Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It is a nutrition and breastfeeding program.

The WIC Program provides healthy foods and nutrition information to eligible individuals. Foods are provided to participants through food vouchers, which are redeemed at approved grocery stores. WIC foods are intended to improve the health status of participants and to prevent certain nutritionally related medical conditions.
Woman breastfeeding a child while eating a corn dog.
WIC participants receive:
  • Breastfeeding information
  • Infants may receive iron-fortified formula
  • Nutrition and health information
  • Nutritious foods like milk, cheese, eggs, whole grains, fruits and vegetables
  • Referrals to health and social services


WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five. WIC is free to those who qualify and working families are encouraged to apply.

Eligible populations must also meet the following criteria:
  • Applicant must be able to use the foods and formulas provided
  • Applicant must have a nutrition or health related need for the program
  • Applicant must live in Itasca County
  • Applicant must meet income guidelines


For more information on the program or to find the WIC program in your county, please call 800-WIC-4030. The Minnesota Department of Health's WIC website also contains program information.

Along with the WIC Program located at the IRC Building, you may schedule an appointment at the Deer River - King School location. It is open every 3rd Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged.

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