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WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

The Will County Health Department WIC Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, health referrals, and breastfeeding support.

About the WIC Program

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.

For FY2019, WIC handled a total of over 25,950 nutrition education appointments, with an average of 6,545 WIC participants receiving benefits each month.

The WIC Program Offers Food Packages and Nutritional Counseling Services

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 weights, 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
  • EBT Card (Electronic Benefit Transfer) to obtain healthy foods such as milk, yogurt, tofu, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans, peanut butter, whole grains, and fruits and vegatables
  • For partially breastfed or non-breastfed infants: infant formula, cereals, and fruits and vegetables
  • Help in finding healthcare and other services in your area

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

WIC Program Eligibility

The WIC service is provided free of charge for eligible participants. The 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 Illinois 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, of SNAP. Nutrition and medical risk eligibility are determined at the time of the WIC appointment.

Call the office in your area listed below for an appointment or for more specific information.

The WIC program is available at our locations in Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Monee, Illinois.

The Wilmington Office is now closed, please call  815-727-8524 for questions or to make an appointment at any of our locations.

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JOLIET

MAIN OFFICE
501 Ella Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433

ph: 815-727-8524

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30AM – 4:15PM
(CLOSED 3rd Friday of each month for meetings)

Wednesday
10:30AM – 6:15PM

Will County Health Department Bolingbrook branch

BOLINGBROOK

NORTHERN BRANCH
323 Quadrangle Dr. Ste. 323
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

ph: 630-679-7010

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30AM – 4:15PM
(CLOSED 3rd Friday of each month for meetings)

Wednesday
10:30AM – 6:15PM

MONEE

EASTERN BRANCH
5601 W. Monee-Manhattan Rd. Ste. 110
Monee, IL 60449

ph: 708-534-5777

Hours

Tuesdays
8:30AM – 4:15PM