WIC Nutrition Program (Women, Infants & Children)

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WIC helps supply nutritious foods so that pregnant women, new moms and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy.  WIC helps children reach their full growth potential and WIC children enter school ready to learn and show better cognitive performance.

You are invited to see if you are eligible for services through a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

WIC is a federally funded program designed to improve the nutritional health of financially eligible women, infants and children up to age 5.  

Who is eligible for WIC?

  • Pregnant women 
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • Women who have had a baby or miscarriage in the past six months
  • Children under the age of 5
  • Income Guidelines

Some of the services provided to eligible clients at no cost include:

  • Nutrition education and guidance.
  • Health screenings which include height/weight and BMI (Body Mass Index) charting as well as hemoglobin testing.
  • Breastfeeding education and support.  Check out the Breastfeeding Support Group Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/West-Plains-WIC-Breastfeeding-Support-Group-1689957717932704/?fref=ts
  • Food Package:  WIC participants receive checks to purchase specific foods at the grocery store each month which are designed to supplement their diets.  Different food packages are provided for different categories of participants.  WIC foods may include:
    • Milk
    • Eggs
    • Juice
    • Cereal
    • Dry Beans/Canned Beans
    • Cheese
    • Yogurt
    • Peanut Butter
    • Tuna
    • Whole Grain Bread, Tortillas, Brown Rice
    • Fresh/Frozen Fruits/Vegetables
    • Tofu
    • Infant Formula
    • Infant Cereal
    • Infant Fruits/Vegetables
    • Infant Meats
  • Referrals for health care.

Services are provided at our three locations:

  • West Plains
  • Mountain View
  • Willow Springs

Call Howell County Health Department to schedule an appointment.  Applicants must bring the following to the certification appointment:

  • Proof of Identity for women – Bring a driver’s license, work/school ID card, military card, passport, social security card, birth certificate or voter registration card
  • Proof of Identity for child/infant – Bring shot record or birth certificate for 2 months and older.  Bring a crib card from the hospital for infants younger than 2 months
  • Proof of Residency – Bring the most recent utility bill, monthly rent/mortgage payment,, or reliable third party piece of mail that has your name and current address on it
  • Proof of Income – Bring the last month’s employment/unemployment pay stubs, DFS benefits award letter, social security/SSI letter, or child support/alimony letter.  If self employed, bring a copy of your federal tax form.

This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Howell County Health Department

WIC SERVICES

180 Kentucky Street

West Plains, MO  65775

417-256-7078

For additional information on these services, contact:

Phyllis Crider
WIC Coordinator
Email:  [email protected]

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their sub recipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

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 in any program or activity conducted or funded by 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_cust.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; or

(3) Email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.