In the Heart of the Red River Valley
WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
The WIC Program is a Nutrition and Breastfeeding program that helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. The WIC Program also provides individualized nutrition education and counseling, vouchers to purchase nutritious foods from local vendors, and referrals to health and other social services.
Women- Pregnant, Breastfeeding and Postpartum mothers for 6 months
Infants - up to one year of age
Children- age one to five
Do you qualify or know someone who would qualify for free supplemental foods, nutrition education and parenting ideas? Then WIC is the place for you. Save on food costs, receive prenatal and breastfeeding support and referrals to other services available in our counties. Many working families are eligible for this service.
As always, WIC applicants may qualify by bringing proof of income when income is at or below these amounts (effective from May 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018):
each additional member add
***Pregnant Women count as 2 persons
Families may also qualify by bringing proof that a family member is enrolled in one or more of the following programs:
Families with incomes higher than the incomes listed above will still qualify for WIC if a family member is enrolled in Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care. Applicants on TEFRA will still qualify for WIC.
Complete a Minnesota Health Care Programs application today to establish your eligibility!
What Consists of Proof of Income?
Monetary compensation for services, such as wages, salary, commissions or fees.
Net income from farm or self employment (as part of total income on the most recent tax return)
Social security benefits
Dividends or interest on savings or bonds, income from estates, or net rental income
Public assistance or welfare payments, unemployment compensation
Government civilian employee or military retirement or pension or veteran’s payments
Private pensions or annuities
Alimony or child support payments
Regular contributions from persons not living in the household
Other cash income: cash amounts rec’d or withdrawn from any source, including savings, investments, trust accounts and other resources that are readily available to the family.
Remember, you MUST bring proof of eligibility to each WIC appointment. This includes proof of income, residency, and identity.
What Occurs During Your Appointment?
Monitor height, weight and hemoglobin
Assess general health status
Discuss you and your child's nutritional needs
We need to remind you that WIC doesn't meet all the nutritional needs - it is a supplemental program. The food package is provided to each participant, tailoring it to meet to nutritional needs of each participant on the program.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please call the WIC office at (218) 935-2527 or (218) 784-5425 prior to your appointment and we would be happy to help you.