The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling and support and food vouchers for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children through age five.
WIC has helped many families succeed, including college students, young families trying to get ahead, working families and military families. WIC could help your family too.
Nutrition education and food vouchers
Staff will discuss with you specific health needs and nutrition and how to prepare food. Food vouchers are also available.
WIC foods are for the WIC participant(s) (not the whole family):
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Fruit or vegetable juice rich in Vitamin C
- Whole grains
- Whole grain bread
- Whole grain tortillas
- Whole wheat pasta
- Brown rice
- WIC cereals provide iron for healthy blood
- Many WIC cereals are whole grain and high in fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals
- Peanut butter or beans (dry or canned)
- WIC can substitute soy beverages or tofu for some of the milk, depending on the situation
- Infant foods (for babies)
- Babies receive baby food fruits, vegetables and meats (for breastfed infants)
- Formula is available for infants; however, breastfeeding is recommended
Breastfeeding counseling and support
WIC's peer breastfeeding counselors and lactation consultants are available to offer breastfeeding support and answer any breastfeeding concerns.
For frequently asked questions and additional breastfeeding resources.
Am I eligible for WIC?
WIC participants can be children less than 5 years old, infants and women who are:
- Breastfeeding an infant under age 1
- Less than 6 months postpartum
OR parents (with a child under the age of 5) including:
- Mother or father with infant or child under age 5
- Foster parent(s) or guardian(s) with an infant or child under age 5
You must be a resident of Bloomington, Edina or Richfield. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen.
Information about you or your child's health will be asked.
You will be asked to bring proof of income and if you or your family member is on any of the following programs:
- Medical Assistance
- Medical Assistance (TEFRA)
- SNAP (Food Stamps)
- MN Family Investment Program
- Fuel Assistance
- Reduced or Free School Lunch
- Head Start
- Supplemental Security Income
How do I apply for WIC if I live in Bloomington, Edina or Richfield?
- Call the clinic at 952-563-8993 to make an appointment. Staff will help schedule your appointment and answer any questions you might have.
- Staff will walk through the application process with you at your appointment. You will receive a food voucher that day.
WIC services are provided by appointment only at the following locations:
Bloomington Public Health Center
1900 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Monday - Thursday
Richfield Central School
7145 Harriet Ave., S., Richfield
Every Monday, the first and third Tuesday, and the first four Fridays of the month.
Staff will also connect you with additional health and social services including:
- Well visits for children
- Additional services for children and families
To schedule an appointment, contact 952-563-8993.