News Releases

June 5, 2013

Annual Notification of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program Guidelines for Missouri

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program that provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants.

Program eligibility is partially based on income guidelines. Income must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level, or $43,568 for a family of four. Participants must also complete a nutritional risk assessment by a health professional at a participating WIC agency in Missouri.

Missouri women interested in finding out more about how to receive WIC benefits can call TEL-LINK at 1-800- TEL-LINK (1-800-835-5465) or contact the local public health agency or WIC office in their county. The information is also available online at www.health.mo.gov/wic.

In accordance with program guidelines, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is required to notify the public annually of WIC information through a public notification that informs the public of the availability of WIC program benefits, discusses the eligibility criteria for participation and gives the location of local agencies operating the WIC program.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: U.S. Department of Agriculture Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (202) 260-1026 (local). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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