What is WIC?
WIC is a federally-funded nutrition program that provides food checks, nutrition counseling, and community referrals to pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children under five years of age in Clark, Scott, Jackson and surrounding Indiana counties.
WIC is designed to improve fetal development, reduce the incidence of low birth weight and premature births, reduce maternal and childhood anemia, and promote breast feeding.
The WIC program helps families like yours start strong and stay that way. We give you checks you can use to get nutritious foods, free.
We know that raising a family takes more than love, it takes money. Unfortunately, times are tight for families like yours all across Indiana. Every month, more than 155,000 Hoosiers count on WIC for more than free food. They count on us for good food, free.
- Pregnant women
- New moms (up to six months after delivery)
- Breastfeeding moms (up to one year after delivery)
- Children under the age of five
You must live in Indiana and meet income guidelines. Check the income chart here to see if your family may qualify. When you apply, you’ll receive a personalized nutrition assessment to see if the program is right for you.
Families already receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps, and TANF are income eligible for the WIC program.
Benefits to WIC Participants
- Supplemental nutritious foods
- Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics
- Referrals to other health and social services
How does WIC work?
As a WIC applicant, you will contact the clinic in your community for a free visit to be enrolled and to pick up your checks. At the appointment, you’ll receive nutrition education and breastfeeding support, and learn about other services you can use to help your family. The WIC checks can be used at local grocery stores for cereal, juice, milk, eggs, peanut butter, beans, whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole wheat or corn tortillas, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, cheese, and baby food.
If you would like more information on New Hope’s WIC program please call:
812-288-2715, Clark Co.
812-288-6474, Scott Co.
812-523-1248, Jackson Co.
812-346-2515, Jennings Co.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
A WIC Success Story
Economically, WIC is a financial lifesaver for Kayla, her husband, and their two children, Braxton (2) and Mason (9 months). With infant formula costing almost $13 a can (one can is consumed every four days per child), without WIC’s help Kayla’s family would have a $200 monthly bill for formula alone.
But WIC does more for Kayla’s family than helping out financially. Her oldest son, Braxton, received a routine check-up during a WIC visit when a New Hope professional discovered a potentially fatal low iron level in his blood. Braxton registered a dismal, lifethreatening 2.4 iron level, compared to a “normal” reading of 12. Kayla immediately went to Scott County Memorial Hospital and was transferred to Kosair Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment.
When Braxton was released from the hospital, WIC professionals worked with Kayla to create an iron-rich diet to get Braxton on the road to health.
“The program is excellent. Anything I need, I just call WIC to help me. How can I thank someone for saving my child’s life? I don’t know, but I try to do so every day.”
“I always recommend New Hope’s WIC program to all my friends”