WIC is a free nutrition program that helps income-eligible women and their children by offering breastfeeding education and support, supplemental nutritious foods; nutrition education and counseling; and screening and referrals to other health and social services.
The WIC program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries and physical abnormalities) and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets.
Who is eligible for WIC in Knox County?
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a baby less than six months old; and infants and children up to five years old;
- Who meet WIC income guidelines; And, live in Knox County.
What are the income guidelines for WIC?
In order to be eligible for WIC, the gross countable income of the economic unit (household), of which the applicant/participant is a member, must be less than or equal to the Ohio WIC program income guidelines for economic unit size provided in the following chart. WIC income guidelines are updated each year. WIC income guidelines are updated each year.
How Can WIC help families?
- Provide nutritional education and support.
- Provide breastfeeding education and support. A breastfeeding peer helper is on staff to provide one-on-one counseling. Check here for more information on breastfeeding.
- Refer to prenatal and pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs such as Head Start, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps).
- Provide immunization screening and referral. We have access to the Ohio immunization data base and check your child’s records and since we are located at the health department, you can get shots for your child after your WIC visit if you want to. Click here for more on immunizations.
- Provide vouchers for foods like: Milk, Cereal, Juice, Eggs, Peanut Butter, Beans, Fruits, Vegetables, Infant Formula, Tuna, Salmon, Whole Grains and Carrots. Food vouchers are accepted at most grocery stores in Knox County.
- Provide food vouchers to be used at area Farmer’s Markets during the summer months as part of the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program.
How can my family apply for WIC?
Call the Knox County WIC office at 740-392-2200, Ext. 2256 to schedule an appointment to meet with a WIC staff member.
What do I need to bring to the appointment?
- Proof of income (current pay stub, current Medicaid Card or approval letter for Healthy Start, Ohio Works First or Food Assistance)
- Proof of address (utility or credit bill, or Ohio driver's license)
- Proof of identity for you and any applicants (birth certificate, driver's license, Medicaid card, crib card or shot record)
- All family members applying for WIC services should come to the appointment
- If pregnant, bring a doctor's statement showing due date
- Children's shot records
You can also visit The Sanctuary in Danville to register for WIC, receive counseling for pick up food vouchers. The WIC staff is at The Sanctuary on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Call the main office at 392-2200, Ext.2255, to make an appointment.
WIC Forms (pdf format)
You can register to vote at all WIC Clinics
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, Public Law 103-31, provides that WIC clinics serve as voter registration assistance sites throughout Ohio. Applicants can register to vote at any WIC clinic in their communities, or registration can be completed through the online services of the Secretary of State’s office.
or phone 740-392-2200, Ext. 2255.