a copy of your federal tax form.
  • Shot Record/ Crib Card – Bring shot record for infants 2 months and older. Bring crib card from the hospital for infants under 2 months.

Temporary Medicaid Cards
Temporary Medicaid Cards are given to expectant mothers who meet the income guidelines.

Breastfeeding
All prenatals will meet with an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to promote and support and address any breastfeeding concerns.

We offer a breastpump loan program. These breastpumps are dbl electric medela lactina hospital grade pumps. Each Mom gets her own personal kit that goes with the rentable pump. We only charge an initial $20 fee that will be given back upon return of the pump.

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