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WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

​WIC is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that helps keep low-income women, infants and children up to age 5 stay healthy. WIC provides nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

WIC provides:

  • Nutrition advice
  • Access to healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, whole grains, infant foods, cereals and more
  • Special counseling for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
  • Information about other services
  • Referrals to health care


Clinic locations
WIC clinic sites are located in Apple Valley, West St. Paul and Hastings.

Program qualifications
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a child under age 5, you may qualify for WIC. Go to the Minnesota Department of Health website to see if you qualify. Dakota County residents can call 952-891-7525.

To sign up for WIC, you need to come to a certification appointment and bring proof of ID, address and income.

Setting up an appointment
Appointments are scheduled for the same day you call. Call early, as appointments fill quickly. Phones open at 8 a.m., Monday–Friday.

Appointments needing an interpreter (other than Spanish) may be scheduled one week in advance. Spanish appointments are scheduled for the same day you call.

When coming in for an appointment, try to arrive five minutes early. We cannot see you for an appointment if you are 10 or more minutes late.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in the administration of its programs. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

WIC benefit pick-up
You do not need an appointment to pick up WIC benefits. Check the WIC benefits pick-up schedule for days and times.

Report lost or stolen benefits
If your WIC benefits (vouchers) have been lost or stolen, call the WIC office at 952-891-7525. If the WIC rules allow for the benefits to be replaced, staff will ask you to come to the WIC clinic. 

If you come to the WIC clinic, complete the following forms and bring them with you.  The forms are in English and Spanish.

ProxyRightsResponsibilitiesWIC.pdfProxy Rights and Responsibilities in WIC (DCPHD-WIC-1703)
LostStolenBenefitsReportWIC.pdfLost or Stolen Benefits Report (DCPHD-WIC-997)

WIC benefits can be replaced only once in a one-year period for a WIC household.

Growing Healthy Families Newsletter
The Dakota County WIC program provides a quarterly newsletter that includes easy recipes, tips to keep your family healthy and ideas for fun activities.  The newsletter will keep you posted on programs and health clinics in Dakota County. GrowingHealthyFamilies.pdfDownload the current Growing Healthy Families newsletter. (GrowingHealthyFamiliesSpanish.pdfEspañol)

Last updated: 11/12/2012 10:25 AM