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WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)


Special Supplemental Nutrition Program

For Women, Infants, and Children


WIC helps supply nutritious foods so that pregnant women, new moms and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC helps children reach their full growth potential and WIC children enter school ready to learn and show better cognitive performance.

Annual News Release: The New Madrid County Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2024 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. 


The Missouri WIC program provides supplemental food, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to eligible pregnant women, new mothers, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five (5). Fathers, grandparents, guardians, and foster parents may also apply for benefits for the children living in their household.

To be eligible, you must live in Missouri and meet the following guidelines:
Qualified applicants:

- Pregnant women
- Women breastfeeding an infant up to the infant’s first birthday
- Postpartum women up to six (6) months after delivery or end of pregnancy
- Infants up to their 1st birthday
- Children until their 5th birthday

Income: Household income may be no more than 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines. Families that qualify for supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) or temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) automatically qualify. Individuals who meet income and category guidelines will have a nutrition and health assessment during the certification process.

Missouri WIC Income Guidelines

1 $27,861  $2,322  $1,161 $1,072  $536
2 $37,814 $3,152 $1,576 $1,455 $728
3 $47,767 $3,981 $1,991 $1,838 $919
4 $57,720 $4,810 $2,405 $2,220 $1,110
5 $67,673 $5,640 $2,820 $2,603 $1,302
6 $77,626 $6,469 $3,235 $2,986 $1,493
7 $87,579 $7,299 $3,650 $3,369 $1,685
8 $97,532 $8,128 $4,064 $3,752 $1,876
9 $107,485 $8,958 $4,479 $4,135 $2,068
10 $117,438 $9,787 $4,894 $4,517 $2,259
11 $127,391 $10,616 $5,308 $4,900 $2,450
12 $137,344 $11,446 $5,723 $5,283 $2,642
13 $147,297 $12,275 $6,138 $5,666 $2,833
14 $157,250 $13,105 $6,553 $6,049 $3,025
15 $167,203 $13,934 $6,967 $6,431 $3,216
16 $177,156 $14,763 $7,382 $6,814 $3,407
Each additional family member  Plus $9,953 Plus $830 Plus $415 Plus $383 Plus $192

Income guidelines are based on 185% of poverty level. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. #909 (05/24) 


Nutrition Education

WIC participants are required to receive nutrition education at least once between every certification and mid-certification. During every visit, you will have the opportunity to receive education and counseling on good nutrition, healthy eating, breastfeeding, and any special health concerns your family might have. 

Breastfeeding Support

Our Health Department encourages families to breastfeed by providing education, counseling, and support for mothers.

Breast Pumps available upon request.


WIC refers clients to a variety of health and social service agencies and programs. Examples include: MO Health Net, Food Stamps, Prenatal care, Medical and Dental services, Family Planning, Immunizations, Head Start, Food assistance programs.

Supplemental Nutritious Foods

WIC provides foods that promote healthy choices to meet your child's and your nutritional needs. Food provided by WIC are meant to supplement your diet and won't provide all nutritional requirements. Talk with your WIC Nutritionist about ideas to keep your family healthy. 

Contact WIC

Call the New Madrid County Health Department or WIC at 573-748-5581 or 573-521-7819 to schedule an appointment. Office hours are 8:00 – 4:30 Monday – Friday except when WIC is at a scheduled satellite clinic.

Satellite clinics are held once monthly at the following locations

  • Matthews
  •  Morehouse
  • Portageville
  • Gideon
  • Risco (every other month)
  • Parma

    Applicants must bring the following to the certification appointment:

    •        Proof of identity for women – bring a driver’s license, work/school ID card, military card, passport, social security card, birth certificate or voter's registration card
    •        Proof of identity for child/infant – bring shot record or birth certificate for 2 months and older. Bring a crib card or shot record from the hospital for infants younger than 2 months.
    •        Proof of residency – bring the most recent utility bill, monthly rent/mortgage payment, or reliable third party piece of mail that has your name and current address on it.
    •        Proof of income – bring the most recent employment/unemployment pay stubs for a month, DFS benefits award letter, social security/SSI letter, or child support/alimony letter. If self-employed bring a copy of your federal tax form.

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    Updated 10.2023