Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program
What is WIC?
The WIC Program provides healthy foods and nutrition education to individuals that qualify. To qualify for WIC, persons must be nutritionally at-risk and meet income guidelines.
Nutritional risk includes the following:
- Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends)
- Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday)
- Non-breasfeeding post partum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends)
- Infants (up to first birthday)
- Children up to their 5th birthday
- WIC benefits are issued through the eWIC Card redeemable for qualifying foods at many grocery stores
- Nutrition education and counseling
- Screening and referrals to other health and social services
What You Need to Do
Appointments are rquired for the WIC Program . Proof of residence and proof of income is required. Call the health department for additional information about the program or income guidelines (859-873-4541).
Farmers Market Program (FMNP)
The FMNP is administered through a Federal/State partnership in which the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides cash grants to State agencies. Eligible WIC participants are issued FMNP coupons in addition to their regular WIC food instruments. These coupons can be used to buy fresh, unprepared fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers, farmers’ markets or roadside stands that have been approved by the State agency to accept FMNP coupons.