healthy eating habits promote life.
WIC is the special supplemental nutrition Program for women, infants and children. In Illinois it is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). WIC can help with making right food choices with advice from trained staff on nutrition.
WIC can provide:
- EBT card to buy healthy foods – like milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans or peas, and peanut butter
- Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy
- Information and help about breastfeeding
- Help in finding health care and other services in your area
Women and children that meet the following criteria may be eligible for these services:
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby in the previous six months
- Infants and Children under 5 years old (including foster children)
- Families with a low to medium income, your annual income must meet the guidelines. It is possible to work and still meet these guidelines.
- If you have a medical or nutritional health risk.
Even if you and family members are working, it can be hard to make ends meet. Click on the following links to see if you might qualify for WIC benefits.
If you wish to apply for benefits contact the Hamilton County Health Department at 618-643-3522.
If you are a business, and wish to accept WIC special checks (WIC food instruments) at your store, information is available by calling the State WIC Office at 217-782-2166. If you would like a toll-free option, you can call the DHS Helpline at 1-800-843-6154.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audio tape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To File a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at : https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
US Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
When you come to your first WIC appointment, please bring the following items:
- Identification (e.g., driver’s license, photo ID)
- Proof of income (e.g., two recent pay stubs, public aid card, income fax form)
- Proof of residency (e.g., utility bill or recent mail with dated postal stamp)
- Proof of birth (e.g., birth certificate or hospital foot prints for your infant or child)
- Immunization Records
The above information is reviewed, along with the participants health history. A health screening is performed on each participant. From there, information is plotted on growth charts and evaluated individually to determine WIC eligibility. Participants are then counseled by a health professional. Eating habits are discussed and food histories are evaluated. At that time, each participant is informed of their eligibility and WIC Program responsibilities.
LaDonna Lasater, R.N.
Public Health Nurse/Supervisor
Office Clerk/Administrative Assistant