The Women, Infants and Children, or "WIC" program at the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, helps to provide healthy food and nutrition education to women and their children.
Samuel U. Rodgers WIC was awarded the distinction of "Breastfeeding friendly WIC clinic" by the Missouri Department of Health in 2012.
You may qualify for WIC services if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or if you have an infant younger than 12 months of age, or a child or children under the age of 5. There is no cost for this service. To be eligible, you must meet income guidelines and be in need of nutritional education.
Benefits of the WIC program include:
- Supplemental foods
- Personal counseling and nutrition information to help you and your child eat a healthier diet
- Referrals to other health programs that could benefit you and your family
WIC provides the following breastfeeding services to help breastfeeding moms meet their goals:
- Breastfeeding Education and Support
- Breastfeeding classes
- Lactation Consultant on staff to help with special breastfeeding issues
- Electric Breast pumps for those who qualify
- Nursing Bras for those who qualify
- 24 hour warm-line for breastfeeding questions and concerns: 816.728.0904
Participants are issued vouchers to buy food at local grocery stores. WIC food items include:
- Whole grain bread or tortillas
- Hot or cold cereals
- Peanut butter
- Fruit juice
- Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
Infants may also qualify to receive formula, infant cereal and baby food.
- WIC supports the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation that every infant should be breastfed for 1 year or beyond unless otherwise medically indicated
Samuel U. Rodgers WIC Breastfeeding Support Services:
The Peer Counselor Program
Peer counselors are mothers with breastfeeding experience and special training, eager to share their knowledge of breastfeeding with you so that you may be confident in your decision to breastfeed.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
Peer counselors teach a variety of breastfeeding classes in several languages to help prepare you for breastfeeding success.
Breast Pump Program
WIC participants may qualify to borrow or keep a high quality Medela electric breast pump for the duration of breastfeeding.
Classes Offered at Downtown Campus (825 Euclid, Kansas City, MO):
Infant Feeding Class English: Mondays at 2:30 p.m.
Infant Feeding Class Spanish: Mondays at 3:30 p.m.
Learn about the advantages of breastfeeding vs. formula feeding.
Best Start Class English: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Best Start Class Spanish: Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Learn how to begin breastfeeding, create a good milk supply, and what to expect in those first precious days.
Breastfeeding Social Groups:
Healthy Start Club: Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.
A group meeting for breastfeeding moms where they can meet and talk with other breastfeeding moms. All languages welcome.
The Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center provides WIC services for women and their families at 3 locations in the Kansas City area and in Lafayette County:
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Hours of operation:
825 Euclid Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64124
M/T/Th/F- 8:30 am-4:30 pm
W- 7:00 am-Noon
North of the river at the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Hours of operation for WIC:
Northland Family Medicine & WIC Services
4820A North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64118
T/Th 8:00 am-5:00pm
Lafayette County at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Lafayette County Family Medicine, Dental & WIC Services
811- A South 13 Highway
Lexington, MO 64067
Hours of operation
T- 8:00 am-5:00pm
W- 7:30 am-Noon
WIC services are also available in Higginsville, Missouri, at the Salem United Church of Christ, and in Odessa, Missouri, at the Methodist Church every other Thursday of the month. Call the Rodgers-Lafayette Office for more information about these locations.
The WIC program at the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, serves an average of 3,200 participants each month. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (202) 260-1026 (local). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.