What is WIC?

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to five years of age.

What benefits does WIC offer?

The WIC program provides breastfeeding support, nutrition education, referrals to appropriate health agencies, and nutritious foods for eligible applicants.

Who is eligible to receive WIC benefits?

WIC serves pregnant women, non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after delivery or termination of the pregnancy), breastfeeding women (up to 1 year after delivery as long as they are breastfeeding the baby), infants from birth up to 1 year of age, and children up to their 5th birthday.

All applicants must meet income guidelines.

Individuals who meet income and category guidelines will be assessed for nutritional risk factors during the certification process.

How do I get on WIC?

To apply for WIC benefits, call or visit an agency near you.The Bollinger County Health Center can be reached at (573) 238-2817 or toll-free (866) 338-2817. For a list of other agencies in Missouri Click Here.

Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic

Our Breastfeeding Peer Counselors have gained experience breastfeeding their children and are able to  provide information and support to mothers from pregnancy to weaning. 

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Good for Moms

  • Saves money in formula and healthcare costs
  • Saves time with no bottles to prepare
  • Burns calories, which helps moms return to pre-pregnancy weight faster
  • Releases hormones that promote relaxation and bonding
  • Makes traveling easier
  • Makes diapers have less odor
  • Reduces moms’ risk for cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis
  • Helps the mother’s uterus return to its pre-pregnant state
  • Helps prevent excessive bleeding following birth
  • Provides a special gift to baby that only their mother can provide

Good for Babies

  • Made by nature to meet babies’ nutritional needs
  • Lowers incidence of infections, diarrhea and hospitalizations
  • Reduces risk of allergic reactions and asthma
  • Reduces risk of SIDS
  • Reduces risk of childhood cancers
  • Provides baby with the most easily digested food and reduces constipation
  • Promotes healthy growth and development
  • Reduces risk of obesity & diabetes
  • Promotes straighter teeth with better oral development
  • Transmits mother’s immunities to baby

Maternal Child and Family Health

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, (WIC) is offered throughout the month at the main office with satellite clinics monthly in Patton.  For more information go to our WIC page

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors educate WIC prenatal clients on breastfeeding issues as well as offer support to breastfeeding mothers

Pregnancy Testing upon request

Vision Testing

STD/HIV Testing

Day Care Consultation to childcare providers on health and safety issues

Lead ScreeningEducational material and information regarding prevention
Screening for elevated blood levels (age Appropriate)
Case Management

Prenatal Case Management

Vital Records

The Local Health Agency Administrator is the Local Registrar for Vital Records as described by Law
Registers all county birth and death events
Missouri birth and death certificates are available for a fee
Assistance with obtaining certificates from other states
For more information go to our Birth and Death Certificates page