Ozark County Health Department

 

WIC Mission Statement

 

To improve the nutritional health status of financially eligible women, infants, and children in Missouri who are at nutritional risk by providing nutrition education, supplemental foods, and referrals to health care.

 

WHAT IS WIC?

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides foods that are especially important during pregnancy and growth. WIC is for lower to moderate income families, but is not a welfare program. WIC is a nutrition education program that many working families can qualify for.

BENEFITS OF WIC:

  •  Healthy Foods: WIC provides eligible participants with a variety of highly nutritious supplemental foods, including milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, beans, fruit juice and cereal. Breastfeeding moms get additional foods like tuna and carrots because of their increased nutritional needs. WIC encourages breastfeeding, since human breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants, however, WIC also provides infant formula, as well as infant cereal and juice.

     Nutrition Information: Through the nutrition education offered by the WIC program, prenatal and mothers learn not only about their specific nutritional needs but also those of their infants and children. Participants are given menu and recipe ideas for well balanced meals as well as shopping tips. Individual nutrition counseling services are also provided.

Together, the  foods and nutrition activities will help you to have a healthier pregnancy, and will help your child grow up as healthy as possible. WIC can help women to have healthier babies; children who participate in WIC do better in school and have fewer medical problems.

  •  Health Screenings: WIC provides free health screenings to all participants to determine nutritional risk. A nutritional risk is any problem, medical or dietary, which is caused by or is associated with what you eat. (Some examples: poor growth in a child, poor eating habits like picky eaters, and tooth decay.) WIC determines nutritional risk by measuring height and weight, doing a simple blood analysis, and reviewing each participantís medical history and dietary intake.

     
  • Health Care Referrals: WIC encourages and provides access to health care by providing participants with referrals to other community-based agencies and private providers. WIC staff are trained in community resources and can help participants find the help they may need.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?      
WIC INCOME GUIDELINES 2017
  • Pregnant women
     
  • Women breastfeeding a baby less than a year old.
  • Women who are not breastfeeding with a baby less than six months old.
     
  • Infants
  • Children up to the age of five.

In order to qualify, families are screened to determine nutritional risk and income eligibility. Moms, dads, or legal guardians can enroll infants and children in WIC.

 

 

                                                                                             

 

*Please call to make a appointment ask to speak with Suzie Green

Wic Clerk 417-679-3334

 

USDA 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.