Clinical & Other Direct Services
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are currently providing WIC services by phone. No office visits are required at this time.
WIC is a federal program that provides specific nutritious foods along with nutrition and breastfeeding education at no cost. More than 7,000 individuals participate in WIC in Northern Kentucky.
WIC services are available at the Health Department’s county health centers and at certain off-site locations.
Similac Formula Recall
If you have recalled Similac formula, you have several choices:
- Return your recalled formula (opened and unopened) cans to the store where you purchased it to exchange it for a similar formula size, type or form.
- Return your formula (opened and unopened) cans to Similac (Abbott Nutritionals). You may contact Similac at 1-800-986-8540 or SimilacRecall.com.
- WIC participants may return your formula (opened and unopened) cans to your WIC Clinic for replacement WIC benefits. The WIC office may be able to change your food package to concentrated or RTF Similac products for one month, or non-contract formula, like Enfamil or Good Start, or can issue one month of a larger size Similac product, with options for different brands. Please see the chart link. Changes for Alimentum and Elecare will require a medical necessity form from the doctor.
Download a PDF of the formula options here.
To be eligible for WIC, you must:
- Be a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman; OR an infant/children up to 5 years old
- Have a household income at or below 185 percent of the poverty level
- Meet income guidelines OR have a Kentucky medical card, receive Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) benefits or food stamps (SNAP), or have a pregnant woman or infant in the family who receives Medicaid or K-TAP
- Be a resident of Kentucky
Income guidelines updated: April 1, 2021 (income guidelines for larger family sizes can be viewed here)
Applying for WIC
You can set up an appointment to apply for WIC through a county health center.
Make sure you bring the following items to your appointment:
- Proof of household income, such as pay stubs, W-2 forms or current medical card
- Proof of residence, such as current bill with your address, bank statement, lease agreement, mortgage agreement or current medical card
- Proof of identity, such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, social security card, shot record or current medical card
What you will receive
Foods you or your children may receive through the WIC program include:
- Milk, cheese and yogurt
- Vitamin C-rich juices
- Iron-rich cereals
- Dried beans or peanut butter
- A baby may receive infant formula, infant meats, fruits, and vegetables and infant cereal
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains (bread, rice, pasta or tortillas)
Selling or trading WIC formula, foods of e-WIC cards is program violation that could result in criminal charges and/or disqualification from receiving future benefits.
WIC breastfeeding peer counseling program
Breastfeeding peer counselors can assist mothers enrolled in WIC who plan to breastfeed. The peer counselors are all moms who have breastfed successfully and have participated in WIC. Peer counselors provide support anytime a new mother needs it. For more information, please contact Nancy Merk Nancy.Merk@nkyhealth.org or call 859-363-2113.
Kentucky WIC families can use the free WICShopper mobile app to view your benefits and determine if foods are WIC eligible.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.