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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Love them Lots. Feed them Right. Your child has you, and You have WIC.

WIC is a nutrition education, intervention and prevention program for pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants, and children under age five.

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  • To be eligible for WIC, you must either be pregnant; be breastfeeding; have had a baby in the past six months; or have a child or infant younger than five years old. You must also have a health or nutrition risk and meet income guidelines (185% of the poverty level).

    Parents, legal guardians or caretakers who have medical and financial responsibility for the child may apply for WIC benefits.

    Income Guidelines
    Effective from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

    Size of Household Annual Income Monthly Income Weekly Income
    1 $21,978 $1,832 $423
    2 $29,637 $2,470 $570
    3 $37,296 $3,108 $718
    4 $44,955 $3,747 $865
    5 $52,614 $4,385 $1,012
    6 $60,273 $5,023 $1,160
    7 $67,951 $5,663 $1,307
    8 $75,647 $6,304 $1,455
    Each Additional Family member add $7,696 $642 $148
  • What is WIC

    WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which provides food, nutritional education, and screenings and referrals to health services. It was established in 1974 and today is widely regarded as one of the government’s most successful programs. WIC is administered by the Agriculture Department’s Food and Nutrition Service and implemented throughout state and local agencies.

    Who is eligible for WIC?

    WIC serves low income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to five years of age (at or below 185% of poverty level). WIC serves clients who have a medical or nutritional risk that would improve with the services WIC provides.

    What does WIC provide?

    WIC is a nutrition education counseling, health care referral, and breastfeeding support program that distributes food vouchers. WIC’s goal is to promote good nutrition and health during times critical for growth and development.

    What are food vouchers?

    The WIC program provides vouchers for nutritious foods. The supplemental foods for pregnant and postpartum women and children include fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables; whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice or tortillas; low fat milk, eggs, cheese; dried or canned beans and peas or peanut butter; and cereal. Mothers who breastfeed are eligible to receive these foods, as well as tuna and carrots. Exclusively breastfed babies also receive jars of fruit, vegetables, and meats. For babies not being breastfed, WIC also provides infant formula and infant cereal. These food categories were chosen to ensure key nutrients and supported by research from the Institute of Medicine.

    What about Breastfeeding?

    The CEDA WIC program staff are all trained professionals and strong advocates for breastfeeding. At CEDA, pregnant women attend a series of education sessions including breastfeeding classes. All CEDA sites have competent, experienced personnel to answer questions and support the clients. CEDA also maintains a Breastfeeding support and answer line for clients to call with their questions. CEDA strongly believes that every mother deserves the support and guidance to reach her breastfeeding goals.

  • Call (855)WIC-CEDA (855-942-2332) to find the clinic nearest you or for more information

    Albany Park

    2754-58 W. Lawrence Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60625
    Phone: 773-878-0578
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Austin

    5425 W. Lake St.
    (2nd floor - PCC Bldg) 
    Chicago, IL 60644
    Phone: 773-413-1917
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Bloom-Rich

    1203 W. End Ave.
    Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    Phone: 708-754-4576
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Blue Island

    12940 S. Western 
    (entrance off High Street) 
    Blue Island, IL 60406 
    Phone: 708-371-5728
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Chicago Heights

    233 W. Joe Orr Rd.
    Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    Phone: 708-754-2788
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Des Plaines

    400 O’Connor Dr.
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    Phone: 847-294-1802
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Diversey

    4622 W. Diversey
    Chicago, IL 60639
    Phone: 773-545-7159
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Evanston

    2010 Dewey Ave.,
    (Lower Level - Family Focus Bldg )
    Evanston, IL 60201
    Phone: 847-328-3511
    Days of Operation: Tuesday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Harvey

    53 E. 154th Street
    Harvey, IL 60426
    Phone: 708-339-3614
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Howard

    1516 W. Howard
    Chicago, IL 60626
    Phone: 773-338-7334
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday

    Irving Park

    3948 N. Lowell
    Chicago, IL 60641
    Phone: 773-685-1507
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Maywood

    411 W. Madison
    Maywood, IL 60153
    Phone: 708-236-5024
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday 
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Morton Grove

    6421 Dempster Street
    Morton Grove, IL 60053
    Phone: 224-534-7433
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Mt. Prospect

    1300 W. Northwest Hwy.
    Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
    Phone: 224-324-3848
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Oak Lawn

    5535 W. 87th Street
    Oak Lawn, IL 60453
    Phone: 708-423-1131
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Oak Park

    6026 W. Roosevelt Road 
    Oak Park, IL 60304
    Phone: 708-445-3314
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Rolling Meadows

    Eastpark Apartments Office Building
    First Floor 
    2272 Algonquin Parkway
    Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
    Phone: 847-670-6980
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Skokie

    2nd District Courthouse
    5600 Old Orchard Road, 
    Skokie, IL 60076
    Phone: 847-967-1851
    Days of Operation: [Please Call First] Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Summit

    7666 W. 63rd Street
    Summit, IL 60501
    Phone: 708-458-0012
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday

    Wheeling

    Lower Level Creekside Health Center
    300 McHenry Rd
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    Phone: 847-243-9270
    Days of Operation: Tuesdays
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is a supplemental nutrition program focused on healthy eating for moms, babies and kids. WIC provides: nutrition education, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, vouchers for nutritious foods, and referrals to other social and health services.

CEDA and WIC

CEDA operates 20 WIC clinics in the Chicago and suburban area and serves over 50,000 participants every month, making it the largest WIC program in Illinois. Clients are eligible for all WIC benefits, including personalized counseling with a Nutritionist, and individual and group education. Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are also available to help and support breastfeeding mothers.

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  • WIC_Albany Park

    Albany Park Office

    2754-58 W. Lawrence Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60625
    Phone: 773-878-0578
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Austin

    5425 W. Lake St.
    (2nd floor - PCC Bldg) 
    Chicago, IL 60644
    Phone: 773-413-1917
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC-Bloom Rich

    Bloom-Rich

    1203 W. End Ave.
    Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    Phone: 708-754-4576
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Blue Island

    Blue Island

    12940 S. Western 
    (entrance off High Street) 
    Blue Island, IL 60406 
    Phone: 708-371-5728
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Chicago Heights

    Chicago Heights

    233 W. Joe Orr Rd.
    Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    Phone: 708-754-2788
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Des Plaines

    Des Plaines

    400 O’Connor Dr.
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    Phone: 847-294-1802
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Diversey

    Diversey

    4622 W. Diversey
    Chicago, IL 60639
    Phone: 773-545-7159
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Evanston

    Evanston

    2010 Dewey Ave.,
    (Lower Level - Family Focus Bldg )
    Evanston, IL 60201
    Phone: 847-328-3511
    Days of Operation: Tuesday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • WIC - Harvey

    Harvey

    53 E. 154th Street
    Harvey, IL 60426
    Phone: 708-339-3614
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • WIC_Howard

    Howard

    1516 W. Howard
    Chicago, IL 60626
    Phone: 773-338-7334
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday

  • WIC - Irving Park

    Irving Park

    3948 N. Lowell
    Chicago, IL 60641
    Phone: 773-685-1507
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Maywood

    Maywood

    411 W. Madison
    Maywood, IL 60153
    Phone: 708-236-5024
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Morton Grove

    Morton Grove

    6421 Dempster Street
    Morton Grove, IL 60053
    Phone: 224-534-7433
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Mt. Prospect

    Mt. Prospect

    1300 W. Northwest Hwy.
    Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
    Phone: 224-324-3848
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • WIC - Oak Lawn

    Oak Lawn

    5535 W. 87th Street
    Oak Lawn, IL 60453
    Phone: 708-423-1131
    Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Oak Park

    Oak Park

    6026 W. Roosevelt Road
    Oak Park, IL 60304
    Phone: 708-445-3314
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows

    Eastpark Apartments Office Building
    First Floor
    2272 Algonquin Parkway
    Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
    Phone: 847-670-6980
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Skokie

    Skokie

    2nd District Courthouse
    5600 Old Orchard Road,
    Skokie, IL 60076
    Phone: 847-967-1851
    Days of Operation: [Please Call First] Monday - Friday
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • WIC - Summit

    Summit

    7666 W. 63rd Street
    Summit, IL 60501
    Phone: 708-458-0012
    Days of Operation: Monday - Friday

  • WIC - Wheeling

    Wheeling

    Lower Level Creekside Health Center
    300 McHenry Rd
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    Phone: 847-243-9270
    Days of Operation: Tuesdays
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.
To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
  • WIC has been so helpful. When I was pregnant, I was having issues with my doctor. WIC was a great source of information. They helped me stop gaining too much weight throughout the pregnancy and also helped me maintain. After I gave birth, they had so much information about breastfeeding available and really helped me. They are still helping, by ensuring I am able to provide enough of the right foods for my family.

    -Thalia S.

  • I started using the WIC program when my first son was born four years ago. As a first time mom, WIC was incredibly helpful in teaching me what to do and what not to do. Without this program, I don’t know what we’d do.

    Laura G.

  • I was fired for my pregnancy. A few months later, I enrolled in the WIC program and it has been an incredible help. WIC checks help me buy quality food that I actually want to feed my son. And then I have more money to buy diapers and other essentials. What I like about WIC is that it is a very smooth process. They are so helpful, and I don’t have to come in all the time or even every month. They make it really easy to get the help I need.

    Monica M.

  • My kids do not eat vegetables, and I struggle to find ways to cook them. The produce box from WIC is so helpful. Picking up the box got my kids excited to try the vegetables and there were some that I had never even tried before. The food is so fresh. The best part of the box is that it came with recipes to use. I made a big smoothie using most of the vegetables. My kids loved it and didn’t even realize what they were eating. The produce box program really helps me feed my kids healthier meals.

    Jessica P.