The WIC program knows that your family’s health is important. Our goal is to help you and your family thrive by promoting healthy lifestyle choices. WIC benefits are for pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to 5 years old (or the father, guardian or foster parent of an eligible infant or child).
How WIC helps:
WIC helps families by providing:
- Checks to buy healthy supplemental foods from local grocery stores (authorized WIC vendors)
- Nutrition education
- Help finding healthcare and other community services
- Breastfeeding information and support and breast pumps in some cases
To qualify for WIC, you must:
- Be a resident of Idaho
- Meet income guidelines
- Be a woman who is pregnant or has just given birth, or an infant or a child under 5 years old (or the father, guardian or foster parent of an eligible infant or child)
The application for WIC services is available at your local WIC office or is available to print and fill out ahead of time HERE.
What to expect at your WIC appointment:
At the WIC clinic:
- Your eligibility will be determined and you will be asked to show proof of income, identification and address. Proof of pregnancy is required (when applicable)
- You and your children will be weighed and measured
- Your children’s growth and development will be explained to you
- You and your children will receive an iron screening (finger or toe poke)
- You and your children’s diet will be evaluated
- Your medical/nutritional history will be taken
- You and your children will be evaluated for medical/nutritional risk
At your appointment, the WIC staff will check your diet and review your health history. If you are eligible, you will receive nutritional information and counseling, referrals to other services, and vouchers to buy WIC-approved foods at your local grocery store.
What to bring to your WIC appointment:
- Each person who is applying for WIC.
- Identification for you and your children. This can be a birth certificate, crib card for newborns, driver’s license or other legal identification.
- Proof of where you live. This should be current (within the last 30 days) and must show the actual address where you live. Bring a letter, utility bill, driver’s license or rent receipt. A post office box number is not adequate proof.
- Immunization records for your children.
- If your infant or child uses diapers, bring an extra diaper.
- Confirmation of your pregnancy, if you are expecting. Bring a statement from the health care provider showing your baby’s due date.
- Proof of income for your entire household.Bring proof of all money received in your household for the past 30 days. The local agency may choose to use income documentation which covers more than 30 days if this better reflects your household income at the time you are applying for WIC services (includes periods of unemployment such as layoffs, maternity leave or seasonal work). Do not include future income or changes in income that may happen in the future.
Bring a Medical, Quest or Social Security Card if you or your children receive SNAP, Medicaid or Cash Assistance (TANF/TAFI) to help staff determine your eligibility. If you do not have a Social Security card, you can still apply for WIC. A Social Security number is not required for WIC services. These cards may be used to match SNAP and Medicaid records to verify participation in those programs to help establish income eligibility for WIC. Examples of income proof.
Idaho WIC Food List:
View a list of WIC approved foods.
Idaho WIC Food List:
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WIC has 10 locations in Southeastern Idaho
|Aberdeen (208) 397-3764
||American Falls (208) 226-5096
|Arco (208) 527-3463
||Blackfoot (208) 785-2160
|Fort Hall (208) 238-5448
||Malad (208) 766-4764
|Montpelier (208) 847-3000
||Pocatello (208) 239-5263
|Preston (208) 852-0478
||Soda Springs (208) 547-4375