Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)

About the Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Program

The Nutrition & WIC Services Section administers one USDA – funded program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This program provides nutrition and health education, healthy supplemental food, and other services to Kansas families who qualify. 

WIC's goal is to help ensure the health of pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, and kids under age 5 by providing:

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

This program also offers:

  • Immunization screening and referral
  • Breastfeeding promotion and support
  • Nutrition and health classes covering a variety of topics:
    • Meal planning
    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Picky eaters
    • Caring for a new baby
    • Shopping on a budget
    • And more!

The Nutrition & WIC Services Program also provides nutrition support for the variety of programs within the Kansas Bureau of Family Health. The mission of Nutrition & WIC Services is to improve the health status and nutritional well-being of Kansans through access to:

  • Quality nutrition intervention services by a registered/licensed dietitian
  • Substance abuse identification
  • Nutrition education
  • Integration with and referral to other health services

Who’s Eligible?

Many working people are eligible for WIC and don't realize it. WIC serves Kansas residents who are:

  • Breastfeeding, up to the baby's first birthday
  • Non-breastfeeding mothers, up to six months after the baby's birth
  • Children under five years old
  • Meet the WIC Income Guidelines
  • Have a medical or nutritional need

Examples of nutritional risk factors to determine eligibility include:

  • A high or low weight for height/length
  • A diet inappropriate for age
  • A reduced amount of iron in the blood (hemoglobin)
  • Medical conditions that jeopardize nutritional status

WIC clients must meet WIC income guideline and have a medical or nutritional need.

How to Apply

Call the Health Department to schedule an appointment. The Arkansas City office and the Winfield office are both certified WIC agencies and can assist you during the application process.

  • Arkansas City Office: 620-442-3260
  • Winfield Office: 620-221-1430

At your appointment, there will be a brief review of foods you eat, medical history, and current health status to determine the medical or nutritional need. If you or your child is found eligible for WIC benefits, the appointment will also include nutrition education.

For your first appointment, you will need to bring:

  • Proof of Identity
    • Birth certificate
    • Driver's license
    • KS Medicaid card
    • Military ID
    • Passport
    • Photo ID
    • School ID
  • Proof of ID for Child
    • Birth certificate
    • Foster care/adoption papers
    • KS Medicaid card
    • Shot/Immunization records
    • WIC cannot accept Social Security Cards as proof of identity
  • Proof of Residency
    • Envelope that was mailed to you
    • Official letter
    • Rent receipts
    • Utility bill
  • Proof of Household Income for all people living in your house
    • Income tax form for self-employment
    • Medicaid/Healthwave 19 card
    • Paycheck stub from current job
    • SRS benefit letter

WIC Nutrition and WIC Approved Foods

For more information about WIC nutrition and WIC approved foods, visit our WIC Nutrition and WIC Approved Foods page.

Other WIC Benefits and Resources

Breastfeeding support and assistance

We have a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor who is available both during business and non-business hours (as needed) to help educate, support, and encourage you to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.

We have 2 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants available to help you with any questions or concerns you may have as well as provide support and encouragement throughout your breastfeeding journey.

Nutrition education

In addition to ensuring that you and your family get the necessary nutrition, our registered nurses and registered dietician are available to guide you towards a healthier life. With their knowledge and experience, they can provide guidance and tips on:

  • Food preparation and cooking
  • The nutritional needs of children for health development
  • How to work with picky eaters
  • Much more!

Many other local agencies can provide you with excellent educational resources. We refer many families to our local partners who can provide a variety of educational opportunities. From cooking lessons to classes that promote healthier living and chronic disease prevention, many educational and fun opportunities are available within the community!

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also provides many nutritional education resources and materials available on their website:

WIC Health Channel

Kansas WIC has partnered with FI Channels to bring you the Kansas WIC Channel. This streaming service provides educational programing regarding the Kansas WIC Program. The service is packed with videos about topics ranging from pregnancy to nutrition, and everything in between! There are even games available to make learning more interactive and fun! Spanish programming is available on the channel as well.

Meet Our WIC Staff

Our experienced and dedicated nurses are here to ensure that you and your family get the nutritional assistance and guidance for healthier and happier living. 

Hi! I'm Alicia Ramey. I'm the registered dietitian for the WIC program at the City Cowley County Health Department. I've worked for the CCCHD since 2011, so I've been a familiar face in both offices for many years. I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and love to help expecting and now mommies to learn about all the ins and outs of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is something I'm passionate about, so I'm happy to give the extra time needed to help new moms achieve their goals.

Additional Information

For more information about any of our services, don’t hesitate to call us at either of our office locations! We look forward to chatting with you and helping you enjoy all the benefits that WIC provides!

Arkansas City Office
115 E. Radio Lane
Arkansas City, KS 67005

Winfield Office
320 E 9th Ave
Winfield, KS 67156

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General Information
Phone Numbers
620-221-1430 620-442-3260
Emergencies: Dial 911
320 E 9th Ave
Suite B

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Immunization Clinic Hours
Monday: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Wed: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
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