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Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program with a strong emphasis on education about nutrition-based health. The program provides nutrition education, screening, risk assessment, and counseling to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to five years old.

WIC also provides an eWIC card to help you purchase nutritious foods like milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, whole grain foods and fruits and vegetables at local grocery stores.  New mothers who are breastfeeding may receive additional foods in an enhanced food package.

Eligibility

WIC is open to people who meet income guidelines and are determined by health professionals to be at nutritional risk. An unborn child can be counted as a member of the family when eligibility is determined. If you are interested in WIC services, please call us at 417-581-2385 to schedule an appointment.

Your First WIC Visit

The WIC office will text you several days before your first appointment and will ask you to text us the following information. Staff will then follow up by calling you to verify the information. If you cannot receive text messages, our WIC staff will call you. Please be ready to provide the following information:

Name of the Person Being Enrolled
The pregnant woman, new mother, infant, or child being enrolled must come to our office in person for the first visit.

 

Proof of Legal Name
Show proof of legal name for an infant with hospital discharge papers, a nursery bracelet, a birth certificate or a crib card.

For a child please provide an immunization record or a birth certificate. 

For an adult please provide a photo ID, such as a driver's license.
 

Photo ID
Adults should present a photo ID, such as a driver's license.

 

Proof of Missouri Address
Provide a utility bill, telephone bill, voter's registration card, or another bill addressed to you.

 

Proof of Income / Medicaid (MOHealthNet) Card
Present one month of pay stubs or Social Security payment stub for everyone in the household that is working. Your gross income must fall into the WIC program eligibility guidelines. If you have a Medicaid card, please provide the card for each person enrolling in the program.

 

Child / Infant's Immunization Records
Please present records of any immunizations your infant or child has received.

 

Nutrition Assessment

Please complete the nutrition assessment for the each child age 1 - 5 being enrolled.
 

Please bring the person to be enrolled to your first appointment, and arrive 10 minutes early.

For more information, call our WIC office at 417-581-2385 or visit us at 301 E. Brick Street in Ozark, Missouri.

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding gives your infant the perfect food and the best start in life. Science shows benefits for both you and your infant when you choose to breastfeed. The antibodies in your breast milk help protect your baby from diseases that you both are exposed to.

We support breastfeeding moms. Our breastfeeding peer counselor will answer your questions and offer you support. We can also help you find a breast pump. Ask our staff for more details.

 

Our peer counselor offers breastfeeding classes every Wednesday from 9:00-10:00 am and every Thursday from 1:30-2:30 pm. We also host a Breastfeeding Support Group at our office in Ozark. All breastfeeding moms and pregnant ladies are invited to attend this time of fun, food, and support. Bring your stories, your struggles, your suggestions, and your laughter.

Additional Services

In addition to nutrition education, food vouchers, and breastfeeding support, our WIC staff also offer dental health education, referrals for childhood immunizations, blood lead tests, and mental health services.

Hours of Operation

The Christian County WIC office is located at 301 E Brick Street in Ozark, Missouri.

We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to noon and from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

On the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month we have slightly different hours so we can offer services later in the evening. We are open on those Tuesdays from 10:00 am to noon and from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Resources

Benefits of Breastfeeding, American Academy of Pediatrics

Missouri WIC Program, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)

Breastfeeding Information, La Leche League International