Women, Infant & Children Supplemental Nutrition Program
WIC is an acronym for Women, Infants and Children. This valuable program provides:
- Nutrition screening, education and counseling to improve eating behaviors and reduce or eliminate nutrition problems
- Access to preventive health programs and referrals to private and public health providers
- Benefits to purchase healthy foods at supermarkets across Montana
- Breastfeeding support and counseling
- Free breast pumps
- Benefits for fresh fruits and vegetables at seasonal farmers markets
- Referrals for dental screening
- Referrals to other local health and social services
Who Is Eligible?
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women (baby under 1 year old)
- Women with a baby less than 6 months old
- Infants and children up to 5 years old
- Women whose pregnancy ended early
Participation in WIC will NOT reduce benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. You don't have to be enrolled in these or other programs to participate in WIC.
How Do I Qualify?
You must meet state income guidelines, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. If your clients receive Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF benefits they automatically qualify for WIC benefits.
If you are unsure if your family meets the income criteria check out the WIC Prescreening Tool.
What Should I Bring to My Appointment?
Immunization Records: Please bring your child's immunization/shot records to your appointment so we can verify that vaccinations are up to date. This is not a requirement for WIC eligibility, but we highly encourage it.
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Proof of Residence (examples)
Proof of Identity for Child (examples)
Proof of Household Income for Everyone in Your Household (examples)
2022 Farmers Market Nutrition Program Benefits
Lewis and Clark County WIC will be participating in this year's WIC Farmers Market starting July 9th, 2022 until all vouchers are issued. Families have the Farmers Market season to spend the Farmers’ Market benefits, until Saturday, September 24, 2022. This is first come, first serve, as we only have certain amount of vouchers to issue. Individuals aged 4 months and older who are eligible and current on their WIC benefits can receive WIC Farmers Market vouchers of $30.00 to use for local fresh fruits and vegetables. The Farmer’s Market benefits are only issued for the Farmers Market season and not every month. Our WIC office will begin the season on Saturday, July 9th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Helena’s Farmers Market at Women’s Park, and will continue to issue benefits on most Farmer Market days in Helena and East Helena.
Please check out our Poster and FAQs for more information. If you have questions please give us a call during open business hours or email us.
LCPH’s WIC program provides nearly 800 local parents and caregivers and their kids with healthy food, nutrition education, and more, to income-eligible parents and caregivers of infants and children up to 5 years old. Many people don’t realize they are eligible! To find out more, please call our WIC program at 406-457-8912.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to the USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).
Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 945-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider.