Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

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Women, Infants and Children (WIC) helps safeguard the health of pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as infants and children younger than 5. This is done by offering one-on-one education about nutrition and feeding practices, supporting breastfeeding, referring to health and community resources and by providing a benefit card to buy healthy foods.

Rice County WIC continues to operate for current WIC families and by determining eligibility for new families. At this time we are able to complete appointments and issue benefits in person or by phone at at 507-332-5906. Check if you are eligible for WIC here.

Participants in these programs are automatically income eligibWicle:

  • Medical Assistance
  • Medical Assistance - TEFRA
  • SNAP (food stamps)
  • MN Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Fuel Assistance
  • Reduced or free school lunch
  • Head Start
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

If the family is eligible under the MA guidelines but not yet enrolled, they may be determined presumptively eligible.

Learn more about WIC by watching this 6-minute YouTube video: "Welcome To Minnesota WIC." More information about WIC can be found at the Minnesota Department of Health website.

We support breastfeeding families. Learn more here: Rice County Area Breastfeeding Information & Support.

USDA non-discrimination statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. fax: 202-690-7442; or

3. email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Declaración de no discriminación del USDA (Spanish) 
How to file a federal civil rights complaint

For participants who feel they have been discriminated against, please complete the form in the following link. If you need help, your local agency or state WIC staff can assist you.