What is WIC and who can it help?

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federally funded health and nutrition education program, providing healthy foods and health and nutrition information to:

  • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or had a baby or miscarriage in the past 6 months
  • Infants
  • Children under 5 years old (including foster children)

Financial/Residency Guidelines:

  • US citizenship is not required and there is no minimum Iowa residency but you must live in Iowa
  • Fathers, stepparents, grandparents and foster parents may all apply for their children, in addition to mothers being able to apply.

Iowa WIC participants must also show financial need for services as follows:

  • Persons receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps or FIP automatically qualify for WIC and do not need to meet separate income guidelines. If a pregnancy women or infant in the household receives Medicaid, then the children under 5 years in the household are also eligible for WIC. If someone in the household receives FIP thn the financial need requirement is met.
  • Working and nonworking families who meet current income guidelines qualify financially for WIC (a pregnant woman is counted as two in the household).

Hours and Locations of WIC Clinics

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, WIC is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Volunteer Opportunities

What can you get at WIC?

An eWIC card to purchase healthy foods from local grocery stores - milk, eggs, cereal, peanut butter, canned or dried beans, fruits, vegetables and juices, whole grains, cheese and yogurt, baby food, formula and more. Checks to use at local farmers markets may also be available.

Click here for a WIC foods overview.
Click here for more information on fruits and vegetables.
Click here for more information on whole grains
Click here for more information on protein foods.
Click here for more information on dairy and soy foods.

Health and nutrition counseling by registered nurses and registered dietitians to help your family eat well and be healthy.

Help in finding a doctor, dentist, immunizations (shots) and other community services.

Nutrition groups on how to make baby food, why and how to breastfeed, nutrition store-time, cooking classes, food tastings and more. Ask at your next appointment about our parent nutrition groups or read our current session descriptions. Current groups are suspended due to COVID19. Online nutrition education and resources are available at wichealth.org.

An exceptional breastfeeding component that includes peer counselors, an electric pump loan program and breastfeeding classes.

How do I apply?

Please call WIC at (319) 356-6042 to schedule an appointment and check your financial eligibility. Families on Medicaid do not need to be additionally screened for income eligibility.

If your child is sick, please do not come to WIC. Please reschedule.

What do i bring to my WIC appointment?

Bring yourself, your baby or children who need WIC and:

Proof of Iowa Address: Please bring proof of address to your appointment. one of the following items that have your current address on it will work: current utility bill, rent or mortgage receipt; driver's license, Iowa non-driver ID or voter registration; or public assistance notification or identification such as Medicaid, hawk-I, FIP and Food Stamps.

Proof of Identity: Please bring proof of identity to your appointment. Examples of acceptable forms of I.D. include: valid driver's license, non-driver I.D., passport/visa, social security card, work or school I.D. card, Medicaid, health record (including crib cards), birth certificate, voter registration or WIC identification card (WIC folder).

Proof of Income: Please bring proof of your household income. Some examples of proof are pay stubs, unemployment benefit checks, award notices, business records, a signed statement from your employer or income tax forms. Applicants certified as eligible for certain other assistance programs are automatically income eligible for the WIC program. Please bring proof of the following to automatically qualify as income eligible: certified as eligible to receive Food Stamps, Medicaid or FIP; presumptively eligible for either FIP or Medicaid; applicants for Medicaid Home and Community Based Ill and Handicapped Services, Mental Retardation, AIDS/HIV, or Brain Injured Waiver Program; member of a household with a FIP recipient or a pregnant woman or an infant currently on Medicaid.

Optional: If your child has had a recent check-up please bring his/her current height and weight, results of blood work including lead tests, hemoglobin and their immunization record. You can also have the doctor's office fax them to WIC at (319) 339-6176.

Special Formula: If you need special formula please call in advance to check if it is approved. If approved bring this Special Formula Form completed by your healthcare provider.