WIC: Women, Infants and Children

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. 

Nutrition education is the cornerstone of this public health program. WIC is designed to improve health for women and young children, and help families make positive nutrition and health decisions for a lifetime. 

Hennepin County WIC helps families put more fresh and healthy food on the table. You might qualify, too. 

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Apply

For more information or to make an appointment at a WIC site near you, just call 612-348-6100 or email wic@hennepin.us. Help is available in any language.

The program is available to:

Pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children until they turn 5 years old.

Families who meet income requirements. For example, a family of four earning as much as $65,000 a year would qualify.

Check to see if you qualify

Find a location

Make an appointment Monday through Friday at nine regional sites throughout Hennepin County.

Call 612-348-6100 for hours and appointment times.

Minneapolis

South Minneapolis

1600 East Lake Street | Map

  • Monday—Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center

1313 Penn Avenue North Minneapolis | Map

  • Monday, Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, opening varies: Week 1, 10:30 a.m.; Week 2 and 3, 8 a.m.; Week 4, 9:30. Closing at 5:45.

Health Services Building

525 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis | Map

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Northern suburbs

Brooklyn Center 

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway | Map

  • Monday, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Champlin Community Center

12450 Gettysburg Avenue North | Map

  • Second and fourth Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Western suburbs

Wells Fargo Building

1011 1st Street South, Hopkins  | Map

  • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

1605 County Road 101 North, Plymouth | Map

  • Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

WeCAN

5213 Shoreline Drive, Mound | Map

  • Third Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Southern suburbs

Eden Prairie Human Services and Public Health Center

479 Prairie Center Drive | Map

  • Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other locations

If you live in Bloomington, Edina or Richfield, call 952-563-8993 to schedule an appointment with the Bloomington Health Department WIC Program.

Learn about foods and services

Families need the right foods to grow healthy children. WIC can help you get more of the best foods to feed your family, at the grocery store and many neighborhood farmers’ markets.

Your grocery list

You can use WIC vouchers to purchase more nutritious foods for your family. Specific brands or package sizes may apply. Examples include:  

  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter
  • Beans
  • Cereal
  • Eggs
  • Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese
  • Whole grains
  • Baby Foods
  • Learn more:

Find a participating grocery store

Your children’s health

WIC nutritionists will check your children to make sure they are developing and growing as best they can. They also can offer personalized nutrition tips, based on your family’s needs.

Your connections

WIC can link you to additional resources, through Hennepin County and community organizations, to help keep your family healthy and safe.

Learn more

The Food Group

Fare For All

Food assistance

Child and Teen Checkups

Health care assistance

Join a breastfeeding community

Breastfeeding is the best challenge you’ll ever face. You can do it, with help and support. WIC offers personal connections that can help you succeed in giving your baby the best nutrition available.

Our staff

All of the WIC staff members have training to answer basic breastfeeding questions. Staff lactation counselors can encourage and coach you for breastfeeding success.

WIC offers other programs to help support your breastfeeding

Peer counselor

You will be paired with a counselor, a fellow mom who has breastfed her own children. She will be available 24-7 to answer your questions and offer guidance from her own experience.

Baby Talk

You can drop in for these scheduled events to talk with trained peer counselors about a variety of issues around being a new mom. Those could include your baby’s sleep cycles, whether your baby is getting enough to eat, the challenges of going back to work, and more. You will receive vital encouragement and the chance to connect with other women who face the same challenges as you face.

Baby Talk schedule, summer 2015

  • Mondays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Brooklyn Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
  • Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. NorthPoint, 1313 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis
  • Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., South Minneapolis, 1600 East Lake Street

Find a farmer's market in Hennepin County

These farmers' markets accept WIC vouchers as payment for fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Sunday

Minneapolis

  • Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, 312 East Lyndale Avenue North, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Farmers’ Market Annex, 200 East Lyndale Avenue North, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Neighborhood Roots, 4310 Nicollet Avenue South, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday 

Minneapolis

  • Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, 312 East Lyndale Avenue North, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday

Minneapolis

  • Midtown Farmers’ Market, 2225 East Lake Street, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, 312 East Lyndale Avenue North, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday

Brooklyn Park

  • Brooklyn Park Farmers’ Market, 8717 Zane Avenue, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., until Oct 14

Champlin

  • Champlin Farmers’ Market, 12165 Ensign Avenue North, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Oct 14

Minneapolis

  • Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, 312 East Lyndale Avenue North, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Neighborhood Roots, 5167 Chicago Avenue south,4 p.m. to 8 p.m., until September 30
  • Neighborhood Roots, East Franklin Avenue and Nicollet Avenue South, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., until October 14

Thursday

Minneapolis

  • Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, 312 East Lyndale Avenue North, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, between 5th and 10th streets, downtown, 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday

Minneapolis

  • Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, 312 East Lyndale Avenue North, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • West Broadway Farmers’ Market, 1000 West Broadway Avenue 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., until October 9

Saturday

Hopkins

  • Hopkins Farmers’ Market, 9th Avenue South, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Minneapolis

  • Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, 312 East Lyndale Avenue North, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Farmers’ Market Annex, 200 East Lyndale Avenue North, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Midtown Farmers’ Market, 2225 East Lake Street, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Oct 24
  • Mill City Farmers’ Market, Chicago Mall & 2nd Street South, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June – September and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., during October
  • Neighborhood Roots, 4901 Chowen Avenue South, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., until October 24
  • Northeast Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, 629 2nd Street Northeast, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., until October 24

Richfield

  • Richfield Farmers’ Market, 64th Street and Portland Avenue, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., June – September, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., until Oct 24
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