New Guidelines for WIC

Bates County Health Center was recently notified by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that the WIC income guidelines increased on April 1, 2021.

WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program that is provided through the United States Department of Agriculture. The purpose of WIC is to improve the health and well-being of its participants. It helps mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.

WIC Provides:• Breastfeeding education and support• Nutrition and health education• Personalized nutrition counseling• Referrals to other health programs for you and your family• eWIC card to buy nutritious foods• On-Line Nutrition Education.

The WIC program is a supplemental food program for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding (up to 1 year), or postpartum (up to 6 months), infants, and children up to five years of age. The goal of the WIC program is to provide nutrition education, referrals, and supplemental foods to the participants of the program.

WIC foods include: milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, juice, cereal, fruits, vegetables, tuna, salmon, sardines, bread, rice, tortillas, pasta, beans, peanut butter, and baby food. We do encourage and recommend breastfeeding, but mothers can receive infant formula if needed for their babies.