The Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, health screenings and referrals, and financial support for healthy foods. We serve pregnant, new, post-partum and breastfeeding moms as well as their children until they turn five-years-old. While WIC is funded by the US Department of Agriculture it is administered at a state level.
The Lincoln County WIC office operates within the LCHD office in Davenport. Enrollment in the program requires an eligibility assessment to ensure we have everything needed to provide services. Appointments are available Tuesday through Thursday from 8 am to 4pm, as well as the fourth Friday of the month. Appointments outside of this time can be arranged by calling Ronda Caddell, RN.
WIC program eligibility is determined by income and household size. More families are eligible than they realize, as being employed does NOT make you ineligible. Families who receive Medicaid, TANF or SNAP, are most likely eligible, but other families not using these services can be eligible too.
The program provides services for mothers from pregnancy to birth of the child but can extend to the baby’s first birthday if they breastfeed. Once the child is born, the child is then eligible until they turn five. Some under-utilized options include:
- Foster Children: Foster children under the age of five as well as foster pregnant teens are eligible for WIC.
- Grandparent Caregivers: Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren under the age of five can enroll their grandchildren in WIC.
- Fathers: Father who provide the primary care of their children under five can enroll their child in WIC.
- Non-Biological Caregivers: If you are raising a child who is under five, you can likely enroll the child in WIC.
These are not the only situations where eligibility still applies. If you believe you might be eligible, call the Lincoln County WIC office and we’ll be happy to discuss your situation to see if WIC is right for you.
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