WIC

Nutritional Care

Mission

Improve the health of North Idaho women, infants, and children by providing the most advanced nutrition information, resources and breastfeeding support within a safe, compassionate and respectful environment that will lead to a lifetime of healthy choices.

Vision

Lifelong healthy habits and optimal nutrition improving health outcomes for Idaho families.

Language Assistance Services

Building Healthy Families

We view the health of mothers and children as our collective responsibility. With WIC, mothers and children in our community receive the nutritional support they need to thrive in life.

Families that have one or two working parents will often qualify for WIC nutrition services even if they do not qualify for SNAP or Medicaid benefits.

Already on SNAP or Medicaid? Then you are automatically qualified for WIC!

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Eligibility & Benefits

Eligibility

In order to qualify for WIC you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Benefits

WIC clients have access to a variety of benefits and services that promote a healthy future for their families.

Non-Discrimination Statement

USDA is an equal opportunity provider. USDA es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades. Read the full statement HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Pregnant or recently pregnant women.
  • Women who are breastfeeding.
  • Parents, stepparents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply for their children.
  • If you have a job or if you have private health insurance, you can still apply for WIC. You do not have to be married to apply for WIC.
  • You or your child must live in Idaho and meet income eligibility requirements.
A person who participates in (or has family members who participate in) certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

There are 6 WIC locations throughout North Idaho to serve you.

Hayden

8500 N Atlas Road, Hayden ID 83835
(208) 415-5130
FAX: (208) 415-5131

HOURS:

Mon – 8am-5pm
Tues – 8am-6:30pm
Wed – 8am-6:30pm
Thurs – 8am-6:30pm
Fri – 8am-12pm

Sandpoints

2101 Pine Street, Sandpoint ID 83864
(208) 263-5159

HOURS:

Mon – Thurs – 8am-4pm
(Closed daily from 12-1pm)

St. Maries

137 N Eighth Street, St. Maries, ID 83861
(208) 245-4556
FAX: (208) 245-3692

HOURS:

Tues – 8am-5pm
Wed – 8am-5pm
(Closed daily from 12-1pm)

Bonners Ferry

7402 Caribou, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 267-5558
FAX: (208) 415-5131

HOURS:

Tues – 8am-5pm
Thurs – 8am-5pm
(Closed daily from 12-1pm)

Kellogg

35 Wildcat Way, Kellogg ID 83837
(208) 786-7474
FAX: 208-786-7019

HOURS:

Tue – 8am-5pm
Wed – 8am-12pm
Thur – 8am-5pm
(Closed daily from 12-1pm)

Priest River

552 High St. Priest River, ID 83856
(208) 415-5130

HOURS:

Second Tuesday of Every Month – 9am-4pm
Fourth Thursday of Every Month – 9am-4pm

WIC foods include infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans/peas, and canned fish.

Also, soy-based beverages,  fresh fruits and vegetables, baby foods, whole wheat bread, and other whole-grain options were recently added to better meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants.

WIC recognizes and promotes breastfeeding as the optimal source of nutrition for infants. For women who do not fully breastfeed, WIC provides iron-fortified infant formula. Special infant formulas and medical foods may be provided when prescribed by a physician for a specified medical condition.

After making an appointment at a WIC clinic near you, you can expect the following:
WIC staff will review income, residency and identification information with you. Trained WIC staff will also conduct a health screening for all family members applying. This includes a finger stick blood test to check iron status (for older infants, children and women), measuring height and weight, and asking you some questions about your health and diet. At the end of the appointment you will be told if your family is eligible for WIC services.

What to bring to your first appointment?

For Pregnant, Post-Partum, and Breastfeeding Women:

  1. Adult Identification (e.g. – Driver’s license, passport, social security card)
  2. Proof of Household Income (Only if you are not utilizing Medicaid or SNAP) (e.g. – Paystubs from last 30 days, Recent tax return)
  3. Proof of Address (e.g. – Driver’s license, mail, bill, recent rent receipt)

For Infants and Children:
***All children receiving benefits must be present for first appointment, and twice/year for Health screen and recertification appointments***

  1. Adult Identification (e.g. – Driver’s license, passport, social security card)
  2. Infant/Child Identification (e.g. – Immunization records, birth certificate, infant’s hospital crib card, social security card)
  3. Proof of Household Income (Only if you are not utilizing Medicaid or SNAP) (e.g. – Paystubs from last 30 days, Recent tax return)
  4. Proof of Address (e.g. – Driver’s license, mail, bill, recent rent receipt)

Fathers of children under the age of 5 are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes, and receive and redeem benefits for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.

There are 4 ways to check your food benefit balance:

  • Use the FREE WICShopper smartphone app
  • Look at the remaining balance printed on your last WIC shopping receipt
  • Call eWIC Customer Service toll-free: 1-844-234-4946
  • Check your food balance on the ebtEDGE website: www.ebtedge.com

WIC benefits do not roll over to the next month. Spend your benefits before they expire at the end of the month. Contact your WIC office as directed to receive more benefits.

Why can’t I buy this?
If an item doesn’t ring up as a WIC food:

  • You may not have enough benefits left.
  • It might not be an approved item on the WIC Food List.
  • If it’s eligible, it may need to be added to the system.

If this happens, the cashier can’t change this or let you buy that food with your WIC card.

Can I save my benefits for future months?

No, WIC benefits must be used by the end of the month. If you don’t use them, you lose them.

Where can I shop?

You can shop at any grocery store in Idaho that accepts WIC. Use your WIC Shopper app to find your local WIC stores.

Can I use a store loyalty card?

Yes, you are allowed to use store loyalty cards, coupons, buy one/get one offers and other specials when shopping with WIC.

What can I do if the store is out of a product?

Shop for the product in another WIC store. Rain checks, IOUs and substitutions are not allowed.

Can I return food bought with an eWIC card?

No, foods bought with an eWIC card cannot be returned or exchanged for cash, credit or items. Recalled, damaged or an item that was expired when you bought it can be exchanged.

What do I do if I am having PIN issues?

  • If you entered your PIN incorrectly four times, your card will lock and won’t unlock until midnight. Consider resetting your PIN after the 2nd or 3rd try so you can still shop. See the Setting Your PIN video below for more information.
  • To reset the PIN, call the number on the back of the card or go to the wesite: www.ebtedge.com

Breastfeeding Program

Breastfeeding

Our breastfeeding program is made up of Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, who are past or current WIC moms that have successfully breastfed their child/ren. Additionally, we have Lactation and Nutrition experts that have specialized training in breastfeeding and nutrition for pregnant and breastfeeding moms. Our breastfeeding team has specialized training to help a breastfeeding mom overcome the challenges they may face. These are some of the services that our breastfeeding program and peer counselors provide: