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Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

The Women, Infants and Children program, commonly known as WIC, provides nutrition education, health care access and nutritious foods to supplement diets for low-income women, infants and children up to the age of five, who are at a nutrition risk.

Marina Channer, WIC Coordinator

WIC plays an important role in the overall health of our community.

  • WIC decreases the rates of birth defects and preterm deliveries by educating parents about the risks and outcomes of certain types of lifestyle behaviors during pregnancy.
  • WIC monitors iron levels of participants; we educate mothers on the importance of a healthy iron level for the development of their child(ren).
  • WIC provides nutrition education and healthy foods, enabling families to make lifelong healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
  • WIC foods are specifically selected for their nutritional value and provide essential vitamins, minerals and key nutrients to ensure good health, growth and development.
  • Providing breastfeeding education to mothers increases the likelihood that mothers will breastfeed.  Breastfeeding reduces risks such as: breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression.
  • Babies who are breastfed reduce their risk of: obesity, loer respiratory infections; Type 2 diabetes; asthma and; SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

WIC helps eligible families with:

Healthy Food
Breastfeeding Support
Nutrition Education
Health and community resources 

Is My Family Eligible?

  • You must live in Nebraska. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to apply. 
  • If you are on Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF you are income-eligible. If you don’t qualify for these programs, you may still qualify for WIC depending on the income of your household.
  • Individuals who receive benefits are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five.
  • All foster children under age five are eligible for WIC.

To apply for WIC, ask questions, or schedule an appointment please call us at 402-564-9931 during our office hours.

How do I apply?

Step 1:  Find a WIC clinic near you.
Step 2:  Call to make an appointment.
Step 3:  Bring proof of identification, address and income to your WIC appointment.

1 Proof of Identity, 1 Proof of Residency, and 1 Proof of Income are required at each certification and re-certification appointment.

If one of these proofs are missing, then the appointment will need to be rescheduled and no benefits can be issued.

Examples of Proofs Required at Certifications

Proof of Identity Examples:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Valid Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, school ID)
  • Social Security Card
  • WIC Enrollment Card

Proof of Residency Examples:

  • Mail that has been postmarked within the last 30 days
  • Lease agreement
  • Online utility bill showing service address

Proof of Income Examples:

  • Medicaid Card
  • SNAP/EBT Card
  • Notice of Action
  • Pay stubs (one months worth) 

Physician Authorization Form

If you are a WIC participant with a medical condition that requires the use of specialty formula or if you are on a restricted diet, you must get documentation of this from a physician.  This is a federal requirement.  Click on the links below to open the forms you must have filled out and signed by a doctor.  Or for more information, visit the websites below.

http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/infant_PAF.pdf

http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/children_and_women_PAF.pdf