WIC & Breast Feeding Support

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – better known as the WIC Program – serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.

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You can find the USDA’s fact sheet on WIC HERE.

Eligibility Guidelines

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Illinois; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk. You can complete a short pre-screening tool by clicking HERE to determine whether or not you are potentially eligible for WIC benefits.

WIC Breastfeeding Support

The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program is intended to improve breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, reduce infant mortality, long term health benefits of women, infants and children, and to reduce the incidence of obesity in childhood and later life.

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The program provides specialized breastfeeding education, encouragement and support to pregnant and breastfeeding women.  Peer counselors do on-site counseling and education, home visits, telephone consultations, hospital visits, and lead support groups. Peer counselors also assist participants with breast pump use and provide outreach to hospitals and physicians on breastfeeding services offered.

For questions regarding WIC benefits and peer support for breastfeeding, give us a call at 815-844-7174 x222.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our WIC operations are being conducted differently at this time. We are currently facilitating supply pick-up via drive-thru at the LCHD (310 E Torrance Ave, Pontiac, IL) by appointment only. WIC clients will be seen by appointment only and must wear a face mask at all times while in the building. In order to maintain social distancing, access to the building will be limited to only those who have an appointment. Clients must stay in their vehicles until they are called to enter the building. Please know that while our doors may be closed to the public at this time, our staff is still working hard our WIC clients.

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USDA Non-Discrimination Statement 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)       mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)       email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.