Mississippi State Department of Health

Women, Infants and Children's Nutrition Program (WIC)


WIC is a special supplemental food program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women, infants, and children under five years of age. WIC helps you and your baby get healthy foods and healthy advice in the first years of life.

Infant formula shortage
Escasez de leche de fórmula infantil

What the Mississippi WIC program is doing, and new options for mothers.


Get free help right on your phone

Eligible WIC clients can now get breastfeeding support 24 hours a day for FREE with the Pacify app.

Pacify connects you with live lactation consultants who are available 24/7 via video to offer breastfeeding support and answer other feeding related questions.

Simple and easy to use right from home, there are no appointments required and you can call as often as you need to.

Sign up today! Get your membership code, download the app, and sign up at pacify.com/ms-wic. Or talk to your local WIC staff about how to get started.

eWIC Cards

eWIC cards are coming to WIC clients. Find out when to expect yours, and how it will change food shopping.


If you're eligible for WIC, you'll receive at no cost:

WIC Food Package

The WIC food package provides nutritious foods to supplement your regular meals. You can choose some or all of the following, free of charge:

Getting WIC

Who is Eligible

To be eligible for the program, a woman, infant, or child must meet the income guidelines and be at medical or nutritional risk. Low iron levels in the blood (anemia), underweight, overweight, or poor diet are typical examples. A nurse or nutritionist will determine if an applicant is eligible for the WIC program.

You can check your income against the current guidelines to see if you may qualify.

If you receive TANF, Food Stamps or Medicaid, you automatically meet WIC income guidelines.

Apply in Person

USDA policy requires that applicants must apply in person for WIC benefits at their local county health department or WIC clinic. Parents not wanting to bring their newborns in to the WIC clinic have a 60-day period during which the newborn must be seen at the WIC clinic.

Find a county health department

What to bring to your WIC appointment

Applicants must bring proof of income, residence, and identification to their WIC appointment.

Examples of proof of income:

Examples of proof of residence:

Examples of proof of identification:

Get the app! The WIC Mississippi app helps you learn more about WIC, find WIC locations, and take advantage of healthy food options available through the program.


For Medical Professionals


It is important for you and your children to be up to date on routine vaccinations, so you are protected from infectious diseases like measles, whooping cough, flu, COVID-19, and others. For more information, please see the links below. You may schedule an appointment at any county health department, with your medical provider, or at a pharmacy.

Staying Healthy

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Lead can be very dangerous for you and your children. Three key nutrients – vitamin C, iron, and calcium – may limit the body's absorption of lead. Foods rich in these nutrients can be found in your WIC food package.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

During pregnancy, women should not use tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, or prescription medications unless they are for medical reasons. Avoiding these substances and getting regular prenatal care are important to having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Avoiding these substances after you have a baby is important, too. Counseling and treatment are available if you have hard time quitting unhealthy substances on your own.

Find Out More

WIC can connect you with the resources you need. Here is some useful information on programs and topics that may help you and your children.


Mississippi WIC Program
805 S. Wheatley St
Suite 400
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Phone: (601) 991-6000 or call toll-free (800) 545-6747 outside of Jackson

For questions regarding Verification of Certification (VOC) please call either of the phone numbers listed above.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

  1. mail: 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: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Links referenced
Nuevas opciones de WIC    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,19101,128,pdf/WIC_formula_Spanish.pdf
New WIC formula options (Vietnamese)    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,19103,128,pdf/InfantFormula-Vietnamese.pdf
pacify.com/ms-wic    https://www.pacify.com/ms-wic/
Get started now    https://www.pacify.com/ms-wic/
More about eWIC cards    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,128,977,html
Breastfeeding support    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,144,html
Complete WIC foods list    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,128,508,html
Take the WIC survey now    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/wicsurvey/
View the WIC income table    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,1066,128,html
Find a county health department    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html
MS WIC for your iPhone or iPad    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ms-wic/id1450413254
WIC Mississippi for Android devices    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.wic.mdh
Request for Medical Formula for Infants    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,7489,128,pdf/972.pdf
Request for Medical Formula for Women and Children    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,7488,128,pdf/263.pdf
Immunization Schedules    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,439,html
More about lead poisoning prevention    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,176,html
Help quitting tobacco    https://www.quitnow.net/mve/quitnow?qnclient=MS
More about alcohol, tobacco and drugs during pregnancy    https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/tobacco-alcohol-drugs-and-pregnancy
Find a county health department    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html
Breastfeeding and WIC    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,144,html
About WIC    https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic
Medicaid    https://medicaid.ms.gov/
SNAP    https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/economic-assistance/snap/
TANF    https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/economic-assistance/tanf/
Immunizations    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,html
Dental and Oral Health    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,151,html
Early Intervention    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,74,html
Tobacco Quitline    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,1774,94,html
Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby Case Management Programs    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,18601,106,html
Lead Poisoning Prevention    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,176,html
Safe Sleep Environments    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,202,html
Car seat safety    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,1489,98,112,html
Family Planning Waivers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,1459,107,html
Happy Healthy    http://happyhealthy.extension.msstate.edu/
USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form    http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html    http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html
, 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:    http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html
program.intake@usda.gov    mailto:program.intake@usda.gov

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