WIC is a supplemental nutrition food program for infants, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. WIC helps families by providing healthy foods, nutrition education and referrals to other health care agencies.
- WIC helps you and your family stay healthy with free food, nutrition education, and family-friendly recipes. Our nutrition education covers topics such as healthy eating, pregnancy, and breastfeeding so that you’ll be ready to give your baby a healthy start.
- Healthy mothers are the beginning of healthy families. You’ve got this and we’re here to help!
- WIC supports you as you manage your baby’s changing needs and get your family off to a healthy start. You can get healthy breastfeeding information, safe feeding tips, breastfeeding support from an IBCLC, and counseling. You can feel confident in moving from breastfeeding to feeding your baby solids; discover new ways to comfort your baby when he cries; learn about safe sleep for your baby; and get tips on how to keep your baby active.
- With WIC, you’ll be ready when the baby arrives and prepared to manage your baby’s health as he grows!
- Many people know WIC as a place to support their growing family, a place where they can get healthy food. But benefits do not end after your baby’s first year of life!
- WIC supports you and your family until your children reach their fifth birthday so your family continues to eat well and thrive. Be sure to continue with WIC so you can take advantage of the food, education, and support we offer.
Benefits for Families
- An eWIC card to buy foods that help keep you healthy
- Nutrition and health information
- Ideas for getting your family to eat healthy
- Breastfeeding information and support
- Referrals to other programs
The WIC foods offer a variety of healthy choices. Your clinic will issue you an eWIC card that can be used at participating stores in Nebraska.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Whole grain bread, brown rice, and tortillas
- Beans or peanut butter
- Iron fortified cereals
- Milk, cheese, and eggs
- Baby food fruits and vegetables
- Infant formula
How to Participate
What are the income limits?
- All applicants to the Nebraska WIC Program must meet income guidelines for participation in the program.
- Income guidelines (same as for reduced priced school meals).
Who is eligible for WIC?
- Pregnant Women
- Breastfeeding Women – up to the infant’s first birthday
- Newly Delivered Mothers – up to six months postpartum
- Children – up to age 5
- Foster Infants and Children – birth to age 5
- Fathers, guardians or foster parents may apply for WIC for their children
Those person qualifying for participation in the Nebraska WIC Program must meet the following criteria established by the Department of Health and USDA:
- Live in Nebraska
- Your gross household income is less than or equal to the income guidelines listed
- You are automatically eligible for WIC if you currently receive ADC, SNAP (food stamps), Kids Connection or Medicaid
- Be determined by a qualified nutritionist or nurse, through a health & diet assessment, to be at a nutritional risk. Risk factors examples include anemia, high risk pregnancy, abnormal growth, or poor dietary intake. Infants and breast feeding mothers are certified for one year after baby is born, pregnant women are certified for the duration of their pregnancy.
Where do I shop?
- Shop only at Nebraska WIC approved stores. Nebraska WIC approved stores will display a sign that says “WIC Shop Here” on the front door. Your local WIC Agency will have a list of WIC Approved Stores. You may use your eWIC card at any Nebraska WIC approved stores in Nebraska.
- Watch for this label on the grocery shelves to help identify the foods that are WIC eligible.
Apply for WIC
To make an appointment for any of these clinics call 308-534-1678 between the hours of 7:30AM and 6:00PM Monday – Thursday.
Bring to your appointment
- You and your children who are applying for WIC
- Photo identifcation for parent/guardian
- Child’s birth certificate or social security card
- Foster care papers for foster children
- Proof of address (Mail with your name and street address received within the last 30 days, Current utility or cable bill)
- Proof of before tax (gross) income for everyone living in the home
- Pay stubs or Medicaid card or Kids Connection card