Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
The program is excited to help families live healthy lifestyles!
WIC is a nutrition program for low-income women who are pregnant, recently had a baby, or are breastfeeding, and for children up to age five. WIC helps children when they are growing the most and can help families develop life long health habits.
- Nutritious foods
- Nutrition education
- Breastfeeding help
- Referrals to other community agencies
Fees and EligibilityThere are no fees. You are eligible to receive WIC services if you
- Are a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman, infant or child under 5 years old
- Have a family income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level
- Have a nutritional need (determined at the first WIC appointment)
Learn more about this new service (pdf)
Contact UsPhone: 815-748-2402
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q) What foods does WIC provide?
- Women and children may receive milk, cheese, eggs, juice, whole grains cereals, dry peas/beans or peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a whole grain option (whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, soft corn tortillas).
- Breastfeeding women may also receive tuna fish, pink salmon, as well as extra cheese, juice, beans & peanut butter.
- Newborns that are not breastfeeding receive formula.
- Starting at 6 months of age, infants receive infant cereal and infant baby food.
- Q) What kinds of breastfeeding assitance do you provide?
- WIC has certified lactation counselors on staff that are available M-F as needed
- WIC has a dedicated place to breastfeed your infant and get the assistance needed
- WIC can assist you on getting your own breast pump
- Q) What do I need to bring to an appointment?
A) Bring the following to your first WIC appointment. When you call for your appointment, WIC staff will explain further.
- Proof of income such as a Medicaid card, two (2) pay stubs within the last 30 days for each employed family member, or a letter from your employer with your monthly income.
- Proof of identity such as a WIC ID card, current driver’s license, or state ID.
- Proof of identity for children can be a birth certificate, hospital ID bracelet, or Medicaid card.
- Proof of residency such as mail postmarked in the last 60 days, a Medicaid card, or a utility bill.
- Q) How long will my appointment take?
A) Appointment times vary. Please allow 1 - 2 hours depending on family size. You may bring a beverage and snack from home.
- Q) What will happen at my appointment?
A: After reviewing your health, medical, and nutrition history, a nutritionist or public health nurse will share health and nutrition information and answer your questions. You will receive up to 3 months of food coupons.
- Q) Where can I use my WIC coupons?
A) You will get a list of grocery stores that take coupons and a WIC food list.
- Q) What if I lose my WIC coupons?
A) WIC cannot replace lost or stolen coupons.
- Q) When can my baby start solids?
A) WIC follows the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines, which recommend babies start solid foods at 6 months.
- Q) Are diapers offered through WIC?
A) Diapers are not offered, but we can refer you to other resources.
- Q) Can I get WIC and food stamps (SNAP)?
A) Yes, you can apply for both. You can apply for WIC at the DeKalb County Health Department and SNAP at the local Department of Human Services office.
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Child and Family Connections (pdf)
Children's Home and Aid
Community Coordinated Child Care
DeKalb County Housing
DeKalb County Voluntary Action Center
Illinois Health Connect
Illinois Worknet Center
March of Dimes
Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois