Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)


 Please call if you are in need of WIC services, we are happy to assist you.

McDonough County Health Department WIC hours are Monday and Tuesday in the afternoon from 12:30-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Call us at 309-837-9951 ext 2270 to see if you qualify for the program or to schedule an appointment. 

Goal

To safeguard the health of income eligible pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

What is WIC?

WIC is a supplemental program that provides nutritious foods, nutrition counseling, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves income eligible pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. WIC is not an entitlement program through which Congress sets aside funds to allow every eligible individual to participate in the program. It is a federal grant program. The grant monies are dispersed to the various sites nationwide that participate in the WIC program.

How WIC helps:

WIC reduces fetal deaths and infant mortality, reduces low birth weight rates and increases the duration of pregnancy, improves the growth of nutritionally at-risk infants and children, decreases the incidence of iron deficiency anemia in children, improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women and improves weight gain in pregnant women. Pregnant women participating in WIC receive prenatal care earlier. Children enrolled in the program are more likely to have a regular source of medical care and have up to date immunizations. It also improves children’s diets as well as their cognitive development.

Fillable Medically Prescribed Formula Form FINAL 3.2021_ (Updated March 2021)

Income Eligibility Guidelines (Updated July 1, 2020)

Illinois WIC Participant Survey (Updated April, 2021)

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity conducted or funded by the USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:  http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cutst.html. and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail:     U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue SW

                       Washington, D.C.  20250-9410

2. fax:  (202) 690-7442

3. email:    program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.