The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, remains in operation in Missouri. St. Joseph WIC continues to support current participants and to enroll new participants who may now be income-eligible due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Joseph WIC is serving by appointment only, by phone, WIC benefits are mailed by the health department.
WIC participants may now choose from expanded options in a variety of food categories to help address WIC product shortages that have occurred because of food distribution issues. The WIC state agency will decrease the maximum quantity printed on checks to allow WIC customers to purchase smaller quantities of food items from multiple retailers for up to the full amount of their food prescription. Per WIC requirements, retailers must allow WIC participants to purchase the full amount of items on their check, if available in the store, and should not be held to quantity limitations. WIC participants may also inquire about the possibility of ordering formula from an authorized pharmacy for later pick-up within the same month if formula is not available in their immediate area. Additional updates may be found on the state site.
Purpose of WIC
Women, infants, and children (WIC) is a nutrition program that helps mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy. WIC services include nutrition and health education, checks to supplement healthy food purchases for mothers and their children, personal counseling about nutrition, a breastfeeding peer counselor program, and referrals to other health programs for families.
Our program provides nutrition education through one-on-one counseling, websites, and nutrition classes.
Our WIC agency is a breastfeeding friendly clinic that offers a breastfeeding peer counselor, hospital visitation program, and breastfeeding classes. Our staff provides breastfeeding education and support for our expecting or nursing mothers. We are here to help develop a successful breastfeeding relationship between you and your infant. Contact a peer counselor at 816-271-4880.
Who Can Participate in WIC
- Children under 5 years of age
- Infants under 12 months of age
- Pregnant women
- Women who are breastfeeding
- Women whose pregnancy recently ended
WIC Eligibility Criteria
- Must live, work, or receive medical care in Missouri
- Participants do not have to be a Buchanan County resident to receive WIC services from our agency
- Must meet current income guidelines
Call for an Appointment
In order to accommodate the expanding needs of the community, visits are held by appointment. At this time, all appointments are by phone. For a period of time, the health department will discontinue walk-in service. "Walk-in’s" will be directed to call for an appointment, which may be scheduled immediately depending on availability. This policy reduces the number of people gathering in the waiting room. Call 816-271-4723 to set an appointment. Please leave a voicemail message and your call will be returned if it is not answered immediately. Services are provided Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.to Noon, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The third Thursday of every month, WIC is closed for staff meeting from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Interpreting services are available. Please request when scheduling appointment.
WIC in our Community
The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a state-wide initiative to increase the number of businesses providing employees with breastfeeding support services. This program is part of a nation-wide campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to encourage women to breastfeed their infants for a longer duration after they return to work. Women who breastfeed and return to work don’t require much, but they do need a supportive work environment. Resources and information are available by contacting the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program at 816-271-4880.
Learn more about WIC and how agencies around the state help families learn about nutrition and make the most of their food budget with guidance from this unique program.
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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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 Intake.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider