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Apply for WIC

To apply for WIC, or for more information, call 913-826-1302.

Or you can submit your information and we will contact you to review your eligibility and schedule an appointment.

English Form              Formulario de Precalificación

Any legal guardians, including kinship care and foster parents can apply for WIC for their children.

 

Woman holding baby on the phone

Eligibility

To be eligible for WIC benefits in Kansas, you must:

  • Be a resident of Kansas and
  • Have a child under 5 years old or be pregnant and
  • Be income eligible based on the WIC income guidelines (WIC staff will help determine income eligibility)
    • You may be automatically income eligible if you participate in other programs such as:
      • KanCare (Medicaid Title XIX)
      • SNAP
      • TANF

WIC Office Locations and Hours

Mission

(913) 826-1302
6000 Lamar Ave., Suite 140
Mission, KS 66202

Mission WIC Office Hours:

  • Monday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30  p.m.

Olathe

(913) 477-8330
11875 S. Sunset Dr., Suite 300
Olathe, KS 66061

Olathe WIC Office Hours:

  • Monday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Baby-Friendly Provider Resources

Becoming a Baby-friendly Provider

doctor holding baby

The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to help promote breastfeeding in the hospital setting and serve as a resource for mothers to get knowledgeable breastfeeding support. As part of the initiative, there are steps that need to be met in order for a hospital to become certified as Baby-friendly.

Steps to becoming a certified Baby-friendly provider

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all healthcare staff.
  2. Train all healthcare staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming in -- allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.

For more information contact Laura Grimmett, Johnson County WIC Program Manager, at 913-826-1250 or Laura.Grimmett@jocogov.org.

Helpful Links

Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation

Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation LogoThe Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has created this designation that can be earned by medical providers in Kansas who offer breastfeeding support and encouragement to mothers and babies. 

Breastfeeding

For Mother, Breastfeeding...

  • Is convenient; there's nothing to buy, carry, heat or measure
  • Gives you time and helps you relax
  • Speeds up postpartum healing
  • Saves up to $2,000/year in feeding costs

For Baby, Breastfeeding...

  • Provides all the nutrients needed and in the right amounts
  • Causes less spit up and stomachaches because it's so easy to digest
  • Lowers risks of allergies, earaches, weight problems, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and other childhood illnesses

What Real Johnson County Mothers Say About Breastfeeding

Mother breastfeeding baby“I love the closeness that breastfeeding gives my son and I. He wasn’t always easy at first, but since I never gave up it has paid off tenfold. It really makes motherhood that much more special.”

“I really enjoy breastfeeding my twins since I have two babies. It is nice to get to spend some alone time with each of them.”

“I enjoy breastfeeding because it’s quick and convenient for me, but more importantly, it’s beneficial for my child and his health.”

“Breastfeeding has single-handedly been the best experience of my life. My two girls have never been sick, had ear infections and are already smart and gifted for their ages! I love it with all my heart!”

If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, call the WIC office and ask to speak to a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Watch the video below to find out more about the services Breastfeeding Peer Counselors provide to WIC clients.

If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, call the Olathe WIC office at (913) 477-8330 or the Mission WIC office at (913) 826-1302 and ask to speak to a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor or visit the La Leche League International website.

Classes for WIC Participants

Please join us for a FREE breastfeeding class!  Classes are held at our locations in Olathe and Mission. Click the link below for class information, dates, and maps.

You must be a current WIC client to enroll in our breastfeeding class. Register for classes here.

2019 Class Schedule (Horario de clases de 2019)

Food Guide

What's a Serving?

Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta Group:

  • 1 slice of bread or small pita
  • 1/2 bagel or English muffin
  • 1/2 cup cooked cereal, rice or pasta

Vegetable Group:

  • 1 cup raw leafy vegetables
  • 1/2 cup cooked or chopped raw vegetables
  • 1 medium potato
  • 3/4 cup vegetable juice

Fruit Group:

  • 1 medium orange, apple or banana
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup berries or cut-up fruit
  • 3/4 cup fruit juice

Milk, Yogurt & Cheese Group:

  • 1 cup milk or yogurt
  • 1-1/2 ounces natural cheese
  • 2 ounces processed cheese

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, & Nuts Group:

  • 2-3 ounces cooked lean meat, skinless poultry or fish
  • 1/2 cup dried beans
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup tuna
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup nuts

Additional information for adults

WICShopper App for Mobile Devices

WIC Shopper App logoThe WICShopper app makes grocery shopping simple and easy. Scan food items to verify if they are WIC-eligible, view recipes and get nutrition education right on your mobile device for free. 

Download from Apple iTunes for iOS devices

Download from the Google Play Store for Android devices

Food Packages

Pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and children one to five years of age may receive:

  • Milk
  • Natural cheese
  • Eggs
  • Iron-fortified cereal
  • Vitamin C rich juice
  • Dry beans, peas, or peanut butter
  • Canned beans
  • Tuna (as applicable)
  • Pink salmon (as applicable)
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • 100% whole wheat bread
  • Tortillas
  • Brown rice
  • Yogurt
  • Tofu
  • Whole wheat pasta

Infants may receive:

  • Special breastfeeding support or infant formula for the first year
  • Infant cereal, baby food fruits and baby food vegetables starting at 6 months
  • Some fresh fruits and vegetables at 9 months
  • Pureed meats at an appropriate age (as applicable)

WICShopper App for Mobile Devices

WIC Shopper App LogoThe WICShopper app makes grocery shopping simple and easy. Scan food items to verify if they are WIC-eligible, view recipes and get nutrition education right on your mobile device for free.

Download from Apple iTunes for iOS devices

Download from the Google Play Store for Android devices

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program

Kansas WIC Logo

 

WIC is a supplemental food and nutrition education program that provides services to Kansas families who qualify.

WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, and kids under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:

  • Personalized nutrition information and support
  • Benefits to buy healthy food
  • Tips for eating well to improve health
  • Referrals for services that can benefit the whole family

WIC also offers immunization screening and referral, breastfeeding support, and nutrition and health classes on a variety of topics including meal planning, maintaining a healthy weight, picky eaters, caring for a new baby, shopping on a budget and more.

Find a WIC office near you

We encourage you to take advantage of all that WIC offers:

  • WIC Consultations - Find appointment hours, locations and eligibility guidelines.
     
  • Food Packages - To prevent or correct nutrition-related health problems caused by poor nutrition, the WIC program: provides nutritious food packages to supplement participants' diets, provides nutrition education to increase the participants' understanding of nutrition, and encourages regular healthcare and making appropriate referrals.
     
  • BreastfeedingBreastfeeding is convenient, saves in infant feeding costs, and provides your baby will all the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong. Breastfeeding - best for mothers - best for children. If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, call the Olathe WIC office at (913) 477-8330 or the Mission WIC office at (913) 826-1302 and ask to speak to a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor.
     
  • Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative - This program encourages area hospitals to become Baby-friendly and provides resources to guide them through the process. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to promote breastfeeding in the hospital setting and provide mothers with knowledgeable breastfeeding support.
     
  • Food Guide Information - Have you ever wondered what's in a serving?
     
  • eWIC Program - The eWIC program makes it convenient and easy for WIC clients to shop for food items for the entire family using one payment card.
     
  • WIC Community Garden - The WIC Community Garden will educate, empower and feed the clients in the Kansas WIC program.

WIC Works

Extensive research shows that participating in WIC leads to healthier babies, more nutritious diets and better health for children and higher academic achievement for students. Download these facts sheets to learn how WIC works:

WIC Supports More Nutritious Diets

WIC Improves Availability of Nutritious Food

WIC Helps Mothers Give Birth to Healthier Infants and Reduces Infant Mortality

WIC Promotes Immunization and Improves Access to Health Care

WIC Promotes Breastfeeding

WIC Improves Children's Educational Prospects

WICShopper App for Mobile Devices

WIC shopper app iconThe WICShopper app makes grocery shopping simple and easy. Scan food items to verify if they are WIC-eligible, view recipes and get nutrition education right on your mobile device for free.

Download from Apple iTunes for iOS devices

Download from the Google Play Store for Android devices

 

Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation

Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation LogoThe Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has created this designation that can be earned by medical providers in Kansas who offer breastfeeding support and encouragement to mothers and babies.

WIC Resources

WIC Community Garden

Volunteers planting in WIC Community GardenThe WIC Community Garden educates, empowers and feeds the clients in the Kansas WIC program, thereby creating a healthier community. Click here to view a video about the community garden. Johnson County Government is committed to improving the health of all Johnson County residents by improving access to healthy foods in the community. We strive to achieve this goal by administering a WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program and the WIC Community Garden.

This project is in need of community volunteers. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome to volunteer. Please sign up below.

WIC Community Garden Volunteer Sign-Up

Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate. No gardening experience is necessary. We provide tools, gloves and gardening education. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday morning from 7:30-9:30 a.m. All produce harvested from the garden will go to WIC client families in Johnson County. The garden is located at 11875 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe (north side of the Health Services Building).

We will only contact you in case of cancellation or when we have important WIC Garden information for volunteers.
(e.g., 913-555-1212)
List names and ages of all children under age 18 who will be volunteering with you. (e.g., Emily, 7; Matthew, 10).
(e.g., 913-555-1212)
(e.g., 913-555-1212)

Volunteer Hold Harmless Agreement

In consideration of being a volunteer for the Johnson County WIC Community Garden, I do hereby assume the risk of injury and all medical expense incurred from any injury resulting from my volunteer participation.  I understand, acknowledge and agree I am not covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance or benefits provided thereunder and I do hereby release, discharge and hold harmless Johnson County, its agents, representatives and employees, from any and all claims whatsoever, known or unknown, for damages or injuries to myself and children under age 18.

Release To Use Photographs, Video, Name and other Reproductions

I hereby grant to the Johnson County, Kansas Government and its related agencies and departments (hereinafter referred to as “Johnson County”), and its employees, legal representatives and assigns in the performance of their duties for Johnson County, the absolute right and permission to use or copyright, in its own name or otherwise, and re-use, publish, and re-publish photographic pictures, video, electronic images or other reproductions of me or in which I may be included, in whole or in part, or composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction as to changes or alterations, in conjunction with or without my own name or a fictitious name, or reproductions thereof in color or otherwise, made through any medium, and in any and all media now or hereafter known for illustration, promotion, art, advertising, trade, including film, photographic, video, electronic or digital formats or reproductions, or any other purpose of any kind. I also consent to the use of any printed or electronic matter in conjunction therewith. The uses and rights granted herein are donated to Johnson County freely and without financial consideration as a public service.

I hereby waive any right that I may have to inspect or approve the finished product or products and the advertising copy or other matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

I hereby release, discharge and agree to save harmless Johnson County, its employees, departments, legal representatives and assigns, and all persons acting under this Release, from any liability for such use, including by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in such use or in any subsequent processing thereof, as well as any publication thereof, including without limitation any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

I hereby warrant that I am of legal age and have the right to contract in my own name or I am the parent or legal guardian of the subject for whom this Release is granted. I have read the above Release, prior to its execution, and I am fully familiar with and understand the contents thereof. This Release shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.

THIS RELEASE AFFECTS YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.  IF NOT UNDERSTOOD, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR OWN LEGAL COUNSEL.