Women, Infant & Children (WIC)
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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition and breastfeeding program for pregnant women, breastfeeding and postpartum mothers, infants, and children up to age five. You receive nutritious foods at no cost, nutrition counseling for yourself and your children, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health and other social services.
Who is Eligible for WIC?
The following Renville County residents who meet the program's liberal income guidelines are eligible to receive WIC services:
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or recently had a baby (one year after your baby is born if breastfeeding or six months if not breastfeeding)
- Infants from birth to one year of age
- Children from one year of age to their fifth birthday
- Participation in SNAP, MN Family Investment Program (MFIP), Medical Assistance, Fuel Assistance, Reduced or Free School Lunch, Head Start, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are automatic income qualifications for an individual
What Does WIC Provide?
WIC provides nutrition education and one-to-one counseling, infant and child feeding tips, support and help with breastfeeding, referrals for health care and social service programs, and eWIC card to buy healthy foods. Supplemental foods may include:
- Whole grains, to provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals. You may choose whole grain bread, whole grain tortillas, brown rice, or oatmeal.
- Iron-fortified cereals provide iron for healthy blood and many WIC cereals are whole grain and high in fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals.
- Eggs, dry or canned beans, and peanut butter provide protein to build and repair body cells. Beans are also high in fiber and have some iron. You can choose between dry or canned beans or peanut butter.
- Milk provides protein, calcium, and vitamin D which are important for growth, especially bone growth. WIC can substitute soy beverage or tofu for some of your milk depending on the situation.
- WIC also provides vitamin C rich fruit or vegetable juice. WIC recommends trying fresh fruits and vegetables --any fresh fruit or vegetable is allowed. eWIC can also be used to get canned or frozen fruits and vegetables.
- Breastfed Is Best - It is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Breast milk has the exact nutrition baby needs. It protects baby from infections and illnesses, and helps eye and brain development. Iron-fortified infant formula is available from WIC for infants who are not breast-fed. For more breastfeeding information, visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/bf/index.html.
- In addition to iron-fortified formula being provided, infant food fruits, vegetables, and meats (for breastfed infants) provide vitamins, minerals, new tastes and textures.
How Do You Get WIC?
Call the Renville County WIC Program to apply and schedule an appointment: #320-523-3762.
What is eWIC?
In the past, benefits have been issued in the form of vouchers on paper. Minnesota WIC is now implementing eWIC that provides WIC benefits for each family or household on ONE eWIC card. One of the benefits of eWIC is that participants can buy individual food items and no longer need to purchase all WIC foods at one time. Also, the card can now be easily carried in your wallet and no longer requiring a folder.
How Do I Use eWIC Benefits?
* Shop at WIC-approved stores. The WIC office will provide you with a list. Ask the cashier if they ring up WIC foods separate from non-WIC items.
* Buy only the foods listed in your benefits package list. You may use the shopping list printed at your appointment to track foods you have available or check your household foods available in the My Minnesota WIC App for either Android or iPhone smartphones. Click here to view more about the My Minnesota WIC App.
* Use benefits on or between dates stated on your shopping list or in the WIC app benefits screen.
* Do not return WIC foods for cash or credit, sell benefits/eWIC card or WIC foods, or use an eWIC card that you reported lost or stolen.
* Report a stolen eWIC card to the WIC Program and to the Police.
For more tips on shopping using WIC benefits, visit "Shopping for WIC Foods".
Please, feel free to view the Minnesota eWIC video "Using Your eWIC Card".