Information about the Stickney Township Public Health Department WIC Program

The WIC program is a special supplementary food and nutrition program sponsored by the USDA. WIC provides nutrition and breastfeeding education, along with nutritious foods and referrals. WIC services pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children (until 5 years of age). Additional information may be obtained at www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-eligibility-requirements.

The Stickney PHD WIC Program welcomes participants who meet the following criteria:

Be an Illinois resident

Be a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman

Be an infant or child through 5 years of age

Meet income guidelines

Have a medical or nutritional need

If you are interested in finding out more about the WIC Program or would like to make an appointment, please contact us at (708) 424-9200 x2158 wic@stickneypublichealthdistrict.org

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at my WIC appointment?

You will be seen by the WIC Intake Staff who will verify all of your information and explain WIC to you. Next, you will be seen by the WIC CMA, who will take your height, weight, and hemoglobin finger stick (if required). The WIC Nutritionist will assess for health and /or nutrition risk factors provide nutrition information and make referrals. Food benefits are prescribed, downloaded, and explained.

What kind of nutritious foods will WIC provide?

WIC Food Packages vary depending on category (Pregnant, Breastfeeding, Postpartum, Infant and Child). Food packages may include:

Milk
Cheese
Yogurt
Tofu
Eggs
100% unsweetened juice
Cereal
Canned tuna or pink salmon
Whole grain choices of: whole wheat bread & buns, whole wheat pasta, soft corn tortillas, whole wheat tortillas, brown rice, bulgur or oatmeal
Vouchers for fresh, canned, or frozen fruits and vegetables
Peanut butter
Dried peas, beans or lentils
Infant formula
Medically prescribed formula
Infant cereal
Baby food jars of fruit and vegetables

Can I still work and be on the WIC Program?

Yes.  The WIC Program follows the 185% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.

Can I be receiving LINK (food stamps) and WIC at the same time?

Yes.  Your LINK Card is not reduced because you are participating in the WIC Program.

How do I get in touch with the WIC Program?

If you are interested in finding more out about the WIC Program or would like to make an appointment, please contact us at:  708-424-9200 x2158 or wic@stickneypublichealthdistrict.org

WIC logo
WIC Participants:  Interested in doing your nutrition education requirement online?  Visit www.wichealth.org (available in English and Spanish).  Wichealth.org has great information and can be done at your convenience.  Completed certificates can be printed and brought into the WIC office or emailed to: wic@stickneypublichealthdistrict.org.

WIC EBT Card

 

Welcome to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program!

Attention WIC Participants!

Check out the WIC Food Centers to redeem your WIC Benefits for food and formula! Please call the WIC Food Center for formula inventory BEFORE heading over. Click here to download a list of locations and phone numbers.

Or, check out their website at: https://www.wicgrocery.org/locations

Updated WIC Food List

Attention WIC Participants! The WIC Food List has recently been updated. Please review before redeeming benefits. As a reminder, please use the BNFT app scanner. If you have any questions, please contact us at 708-237-8958.

WIC Food List in English Download a printable version of this flyer in English

4870 WIC Food List in SpanishDescargue una versión imprimible de este volante en español.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

  View the full non-discrimination statement in English.

 Ver la declaración completa de no discriminación en español.

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors:

Breastfeeding counselor Stephanie with her children

Meet Stephanie, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Hello! I’m Stephanie and I’m one of the breastfeeding peer counselors. I am currently breastfeeding my 10 month old daughter and pumping breastmilk for my son! As a mom of 2, each of my breastfeeding experiences were very different. My goal is to provide breastmilk to my children for as long as possible. I’d love to support your feeding goals, maybe there is something you have heard about breastfeeding, feel free to ask any questions! I will be happy to share my experience with you and I would love to hear from you and support you during yours.

For breastfeeding support and information or any questions please contact our WIC Office @ 708-424-9200 x2158.


Breastfeeding counselor Nicole with her Children

Meet Nicole, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Hello all! Some of you may already know me, but if not, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Nicole, one of the Breastfeeding Peer Counselors here at Stickney WIC. I’m here to talk with you about your breastfeeding goals. As a mother of 3, I’ve been there for those long days/nights of breastfeeding.

With my first child, I didn’t know a thing about breastfeeding. Google was my friend and I did, what I believe, was the right way of breastfeeding. I breastfed my oldest for 4 months. By the time my second child was born, I was enrolled in a class to become a counselor. I had learned a lot!

Around that time, I was working 3 jobs, and both breastfeeding and pumping. It was a challenge for sure! I ended up breastfeeding my son for 14 months! When I was pregnant with my third, I was determined to go much longer. However, around our 7 month journey into breastfeeding, I ended up with mastitis. Something I would NEVER wish on my worst enemy. My daughter had stopped latching and I began pumping.

By the time we had gotten to our 9 month mark of breastfeeding, my body was starting to “quit” on me. Production had gone down a lot, and I felt like I was forcing my body, willing it to make more milk. I had ended my journey, both sad that I wasn’t ready, yet happy because I had made it this far. It’s not an easy feat for sure. So I’ve been there, done that. You have questions, and I have some answers. So please stop in and ask us questions!

For breastfeeding support and information or any questions please contact our WIC Office @ 708-424-9200 x2158.