The WIC, or Women, Infants and Children Program is a supplemental food effort funded by the government to help give eligible candidates access to healthier food options.  A multitude of benefits are in store for pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, as well as infants and children under 5 years of age. These benefits include a monthly package of delicious and healthy food, health care referrals, tips on healthy eating and breastfeeding support. Even better, they’re all free of charge provided that you qualify for eligibility.

The WIC Food Package

The food package contains various nutritional foods to supplement regular meals. Every month, those who take part in the program can choose from the following for free: milks, eggs, cereals, fruit juices, fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, infant food and so much more.

Who is eligible for the WIC program?

In order to qualify for the program, a woman, infant or child must meet the income guidelines and be at a medical or nutritional risk. Some examples of these risks are iron and calcium deficiency, a poor diet, and obesity.  

USDA policy requires that applications must be done in person. However, to ensure a newborn’s health, a 60-day period is given to mothers after which they must present the baby to the clinic.

One must also remember to bring proof of income, residence and identification to their appointment. Eligibility to the WIC program will be determined by a nutritionist or health specialist upon application.

For more information on the Mississippi WIC Program, visit their website or contact them directly at (601) 991-6000.