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Community Health Center:
(815) 727-8670

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WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) provides assistance from nutritionists and

nurses for mothers, from their pregnancy to the child’s fifth birthday. The Breastfeeding Peer program offers

instruction and support from those who have participated in WIC and breastfed their babies. For FY2017 WIC

handled a total of over 33,000 nutrition education appointments for 8,000 different clients.

 

Program Eligibility

Categories of participants that are eligible for WIC include:

-Infants
-Children under age five
-Pregnant women (up to 6 weeks after delivery)
-Postpartum women (up to 6 months after delivery)
-Breastfeeding women (up to 1 year after delivery)

 

Applicants must live in Will County and meet income requirements that are set by the Federal

Government.  Certain applicants are eligible based on their participation in other programs such as

Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Food Stamp eligibility.  Nutrition and medical risk

eligibility are determined at the time of the WIC appointment.  Call the office in your area for an

appointment or for more specific information. This service is provided free of charge for eligible

participants

Service Hours

Joliet

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  8:30AM – 4:15PM

Wednesday  10:30AM – 6:15PM

Bolingbrook

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  8:30AM – 4:15PM

Wednesday  10:30AM – 6:15PM

Monee

Tuesday  8:30AM – 4:15PM

Wilmington

Call the Joliet office for more information or to make an appointment: 815-727-8524.

 


WIC Program Offers Food Packages and Nutritional Counseling

Services Provided by the WIC Program

WIC is often the entry point into the health care system for WIC participants. Recent studies have shown that WIC participation reduces fetal deaths, infant deaths, low birth weight, and iron deficiency anemia. It also helps to increase immunization rates of children.

The WIC program is successful in improving the diet and protecting the health of participants. WIC foods help parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. WIC foods are high in protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A or vitamin C. Different food packages are provided for different categories of participants.

WIC provides:

  • Important information about healthy eating and good nutrition
  • Information about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support
  • Special vouchers to buy healthy foods – like milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans, peanut butter, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables
  • For partially breastfed or non-breastfed infants, vouchers for infant formula
  • Vouchers for infant cereals and baby food jars of fruits and vegetables
  • Help in finding healthcare and other services in your area

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program

The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program is a service available within the WIC Program which will help each woman find success with her individual breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are women who are active WIC participants and have experienced success with breastfeeding. Each Peer Counselor is required to complete 20 hours of coursework designed to equip them with skills to mentor each new mother as she begins and moves through her unique breastfeeding journey. Peer Counselors provide information to assist pregnant women in navigating around barriers to choosing breastfeeding as a feeding method for their baby. The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor will meet with new mothers during working hours at the WIC clinic and is available outside normal working hours by phone and text, to guide and support new mothers with the help of their own experience, and refer to higher level care if a challenge is beyond the Peer Counselor’s scope of practice.