WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is funded and administered at the national level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). At the state level, the program is operated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Nutrition Services and WIC. The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center operates the program at the local level. WIC is a nutrition education and supplemental food program for pregnant women, infants, and children under the age of five. Income and medical nutrition guidelines apply. Services that are provided include health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education, breastfeeding education & counseling, and referrals for health care.
Benefits of WIC
Experience shows that women who participate in the WIC program have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier. The goal of the WIC program is to improve the health and nutrition of eligible women, infants, and children.
Who Is Eligible
In addition, nutritional and income guidelines do apply.
How Do I Apply For WIC?
To see if you qualify for WIC services, use this pre-screening tool (provided by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service) linked below or contact 573-335-4330.
Things To Bring:
Report Fraud and Abuse of the WIC Program
The Missouri WIC Program takes all complaints seriously and encourages the immediate reporting of an alleged WIC program abuse, violation or fraud.
WIC Participant abuse includes the following:
Falsely obtaining WIC benefits including: Giving false information to get on WIC, including gross household income, residency, identity, household size, medical and health information.
Improper Use of WIC Checks Including:
WIC Vendor Abuse Includes The Following:
WIC refers clients to a variety of health and social services agencies and programs. Examples include: MO Health Net, Food Stamps, Prenatal care, Medical and Dental Services, Family Planning, Immunizations, Head Start, Early Childhood, and First Steps.
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 below, 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:
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