The federally-funded food assistance program known as the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is designed to educate low-income women and their children about their health and nutrition. Under the administration of the Illinois Department of Human Services, the state of Illinois takes pride in their WIC Program.

The Illinois WIC Program provides:

  • Health and nutrition information for low-income families to help them eat well and be healthy
  • Special checks/vouchers to purchase healthy foods such as milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans or peas and peanut butter
  • Information, resources and support for breastfeeding women
  • Assistance in finding health care and other services in the participant’s area

Who can receive Illinois WIC Program services?

  • Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, children less than 5 years old and infants who are residents of Illinois
  • Families with a total household income of or below 185% of the federal poverty level

If you think you meet these requirements and want to apply to the Illinois WIC Program, contact the nearest WIC clinic in your area to schedule an appointment and find out what documents to bring to the appointment.

The Illinois WIC Program offers a variety of classes for its participants, all health and nutrition-related. Some of their lessons include A Guide for Feeding Your Baby, Breastfeeding – Baby’s Best Start, Feeding Your Baby – Eating from the Family Table Infant Formula Preparation, More Fruits and Vegetables and Nutrient Sheet – Vitamin A.

For inquiries and concerns, visit the Illinois WIC website or contact them at (217) 782-2166.