The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental program designed to assist the health and nutritional needs of eligible women, infants and children. Under the administration of the South Dakota Department of Health, the Mount Rushmore State operates a successful WIC Program, with clinics in most counties of the state.

What the South Dakota WIC Program Provides 

Nutrition Education and Counseling 

The WIC staff works closely with participants, giving tips on how to select and use nutritious foods, how to change lifestyle and eating habits and answering food and nutrition questions that the participants may have. 

Breastfeeding Support 

Breastfeeding women participating in the WIC program will be provided with education on the benefits of breastfeeding, resources like breast pumps and breastfeeding counseling and referral. 

Nutritious Food Packages Based on Individual Needs 

WIC participants are provided with special checks to buy nutritious food from WIC-approved stores. These healthy foods include fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, cereal, whole grains, peanut butter, beans, juice, infant cereal and infant formula among others. 

Referrals 

WIC provides its participants referrals to other South Dakota health, family and social services such as Medicaid, Food Stamps and TANF. 

South Dakota WIC Eligibility Requirements 

Pregnant women or teens, breastfeeding women up to 12 months, women who had a baby in the last 6 months and infants and children up to the age of 5 qualify for the WIC Program. They must also be a resident of South Dakota, have a nutrition or health risk and meet the WIC income eligibility guidelines (below 185% of the federal poverty level.) 

For other concerns, visit the South Dakota WIC website or contact them directly at (605) 773-4786.