Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Food Program.

Program Mission:

Improve the overall health and well-being of women, infants and children up to age 5. 

WIC provides:

  • Nutritious foods to supplement the diet
  • Nutrition education, tailored to specific needs
  • Breastfeeding support, breast pumps and breastfeeding resources
  • Referrals to health and social services

WIC Supports:

  • Women:  Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding (up to 1 year post-delivery), and postpartum (up to 6 months post-delivery)
  • Infants: Birth to 1 year of age
  • Children: 1 to 5 years of age

Income Eligibility:

  • A client who receives Medicaid is income eligible.
  • A prenatal or infant in the household who receives Medicaid, automatically qualifies everyone else in the household in regards to income eligibility. 
  • A client who receives food stamp benefits is income eligible.
  • All foster children are income eligible.
  • Many working families qualify for WIC.  If necessary, household income screenings can be performed.  Those with incomes at or below 185% the US poverty level are eligible.  If there are questions if you qualify, please contact the WIC office at 502-588-0353.
  • US citizenship is not required in order to qualify. 

Nutritional Risk:

If a client is income eligible, the nutritionist will perform a nutritional assessment/evaluation including: height, weight, hemoglobin, and a thorough diet history to determine if the client is at nutritional risk.

Supplemental Food (EBT Card):

A WIC electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card will be given for each household enrolled in WIC.  The card can be utilized at local grocery stores to redeem free food benefits.

Foods/Supplements Provided:

  • Infants: Iron infant formula (for those not breastfeeding or needing a formula supplement), infant cereal, fruits and vegetables
  • Children/Women:  Milk, cereal, juice, yogurt, eggs, fruits, vegetables, beans, peanut butter, cheese, whole grain breads, pastas, tortillas, and other supplemental foods as needed (Pediasure®, etc.)  

WIC History:

WIC was established in 1975.  The program was designed to influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in targeted, high-risk populations.  Studies have shown that the supplemental foods, in conjunction with nutrition education, have been shown to decrease the incidence of low-birth weight and premature deliveries, reduce fetal and infant deaths, decrease the incidence of anemia and growth retardation in low-income families, and increase immunization rates and access to regular healthcare.

Our Appointments:

  • To schedule a WIC appointment, contact the office at (502) 588-0353.
  • Scheduled Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted and can most often be served the same day.  
  • We strive to coordinate all future WIC appointments with future medical visit.

 

Our location:

We are located on the first level of the Novak Center for Childrens Health, 411 E. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202.

Questions? Give us a call at 502-588-0353.

 

WIC is an equal opportunity provider.  In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, WIC is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.