WIC: Women, Infants and Children

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a program for eligible families with young children, or a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding, to purchase more healthy foods and help young families eat well and be healthy.

A family of four, earning as much as $60,000 a year, may qualify for vouchers to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods, at your neighborhood grocery store or many neighborhood farmer’s markets.

At a number of community-based locations, our caring staff is available to offer parenting tips around nutrition and child development, as well as breastfeeding support.

Find fresh choices with WIC.

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Get started

Call 612-348-6100 for more information or to make an appointment at a WIC site near you. Help is available in any language.

The program is available to:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and children from 1 year old until their fifth birthday.
  • Families that receive Medical Assistance, food support, Minnesota Family Investment Program, free or reduced school lunch, Head Start, fuel assistance or other assistance programs.
  • Working families that meet income requirements. For example, a family of four earning as much as $60,000 a year would qualify for service.

Clinic locations

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

Call 612-348-6100 for hours, appointment times and exact locations.

  • South Minneapolis
  • North Minneapolis
  • Northern suburbs
  • Western suburbs
  • Downtown Minneapolis

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

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 who can encourage and coach you until you and your baby have mastered breastfeeding together. 

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 to 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., Brookdale WIC, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
  • Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. NorthPoint WIC, 1313 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis
  • Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., Southside WIC, 1600 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
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