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Women, Infants and Children's Nutrition Program (WIC)

WIC is a special supplemental food program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women, infants, and children under five years of age. WIC helps you and your baby get healthy foods and healthy advice in the first years of life.

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Benefits

If you're eligible for WIC, you'll receive at no cost:

  • A monthly package of delicious, nutritious foods
  • Valuable tips on healthy eating
  • Health care referrals
  • Breastfeeding support

Getting WIC

WIC food package

The WIC food package provides nutritious foods to supplement your regular meals. You can choose some or all of the following, free of charge:

  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Cheese
  • Baby formula
  • Peanut butter
  • White and chocolate milks
  • Hot and cold cereals
  • A selection of 100% fruit juices
  • Canned tuna for breastfeeding mothers
  • Whole wheat bread and tortillas
  • Fresh and canned fruits and vegetables
  • Baby food fruits and vegetables
  • Baby food meats for breastfed infants

Who is eligible

To be eligible for the program, a woman, infant, or child must meet the income guidelines and be at medical or nutritional risk. Low iron levels in the blood (anemia), underweight, overweight, or poor diet are typical examples. A nurse or nutritionist will determine if an applicant is eligible for the WIC program.

You can check your income against the current guidelines to see if you may qualify.

If you receive TANF, Food Stamps or Medicaid, you automatically meet WIC income guidelines.

Apply in person

USDA policy requires that applicants must apply in person for WIC benefits at their local WIC clinic. Parents not wanting to bring their newborns in to the WIC clinic have a 60-day period during which the newborn must be seen at the WIC clinic.

What to bring to your WIC appointment

Applicants must bring proof of income, residence, and identification to their WIC appointment.

Examples of proof of income:

  • A current pay stub less than 60 days old
  • A signed statement from an employer indicating gross income earnings for a specified pay period
  • Current W-2 forms
  • An income tax return for the most current year
  • Proof of Medicaid, TANF, or Food Stamps

Examples of proof of residence:

  • Pieces of mail that include the client's current address (e.g. current utility bill, bank statement, etc.)
  • A valid driver's license with the current address
  • A mortgage/rental agreement

Examples of proof of identification:

  • A valid driver license
  • A social security card
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A current shot record
  • A military ID
  • A newborn crib card

Find Out More

Contact us for more information about WIC:

Mississippi WIC Program
805 S. Wheatley St
Suite 400
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Phone: (601) 991-6000 or call toll-free (800) 545-6747 outside of Jackson

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