This is a basic guideline for accessing services provided by Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department.
Program Area: Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Contact Number: 612-348-6100
Program Summary: WIC is a health program designed to improve the nutritional status of those participating. The ample income guidelines allow many working families, as well as those on public assistance, to participate in WIC's benefits. For example, a family of four grossing over $60,000 a year may qualify.
Women (includes teens):
- Not breastfeeding, but who have an infant who is less than 6 months old
Children: Under the age of 5
- Nutrition assessment and feeding tips
- Vouchers for healthy foods (like milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, and eggs)
- Referrals to health and social services
- Breastfeeding advice and support
Conditions of eligibility:
- Hennepin County residents should apply by calling 612-348-6100. NOTE: Residents of Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield should call the Bloomington WIC office at 952-563-8993.
- Income eligible (Note: many working families are eligible)
How to obtain services:
Call 612-348-6100 for pre-screening and application information. All languages can be accommodated.
Walk into a WIC site to apply.
- Century Plaza
- North Minneapolis
- South Minneapolis
- Brooklyn Center
How to Make an Appointment:
Appointments are made in three ways:
- Call for a same-day appointment. For this type of appointment, it is important to call soon after 8:00am. WIC appointments fill quickly and you may be told to call on another day if you wait until later.
- Call to schedule an appointment up to two weeks ahead.
- Walk into a WIC site. Please keep in mind that there is a chance you will not be seen if you walk in or you will be asked to wait.
What to expect:
At the appointment, applicant must have three required documents (see below). Appointments are made on the day that you call. It is important to call soon after 8:00 AM. WIC appointments fill quickly and you may have to call on another day if you wait until later in the day.
Other pertinent information:
All services are free of charge.
Clients must bring to appointment:
- Photo ID (there are a number of acceptable forms, but a photo ID is preferable).
- Proof of residency (many forms are acceptable).
- Income information (proof of income is waived if applicant is on public assistance).
Learn more about these services on the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) pages.
Last Update: 5/23/13