Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program

Provides Nutritous Food and Nutrition Education

The WIC program provides nutritious food and nutrition education to all participants. Breastfeeding support is available to breastfeeding participants.

 Program Eligibility

Categories of participants that are eligible for WIC include:

  • Infants
  • Children under age five
  • Pregnant women (up to 6 weeks after delivery)
  • Postpartum women (up to 6 months after delivery)
  • Breastfeeding women (up to 1 year after delivery)

Applicants must live in Will County and meet income requirements that are set by the Federal Government.  Certain applicants are eligible based on their participation in other programs such as Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Food Stamp eligibility.  Nutrition and medical risk eligibility are determined at the time of the WIC appointment.  Call the office in your area for an appointment or for more specific information. This service is provided free of charge for eligible participants

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program Locations

Service Locations

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is offered at:

Will County Health Department 
Main Office
501 Ella Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
Phone: (815)727-8524

Will County Health Department Northern Branch Office 
323 Quadrangle Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: (630)679-7010

Will County Health Department Eastern Branch Office
5601 W. Monee-Manhattan Road, Suite 107
Monee, IL   60449
Phone: (708)534-5777

Wilmington: Call the Joliet office for more information, (815)727-8524

WIC Program Offers Food Packages and Nutritional Counseling

Services Provided by the WIC Program

In Illinois, over 40 percent of all babies born are on the WIC program. WIC is often the entry point into the health care system for WIC participants. Recent studies have shown that WIC participation reduces fetal deaths, infant deaths, low birth weight, and iron deficiency anemia. It also helps to increase immunization rates of children.
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Program Offers Will County Smokers Telephone-Based Cessation Counseling

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JOLIET – Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., prompting the Will County Health Department to remind area residents that powerful resources are available to help those wishing to kick the habit. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free, telephone-based cessation counseling service provided to Illinois tobacco users who want to quit smoking for good. Callers to the Quitline (1-866-QUIT-YES) can talk confidentially and free of charge to registered nurses and respiratory therapists, who are certified tobacco treatment counselors.

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Winter Weather Illness Poses Special Problems

JOLIET – Chicagoland Winters can be great for outdoor enthusiasts and hot chocolate lovers, but the cold weather months can be difficult if people fail to take appropriate health and safety precautions. Winter weather illness can pose special problems. Recognizing symptoms and common sense can help you to avoid potentially serious issues in the cold and snow.

State Extends Health Insurance Enrollment

Health Department Navigators Spreading The Word, Helping To Enroll Eligible Area Residents

JOLIET – Monday, December 23, is the new deadline for those who want to receive health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on January 1, 2014. The Will County Health Department has four specially trained Navigators to assist, answer questions and work with Will County residents on enrollment free of charge. To reach a Health Department health insurance Navigator, call 815-727-5990. All who enroll by December 23, will have affordable health insurance coverage beginning in the new year.  However, you can enroll in Marketplace options through March 31, 2014.  Medicaid enrollment is open all year round.

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Referral to quit smoking services

Telephone Quitlines have been shown to be effective in providing wide access to evidence-based cessation counseling.  Healthcare providers and systems can take advantage of the availability of Quitline services by implementing a system that regularly refers patients to the Quitline through electronic or fax referrals.

Quit Smoking Resources for Worksites

Worksite Wellness

Free quit smoking programs are available to worksites that want to assist employees in adopting a healthier lifestyle.  Read more to find out how the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and the Freedom From Smoking program can help your employees to quit smoking for good.
Will County All Our Kids Network Working to Prevent Child Abuse

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Will County All Our Kids Network (AOK) is working to promote the cause. AOK, which provides linkages to a wide range of community services, has developed a “traveling garden” to promote awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The garden is comprised of blue child abuse pinwheels and a large sign decorated in blue and white that reads “prevent child abuse.”


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On October 1, Joshua Arms of LSSI Senior Residence implemented a smoke-free policy, which will make its building healthier and safer by preventing smoking inside of the facility.  To commemorate the occasion, Joshua Arms, located at 1315 South Rowell Avenue in Joliet, hosted a smoke-free celebration early Monday.