WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides valuable nutrition and health information, breastfeeding support, health care referrals and nutritious foods. WIC helps all types of families learn how to make healthy lifelong nutrition and lifestyle choices.
WIC is for eligible women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby, and for infants and children up to age 5. Eligibility is based on both nutritional need and income status.
To safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.
There is no paper application for WIC. Simply email or bring the following items to the office:
- Proof of Montana residency
- Current income documentation if you are not participating in Medicaid, SNAP or TANF
Use the income eligibility guidelines and prescreening tool below to see if you may be eligible. Please give our office a call for more information and to set up an appointment.
Please note, Montana WIC does NOT require proof of pregnancy.
The income guidelines are based on family size and are updated yearly.
WIC has expanded the fruit and vegetable dollar amounts for all food packages for women and child participants age one and older. Child food packages include a $25 fruit and vegetable dollar amount. The pregnancy food package includes a $44 fruit and vegetable dollar amount. Fruit and vegetable dollar amounts for post-partum and breastfeeding food packages vary between $44-$49 dependent on breastfeeding amount. This applies to fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables. Fill up on the good stuff!
- Healthier pregnancies for women
- Fewer lower birth weight babies are born
- Diets are improved
- Late fetal deaths are reduced
- Children are better immunized
- Children do better on vocabulary scores
- Rates of anemia (low blood iron) are reduced
- Participation in WIC can lower Medicaid costs
- WIC children are more likely to have a regular source of healthcare
Location and Contact Information
The Lake County WIC Program is located inside the Lake County Public Health Department at 802 Main Street, Polson, MT 59860.
Our telephone number is (406) 883-7307. Office hours are 8:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:00 to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 12:00 PM on Friday. Please call for an appointment or for more information. If we are serving other clients, we may not be able to take your call. Please leave a message, including your name and phone number, and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Fax: (406) 883-7290
The WIC program is an equal opportunity program. The WIC program does not discriminate against any person based on race, color, religious creed, political ideas, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, national origin, or ancestry.