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What is WIC?


WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children. 

WIC helps families by providing:

  • Checks to buy healthy supplemental foods from local grocery stores (authorized WIC vendors)
  • Nutrition education
  • Help finding healthcare and other community services
  • Breastfeeding information and support

Applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Idaho
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Be pregnant or be breastfeeding a baby under one year of age or have just had a baby or
  • Have an infant or a child under the age of five

WIC services are provided by the seven Idaho public health districts and two Native American health agencies. There are more than 50 clinics located across the state.

Due to recent price increases on WIC foods, we need your help to save money.  Money saved means WIC can serve more families.

How you can Help?

  1. Buy milk in gallon containers instead of 1/2 gallons
  2. Select the lowest priced brand of:
    • Milk
    • Cheese
    • Eggs
    • Peanut butter

WIC encourages you to buy all of the foods you will use.

Thank you for helping WIC

Updated: 06/2013

Frequently Asked Questions

After making an appointment at a WIC clinic near you, you can expect the following:

WIC staff will review income, residency, and identification information with you. Please see the  WIC Appointment Information form regarding what you will need to bring to your WIC appointment.

Trained WIC staff will also conduct a health screening for all family members applying. This includes a finger stick blood test to check iron status (for older infants, children, and women), measuring height and weight, and asking you some questions about your health and nutrition. At the end of this appointment you will be told if you and your children are eligible for WIC services.

Authorized foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereal, milk, eggs, juice, peanut butter, cheese, beans, and baby food.

  • Nutrition Education: At each WIC visit, nutrition information, like feeding families, saving money on food, or ideas for healthy snacks is made available to participants.
  • Breastfeeding Information and Support: WIC offers encouragement and education on the benefits of breastfeeding and how to breastfeed for particpants who are pregnant, breastfeeding or mothers of infants. When needed, breast pumps may be provided to support continued breastfeeding.
  • Supplemental Foods: WIC participants are given monthly checks for nutritious foods intended to supplement a person’s diet.
  • Health Referrals: WIC participants are told about other health care services available to them in the community