WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Overview

WIC, which stands for Women, Infants and Children, is a federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Truman Medical Centers (TMC) WIC is the largest WIC provider in Missouri currently contracted to serve 10,761. TMC WIC helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children learn about nutrition, eating well and staying healthy. TMC WIC provides eligible families with:
  • Quality nutrition education and services
  • Breastfeeding promotion and support
  • A monthly food prescription (package)
  • Access to healthcare services
WIC Program
LOCATIONS:
Lakewood Clinic 816-404-9740
22nd Street Clinic 816-404-0650
Independence Clinic 816-404-6460
Grandview Clinic 816-404-6580
Grain Valley Clinic 816-404-3650
Hawthorne Place 816-257-2335
Operation Breakthrough 816-404-0650
Hope Family Care Clinic 816-404-3658
Children's Mercy Broadway Clinic 816-404-3659
Raytown Family Medical 816-404-6135
All WIC Locations 816-404-4WIC / 816-404-4942


  • Eligibility

    WIC Program You May Be Eligible for WIC If You Are:
    • A woman or teen who is pregnant or has had a baby less than six months ago
    • A woman or teen who is breastfeeding an infant less than one year of age
    • An infant
    • A child up to age five
      AND
    • Have nutritional risk
      AND
    • Meet Missouri WIC Income Guidelines
      OR
    • Are currently participating in SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF and/or Medicaid

    There are a few items you are required to bring with you to verify eligibility. Please have the following proofs when you arrive for your appointment:
    • Picture I.D. of yourself
    • I.D. for your child/children that will be added onto WIC (Shot record OR  birth certificate OR  hospital record)
    • Proof of residency (a utility bill, personal bills, rent, etc. within 30 days)
    • Proof of current income for your entire household
      • Bring all sources for the last 30 days (pay stub, child support, SS benefits, unemployment, letter from employer, etc.)

    For more information or to see if you qualify call 816-404-4WIC/816-404-4942 or complete our online form.

    Missouri WIC Income Guidelines
    April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018
    Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly
    1 22,311 1,860 430
    2 30,044 2,504 578
    3 37,777 3,149 727
    4 45,510 3,793 876
    5 53,243 4,437 1,024
    6 60,976 5,082 1,173
    Each additional family member Plus 7,733 Plus 645 Plus 149

    Pregnant women are counted as two family members. Income guidelines are based on 185% of poverty level. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. #909 (04/17)

    Reglas de Ingresos del Programa de WIC en Missouri
    Abril 1, 2017 - Marzo 31, 2018
    Tamaño De la Familia Anual Mensual Semanal
    1 22,311 1,860 430
    2 30,044 2,504 578
    3 37,777 3,149 727
    4 45,510 3,793 876
    5 53,243 4,437 1,024
    6 60,976 5,082 1,173
    Cada miembro adicional de la familia Más 7,733 Más 645 Más 149

    Cuentan a las mujeres embarazadas como dos miembros de la familia. Las reglas del ingreso se basan el 185% del nivel de pobreza. Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades. #909 (04/17)



     

    The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

     

     

  • Food Packages

    WIC ProgramAll WIC foods are carefully selected because together they provide many of the nutrients that are needed to supplement the diets of women, infants and children.   These foods are low in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol and high in fiber.  Each participant is assessed and a food package is provided based on individual needs and nutrient requirements.  WIC supports Breastfeeding as the preferred method of infant feeding, however if a mother is uncertain WIC nutrition staff is available to discuss other options.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. May I use my WIC checks in another state?
    A. No, Missouri WIC checks can only be used in Missouri.

    Q. What happens if my checks are lost, stolen or damaged?
    A. Notify your WIC office.

    Q. Do I get change back if I don’t use the full amount of my WIC check?
    A. No, the stores are not allowed to give you change back for unspent money on your WIC check.

    Q. Can I change the foods listed on my check?
    A. No, only your WIC office can change your food package. If you have concerns or special needs, be sure to talk to your WIC nutritionist before your checks are printed. They may be able to adjust your food package. Do not write on your checks or alter them yourself.

    Q. Whom do I need to contact if I have questions about WIC foods?
    A. You need to contact your WIC office. 

    Q. Am I required to purchase everything listed on my WIC check?
    A. You are not required to pick up everything listed on your check, however be sure to talk to your WIC Nutritionist about the nutrients that you may be missing. 

     

  • Breastfeeding

    WIC ProgramMore than 75% of new mothers breastfeed for some length of time. TMC WIC supports breastfeeding as the preferred method for infant feeding and encourages all women to breastfeed their infants unless medically contraindicated. Lactation education, encouragement and support are provided to all prenatal and postpartum WIC participants.

    Best for Baby

    • Decreases risk for ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory infections
    • Easier to digest
    • Less allergies
    • Reduces the risk for SIDS
    • Higher IQ
    • Decreases risk for childhood obesity

    For Mom and Family

    • Saves time and money
    • Faster return to pre-pregnancy weight
    • Decreases risk for ovarian and breast cancer
    • Saves on healthcare costs
    • Less time off work for sick babies
    • Creates a strong mother/child bond

    Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program

    A peer counselor is a WIC mom who has valuable breastfeeding experience and a passion for helping other moms experience the joys of breastfeeding. We want every mother to enjoy her breastfeeding experience, and we know that new mothers sometimes need a little help getting started. Peer counselors are available at all clinics to assist you in any way they can.

    
TMC WIC Peer Counselors can help you:

    • Get basic breastfeeding information and support
    • Answer questions you have during pregnancy about what to expect
    • Receive more help from other healthcare professionals when needed
    • Get breast pump rental information to help achieve your breastfeeding goals
    • Build relationships and a support network through weekly support group meetings held at both TMC campuses

    “Nothing can compare to holding your baby, heart to heart, knowing you are supplying their every need with a single embrace.” 


    ~ Jenn, BFPC Lakewood


    Breastfeeding Resources
    TMC WIC Breastfeeding Helpline (M-F, 6am-10pm):  816-404-BFPC / 816-404-2372
    National Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662
    Kansas City Le Leche League:  816-361-0909 

    Breastfeeding Support Groups

    TMC Lakewood 

    Every Thursday at 12:30
    Held in the Boardroom (next to the cafeteria)

    TMC Hospital Hill

    Every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

    Held in the Family Education Center on the 6th Floor


    Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

    For Information regarding Prenatal and Breastfeeding Classes call:

    Hospital Hill @ 816-404-0474

    Lakewood @ 816-404-8260


    Additional Breastfeeding Information

    National Women’s Health Information Center: 
    http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/index.html?from=AtoZ

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
    http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding

    Department of Health and Senior Services: 
    http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/breastfeeding/benefits.php

    Le Leche League International: 
    http://www.llli.org/

    The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine:  

    http://www.bfmed.org/

    American Academy of Family Physicians: 
    http://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-support.html

     

     

  • Nutrition

    WIC ProgramThe TMC WIC Nutrition Professionals (Registered Dietitians or Nutritionists) provide individualized counseling to families, encourage development of healthy eating behaviors and assist with reaching wellness goals. Education and resources on prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding, infant and toddler feeding and the prevention of overweight and obesity are offered to support lifestyle changes.  For additional nutrition activities and education for you and your family, check out the links below.

    12345 FitTastic!
    http://www.fittastic.org

    Fruit and Veggie Color Champions
    http://www.foodchamps.org

    WICHEALTH.ORG - Online Nutrition Education
    https://www.wichealth.org

    WIC Nutrition Education Topics        
    http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wicfamilies/education/index.php

    USDA – My Food Plate for Preschoolers
    
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/preschoolers.html

    WIC Friendly Recipes
    http://www.mealsmatter.org/cookbooks/wicrecipes/wic

    Kids Activities and Games
    http://www.mealsmatter.org/Healthy-Kids/Kids-Games-And-Activities/
  • Healthcare Providers

    WIC ProgramHealthcare providers play a vital role in WIC. We appreciate referrals from healthcare providers and will work cooperatively with you to meet the needs of each individual referred to the TMC WIC program.

    WIC is federally required to obtain medical documentation for participants with a medical condition that requires the use of an exempt infant formula or medical food.  Below is a link to the required Medical Documentation form for Missouri WIC, no other forms of documentation can be accepted.

    To download a DHSS Medical Documentation Form/WIC-27, click here

    For additional information regarding Medical Documentation
    http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/foodpackages/medicaldocumentation.php

  • FAQs

    WIC ProgramDo you have a listing of other community resources available to me?
    Yes, there are many resources available to you and your family.  All participants receive a Community Resource list at their first appointment or you can click here to view.

    I'm moving but still in Missouri, what do I need to do?
    If you are still in Missouri and in the area you can continue to receive services at any of our TMC WIC locations regardless of where you are located.  If you are moving out of the area, you can find a clinic closest to you by going to the map/clinic locator on the State webpage.  Please let your WIC staff know.

    I’m moving out of State, what do I need to do?
    At your last WIC visit it is important to inform WIC Staff that you are moving.  They will give you paperwork needed for your next appointment at your new location to help with a smooth transition of WIC services.  WIC services may be delayed without getting this information before moving.

    Do I have to have a scheduled appointment?
    In order for us to provide the best service to you and all of our participants we do ask that you schedule an appointment.  If you have additional questions, call the clinic you have scheduled your appointment with or 816-404-4WIC / 816-404-4942.

    Where can I go for additional information about WIC?
    For information about Missouri WIC visit— www.health.mo.gov/living/families/wic
    For information about WIC nationally visit— www.fns.usda.gov/wic

    For more information or to see if you qualify call 816-404-4WIC/816-404-4942 or complete the short form below.
  • Locations

    WIC Program Lakewood
    7900 Lee’s Summit Rd
    Kansas City, MO 64139
    (816) 404-9740
    Fax (816) 404-9747
    8:00-4:30 M-F

    22nd Street
    520 E. 22nd Street
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    (816) 404-0650
    Fax (816) 404-0657
    8:00-4:30 M-F

    Independence
    529 E. 24 Highway
    Independence, MO 64050
    (816) 404-6460
    Fax (816) 404-6467
    8:00-4:30 M-F

    Grandview
    11902 Blue Ridge Blvd

    Grandview, MO 64030
    (816) 404-6580
    Fax (816) 404-6583
    8:00-4:30 M-F

    Grain Valley
    1439 S. Minter Way
    Grain Valley, MO 64029
    (816) 404-3650
    Fax (816) 847-6833
    8:00-4:30 M-F

    Children’s Mercy Broadway
    3101 Broadway St, 7th Floor
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    816-404-3659
    8:00-4:30 Tue/Thur

    Hawthorne Place
    16995 Dover Lane
    Independence, MO 64056
    816-404-6460
    8:00-4:30 2nd and 4th Tuesday

    Operation Breakthrough
    3039 Troost
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    816-404-0650
    2:00-5:30 Wednesday

    Hope Family Care
    3027 Prospect Ave
    Kansas City, MO 64128
    816-404-3658
    9:30-5:30 Wednesday

    Raytown Family Medical
    9406 E 63rd St
    Raytown, MO 64133
    816-404-6135
    8:00-4:30 Monday