The Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) program is a supplemental food and nutrition effort that provides nutritious foods at no cost to help families stay healthy and strong.
Imperial is one of eight area communities served by WIC.
Program representatives are in Imperial twice each month on the second and third Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church.
WIC foods include cereal, fruit juice, milk, eggs, cheese, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, 100 percent whole wheat breads, brown rice, tortillas, beans, peanut butter, baby food, fruits and vegetables, iron fortified baby cereal and infant formula.
For breastfeeding mothers, canned tuna and canned salmon are also provided.
WIC is federally-funded through the United States Department of Agriculture.
To be eligible for WIC benefits, participants must be a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman; an infant or child under five years of age; live in the state of Nebraska; qualify financially and have a nutritional need. Income guidelines are quite generous. A family of four with a yearly gross income of $44,863 could qualify for WIC benefits. Working families are often eligible.
Residents are automatically eligible if they receive ADC, SNAP (food stamps), Kids Connection or Medicaid benefits. Fathers, guardians, foster parents, migrant workers and homeless are encouraged to apply.
WIC believes breast milk is best for the baby. To assist and support breastfeeding moms, the program now has breastfeeding peer counselors. They are available during the day, evenings and weekends.
People’s Family Health Services Agency operates the WIC clinic in Imperial and other area communities including McCook, Ogallala, North Platte, Curtis, Mullen, Benkelman and Grant.
Participants should make appointments by calling 308-534-1678 or 1-800-395-7336.