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Iowa WIC Office

The Iowa WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program is handled by the Department of Public Health. This state agency can help you with questions or issues with WIC including how to apply, what is required to be eligible for Iowa WIC benefits or if you need to schedule an appointment. If you will be meeting with the Iowa Department of Public Health, we suggest you verify what documents you should bring with you to make sure they have all the information they need to help determine your eligibility. This page provides the Iowa WIC office number and office hours.

The Iowa WIC program aims to assist low-income and nutritionally at risk women who are pregnant, women who are currently breastfeeding (up to infant's 1st birthday), nonbreastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends), infants (up to 1st birthday) and children up to their fifth birthday. Benefits that are provided to participants through the Iowa WIC program includes supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, counseling at WIC clinics, screening and referrals for other health reasons, welfare and social services.

If you are planning to move out of state, Iowa WIC participants can still receive their benefits until the certification period expires as long as there is proof that they received WIC benefits in Iowa. Before you move, it is recommended that you contact the local WIC office. In most cases, the state agency will provide you with a special card that proves you participated in the Iowa WIC Program. When you have moved, the next step would be to call the WIC office in the state you moved to and schedule an appointment. Make sure to bring the special card to your appointment to show proof you received benefits from the Iowa WIC program.

  • WIC Office Location

    321 East 12th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50319

  • WIC Office Phone Number

    The number to call this state agency is 800-532-1579 or 515-281-6650. Their fax number is 515-281-4913.

  • WIC Online Website

    To view the website for the Iowa WIC program, click here.

  • Approved Food List

    Find out what foods you can purchase by viewing the Iowa WIC approved food list.

How do I search for Iowa WIC office facilities near me?

You must report to an Iowa WIC office if you want to apply to receive benefits. This is because you can only file your Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program application once you speak to a program official. As a result, you need to find a WIC clinic near you. Fortunately, this search process is easy to complete through this website. All you need to do is choose the state you are applying in and select your city. Then, you will see a list of all the places where you can submit a WIC application in your community.

Do I need an appointment to apply for WIC in Iowa?

When you are ready to apply for benefits, you need to schedule a WIC Iowa appointment at your local facility. Program representatives cannot meet with you and discuss your WIC eligibility unless you have an appointment. To arrange a time to speak with a caseworker, contact your local WIC office directly.

The representative you speak with can help you arrange a time when you can come into the clinic and apply. Once you schedule your appointment, make sure you report to the office ready to apply for benefits. You must have your children with you, as well as the supporting documents you need to prove your eligibility.

What benefits are available through the Iowa WIC program?

There are many different Iowa WIC benefits you could qualify to receive. Depending on your circumstances, this could include:

  • Food benefits. Through WIC, you could qualify to receive funds you can use to buy nutritious groceries for you and your family.
  • Support for breastfeeding women. You can receive support to help you breastfeed your infants and children.
  • Medical referrals. If you enroll at a WIC office, you could be eligible to receive referrals to various health care specialists.

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