WIC Appointments - Minnesota Department of Health

WIC Appointments

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At your certification appointment, WIC will check to see if you or your child is eligible for WIC.

Be sure to bring your infant or child with you to your WIC certification appointment!

What information should you bring with you to the appointment?


Bring any ONE item from the following list for EACH person who has an appointment:

  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Crib Card
  • Driver's License
  • Health Benefits Card
  • Passport
  • Pay Stub
  • Photo ID, School ID, State ID, or Work ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Social Service Benefits Card
  • Tribal ID
  • Voter Registration Card


Bring any ONE item from the following list for your ENTIRE family:

  • Bill
  • Driver's License
  • Lease or Rental Agreement
  • Mail Addressed to You
  • Pay Stub
  • Rent Receipt
  • State ID
  • Statement from Employer
  • Statement from Landlord
  • WIC Appointment Letter


If participating in any of the following programs, bring Proof of participation in any ONE of the following programs:

  • Medical Assistance
  • Food Stamps
  • MN Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Fuel Assistance Program
  • Head Start
  • Reduced or Free School Meals
  • Social Security



Bring any ONE item from the following list for EACH SOURCE OF INCOME in your household.

  • Child Support Payments/Letter
  • Pay Stub
  • Payment Award Letter
  • Pension or Annuity
  • Statement from Employer
  • Tax Form
  • Unemployment
  • Veteran's Payment
  • W-2 Form

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What kind of health and nutrition screening does WIC do at your appointment?

  • Weight
  • Height or baby's length
  • Iron in the blood (Hemoglobin) - This is a simple finger stick for women, children and infants 9 months or older.

NOTE: If you or your child have been to the doctor within the past 60 days before your appointment and have had weight, height or blood iron measured, you can bring this information to your appointment.

If you bring information from your doctor, it must be on a form from your medical provider or clinic and include:

• You or your child's name
• The date the measurements were taken
• What the measurements were
• The health professional's signature

  • Questions about general health
  • Discuss What You or Your Child Eats

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What does WIC provide to you at the appointment?

Nutrition Education

  • Women: Information about healthy eating during and after pregnancy
  • Infants: Information about feeding babies as they grow, common problems including colic, constipation and crying
  • Children: Information about healthy foods for happy children, helping your child to eat well, healthy snacking, valuable parenting skills and lots more

Breastfeeding Support

  • Answers to your questions about breastfeeding
  • Help to continue breastfeeding when you return to school or work
  • Benefits for extra WIC foods for breastfeeding moms

Referrals to Health and Other Services and Immunizations

WIC Foods

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How long does a WIC appointment take?

A WIC certification appointment takes about 30 minutes for each person with an appointment.

TIP: 30 minutes can seem like a long time to a child. Please bring a snack or favorite toy to help make the appointment easier for both you and your child.

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How often do you have a WIC certification appointment?

  • Pregnant women have one certification appointment while pregnant
  • Breastfeeding women have one certification appointment after their baby is born and another short appointment at 6 OR 9 months after
  • Women who aren't breastfeeding have one certification appointment after their baby is born
  • Infants have a certification appointment soon after they are born, a short appointment at 6 OR 9 months and another certification appointment when they turn 1 year old
  • Children have a certification appointment once a year with a short appointment in between after 6 months

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Updated Thursday, 29-Apr-2021 16:16:35 CDT