WIC (Women, Infants, Children) Nutrition Program
The WIC program assists you with purchasing healthy foods and provides information on healthy eating during pregnancy and feeding your child
You may qualify for WIC if you:
- Live in Peoria County
- Are pregnant or have a child less than 5 years of age
- Meet WIC Income Guidelines
- Have a nutritional risk
The WIC Program:
- Provides free one-on-one and group nutrition education. You may qualify to take your nutrition education on-line. If your nutritionist approves on-line education, visit the WIC on-line education website
- Ensures the proper growth of infants and children
- Provides breastfeeding education and assistance
- Assesses eligibility to receive a free breast pump
- Assists pregnant women with obtaining temporary state medical cards (MPE card)
- Provides free food coupons to supplement your food purchases at local stores
Illinois WIC Program Information (Illinois Department of Human Services)
WIC Encourages Breastfeeding
WIC supports breastfeeding. The nutritional and health advantages of breastfeeding are taught and encouraged in WIC nutrition education. Participants also learn about the convenience and bonding advantages of breastfeeding their infants. Breastfeeding mothers receive larger food packages to support the higher nutritional needs of breastfeeding. WIC has a dedicated Breastfeeding Peer Counselor on staff to help educate and support women from the start of pregnancy, through the start of breastfeeding, and on to successful breastfeeding.
Have a breastfeeding question or need support? Call our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at 309/679-6187 or email us.
WIC Food Packages
Supplemental food packages may include some of the following foods (listed by category):
- Women (pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding) and Children:
Milk, Cheese, Cereal, 100% Juice, Eggs, Dried Beans, Peanut Butter, Fruits and Vegetables, Whole Wheat Bread, Corn Tortillas, Oatmeal, and/or Brown Rice
Iron Fortified Formula, Infant Cereal, and/or Infant Fruits and Vegetables
Follow Safety Guidelines for Preparing Feeding Formula
Commercial powdered infant formulas are not sterile. Caregivers should follow precautions to reduce the risk of infection in infants:
- Wash hands, forearms and fingernails thoroughly before handling any feeding materials or preparing formula.
- All bottles, nipples, caps and rings should be washed in hot, soapy water with thorough rinsing.
- Before use, powdered formula should be kept dry in an airtight container with a firm cap or lid and stored in a cool, dark area. Make sure the expiration date has not passed.
- During formula preparation, bring water to a bubbling boil for two minutes and allow the water to cool before mixing.
- Do not use a microwave oven to warm the formula.
- Formula should be prepared in small amounts immediately before feeding time to minimize the need for storing reconstituted formula.
- Reconstituted formula should not be stored at room temperature for more than one hour or more than four hours in the refrigerator after preparation.
- Throw out any formula left in a bottle after feeding.
Additional information on best practices in preparing infant formula can be found here:
Complete Illinois WIC Food List NEW for 2014 (revised 10/14)
Lista de Alimentos del Programa WIC de Illinois NEW for 2014 (revised 10/14)
List of Peoria County Stores that accept WIC food coupons.
For more information or to make an appointment to see if you qualify for the WIC program, call 309/679-6076 or email us.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800/795-3272 or 202/720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.