WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)
Did You Know:
- WIC reduces fetal deaths and infant mortality.
- WIC reduces low birth weight rates and increases the duration of pregnancy.
- WIC improves the growth of nutritionally at-risk infants and children.
- WIC decreases the incidence of iron deficiency anemia in children.
- WIC improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women and improves weight gain in pregnant women.
- Pregnant women participating in WIC receive prenatal care earlier.
- Children enrolled in WIC are more likely to have a regular source of medical care and have more up to date immunizations.
- WIC helps get children ready to start school: children who receive WIC benefits demonstrate improved intellectual development.
- WIC significantly improves children's diets.
Nutrition and Health Education:
WIC participants receive nutrition and health education tailored to their needs. Participants may take part in one-on-one counseling or participate in small classes.
How does it work?
WIC benefits are issued to WIC participants for the purchase of specific foods at WIC authorized local grocery stores. The Nebraska WIC program provides foods high in protein, vitamin c and iron. These nutrients help prevent anemia, increase the birth weight of infants and provide a maximum potential for their mental and physical development. WIC benefits can be issued one, two or three months.
The program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Funds are made available to the Nebraska Health & Human Services System which contracts with local agencies, like Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership , to operate the program.
List of Locations:
Click Here to access the monthly WIC Clinic Calendar for the following locations: Neligh, Oakland, Tekamah, Hartington, West Point, Wisner, Wakefield, Ponca, Creighton, Plainview, Pender, Wahoo, Blair, Wayne
Click the links below for the 2021 NENCAP WIC & Immunization Clinics by County:
To make an appointment for any of these clinics (except Ponca or Wahoo) call 1-877-529-2207 (toll free) or (402) 385-6300 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday.
We also have clinics in Fremont, Norfolk and South Sioux City.
To make an appointment in Fremont or Wahoo please call (402) 727-0608, Monday through Friday 8:00-4:30.
To make an appointment in Norfolk please call (402) 844-4422, Monday through Friday 8:00-4:30.
To make an appointment in South Sioux City or Ponca please call (402) 494-1429, Monday through Friday 8-4:30 pm.
Eligibility & Application:
Those persons qualifying for participation in the Nebraska WIC Program must meet the following criteria established by the Department of Health and USDA:
- Have an income which meets income guidelines of the program . You are automatically income eligible for WIC if you currently receive ADC, SNAP, CHIP or Medicaid.
- Be a resident of the State of Nebraska.
- Be determined by a qualified nutritionist and/or nurse, through a health & diet assessment, to be at a nutritional risk. Risk factors include anemia, high risk pregnancy, abnormal growth or poor dietary intakes. Infants and breastfeeding mothers are certified for one year after baby is born, pregnant women are certified for the duration of their pregnancy.
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These income guidelines are 185% of the Office of Management and Budget’s income guidelines (same as for reduced price school meals), in accordance with Sec. 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1996 and Federal Regulation 246.7 (d).
Homeless Facilities are assessed annually and must comply with the following WIC conditions:
- The facility does not accrue financial or in-kind benefit from a person’s participation in WIC
- Foods provided by the WIC program are not mixed into the communal food service but are available exclusively to the WIC client for whom they were issued.
- The facility places no constraints on the ability of the client to partake of the WIC foods and education under the program.
Click Here to access the WIC website for even more information. In accordance with federal law and U. S. Department of Agricultural 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 to the USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication and Compliance, 1400 Independence Ave S.W., Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (202) 260-1026 (local). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.