WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It is administered in Illinois by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Even if you or your family members are working, it can be hard making ends meet. The WIC Program may be able to help with the right food and advice on nutrition, health care and immunizations.

WIC enables parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. The combination of nutrition education, nutritious foods and access to other health services strengthens families long after their WIC eligibility has ended.

WIC is a federal nutrition program that provides nutrition education, counseling and support, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods, health screenings, and referrals to other services.

WIC may be able to help YOU if you:
–are pregnant or breastfeeding
–have an infant or children up to age 5
–are working with limited income or have no income
–want to improve your family’s health with good nutrition

Eligibility Requirements

Three factors must be met for eligibility requirements:
1. You must be one of the following:
–a pregnant woman
–breastfeeding (up to one year after giving birth)
–a new mother (up to six months after giving birth; or
–a parent, guardian or caretaker who has an infant or child younger than 5 years of age

2. Must meet within the WIC Income Guidelines (see chart below)

3. Have a medical or health risk.
A screening by a WIC Certifying Health Professional must find that you have a medical or nutritional
health risk such as low iron, low weight gain during pregnancy or a diet that needs improvement.

To find out if you are eligible for WIC nutrition program, compare your salary to the WIC Income Guidelines.

WIC Income Guidelines: Guidelines for FCS Special Nutrition Programs during the Period 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2020. Based on 185% Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

Family SizeAnnualMonthlyTwice-MonthlyBi-WeeklyWeekly
1$23,107$1,926$963$889$445
2$31,284$2,607$1,304$1,204$602
3$39,461$3,289$1,645$1,518$759
4$47,638$3,970$1,985$1,833$917
5$55,815$4,652$2,326$2,147$1,231
6$63,992$5,333$2,667$2,462$1,231
7$72,169$6,015$3,008$2,776$1,388
8$80,346$6,696$3,348$3,091$1,546
Each Additional Member Add+$8,177+$682+$341+$315+$158

Annual FCS income guidelines for the WIC Program were obtained by multiplying the annual federal poverty guidelines and increment for each additional family member by 1.85 and rounding the results as necessary. Monthly (weekly) income guidelines for the WIC Program were obtained by multiplying the federal guideliens/increment by 1.85m dividing by 12 (52) and rounding the results upward as necessary.

Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity Forms

The ILLINOIS PARENTAGE ACT OF 2015 was passed by the 99th General Assembly last fall. The ACT provides methods and changes for the establishment of a parent-child relationship. Forms for Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP), Illinois Denial of Parentage and Rescission of Illinois VAP or Denial of Parentage Forms will be available to the public at both of our Health Dept. locations after Friday, Jan. 22. Also, you may download or order the forms from the Child Support Website at: http://childsupportillinois.com.

 

 

Non-Discrimination Statement
WIC does not require proof of citizenship

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: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.