Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program sponsored by the federal government for women, infants, and children. The program provides free food, health care referrals, and nutrition education to improve the health status of the participant and child.
WIC is funded and administered at the national level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the state level, the program is operated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The Knox County Health Department administers the program at the local level.
Who Is Invited To Participate?
WIC serves women who are low-income, pregnant, breastfeeding, or have had a baby less than 6 months ago, and infants and children up to 5 years of age who are at nutritional risk.
Requirements for participation in the WIC program are the same for everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap.
What Are The Income Guidelines?
Income guidelines are based on GROSS INCOME and are available at the agency office, or you can call for details.
- Wages, Salary, Tips, and Fees. Commissions
- Net Farm or Rental income or loss (after business expenses)
- Net self-employed income or loss (examples: business, child care, Avon, etc.)
- Total Military pay LESS cash housing allowance (BAQ)
- Child Support and/or Alimony received
- TANF, Social Security, SSI & other cash Public Assistant payments
- Unemployment, Workman’s Compensation, Strike benefits
- Pension, Retirement, Veterans payments
- Interest, Dividends
- Prizes and other cash income
- Cash is withdrawn from Savings, Trust, etc.
- Regular contributions from anyone – living in the home or not
- Student Financial Aid: fewer tuition fees, books, and transportation
To make an appointment, call the Knox County Health Department at (660) 397-3396 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
How To Apply For WIC
Have Ready When You Call:
- Your income information
- If you are moving from another state, provide transfer information.
- If you are relocating within the state of Missouri, bring your WIC folder
What Should You Expect?
- Certification appointments are on the 1st Tuesday and Wednesday of every month by appointment only. They take about one to one and a half hours.
- To qualify for WIC, there are three sets of guidelines that must be met:
- Women, Infant, Child status
- Income Level
- Medical risks or nutritional needs
- Clerks will verify income, Missouri residency, and women, infant, child status.
- A Nurse and Nutritionist assign medical or nutritional risk based on weight, height, diet history, and provide counseling. They will also offer referrals to other organizations and services as needed.
- If certified as eligible, you will have when you leave:
- WIC debit card to take to the store for nutritious foods
- An appointment for the following month
Where Is WIC In Knox County?
WIC services are provided in Knox County at our office located at 102 W. Monticello St. Edina, MO 63537
The exact amount of food depends on the child’s age and whether or not the mother is breastfeeding.
WIC debit card is given for a variety of nutritional foods. The list includes milk, cheese, fresh or frozen fruits, and vegetables, cereal, infant formula, infant fruits and vegetables, infant meats, 100% juice, peanut butter, dried beans or peas or canned beans/legumes, whole wheat bread, whole wheat and soft corn tortillas, and brown beans.
The WIC program encourages women to breastfeed their infants. Mothers who breastfeed fully receive a larger quantity of foods. They also receive a wider variety. This list includes more milk, cheese, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and both peanut butter and beans as well as canned fish (tuna, salmon, or sardines). At 6 months, infants receive cereal and infant fruits and vegetables. When a mother chooses to fully breastfeed, her infant will receive an increased quantity of infant fruits and vegetables and infant meats. When infants require special formula due to a medical condition, they may be provided with a prescription from a doctor.
Additional WIC Resources