Scheduled Appointment Times:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 11:00 am and
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WIC is a nutrition program for low-income women who are pregnant, recently had a baby, or are breastfeeding, and for children up to age five. WIC helps children when they are growing the most and can help families develop life long healthy habits.
- Nutritious foods
- Nutrition education
- Breastfeeding support and assistance
- Referrals to other community agencies
You are eligible to receive WIC services if you:
- Are a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman, infant or child under 5 years old
- Have a nutritional need (determined at the first WIC appointment)
- Have a family income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level
State of Illinois WIC Program
WIC INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
(Effective from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023)
|Persons in Family or Household Size||Annual||Monthly||Twice- Monthly||Bi-Weekly||Weekly|
|Each add'l family||+$8,732||+$728||+$364||+$336||+$168|
Frequently Asked Questions
A) Women and children may receive milk, cheese, eggs, juice, yogurt, tofu, whole grains cereals, dry or canned beans or peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a whole grain option (whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, soft corn tortillas). Breastfeeding women may also receive tuna fish, pink salmon, as well as extra cheese, juice, beans & peanut butter. Newborns that are not breastfeeding receive formula. Starting at 6 months of age, infants receive infant cereal and infant baby food. For infants 9-12 months old, fruits and vegetables (not pureed baby food) may be provided.
A) WIC has certified lactation counselors on staff that are available M-F as needed. WIC has a dedicated place to breastfeed your infant and can assist you in getting your own breast pump.
A) Bring the following to your first WIC appointment:
- Two (2) pay stubs within the last 30 days for each employed family member, or a letter from your employer with your monthly income
- Proof of identity such as a WIC ID card
- Current driver’s license or state ID
- Proof of identity for children can be a birth certificate or hospital ID bracelet
- Proof of residency such as mail postmarked in the last 60 days, a residential lease or a utility bill.
A) Appointment times vary. For your first appointment, please allow 1 – 2 hours depending on family size. You may bring a beverage and snack from home.
A) After reviewing your health, medical, and nutrition history, a nutritionist or public health nurse will share health and nutrition information and answer your questions. You will receive up to 3 months of food benefits on your WIC EBT card.
A) You will get a list of grocery stores that take WIC EBT and a WIC food list. You can also sign up for the BNFT app to be able to scan UPC codes to receive the correct WIC food items. Visit mybnft.com for more information.
A) WIC can provide another EBT card during normal business hours. A current photo ID is required.
A) WIC follows the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines, which recommend babies start solid foods at 6 months.
A) Diapers are not offered, but we can refer you to other resources.
A) Yes, you can apply for both. You can apply for WIC at the DeKalb County Health Department and SNAP at the local Department of Human Services office.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. USDA Non-Discrimination Statement