About WIC

Operation Threshold provides Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) services in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, and Grundy Counties.  WIC is a federally funded program that has been providing food assistance, nutrition education and referrals to other social services agencies since 1974.

Those eligible for WIC services include pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding are eligible up to one-year postpartum, women who are not breastfeeding are eligible for six months postpartum, and infants and children up to age five. Participants must also have income below 185% of the federal poverty level or receive Medicaid for themselves.  Income eligibility is determined by gross household income. For 2023-2024, the income guidelines are as follows (effective July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024):

Persons in Household

185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

1 Person Household – $26,973
2 Person Household – $36,482
3 Person Household – $45,991
4 Person Household – $55,500
5 Person Household – $65,009
6 Person Household – $74,518
7 Person Household – $84,027
8 Person Household – $93,536

For each additional person add $9,509

WIC also has a Breastfeeding Peer Counseling program! The goal of the Program is to increase the initiation and duration of breastfeeding by WIC participants. Peer counselors provide breastfeeding information, support and encouragement to pregnant women and new moms. Breastfeeding support assists these women and helps to improve the health of their children. All Peer counselors have breastfeeding experience and have received specialized training.

WIC promotes the best start for babies through breastfeeding education and ongoing support. Pregnant women receive educational information from WIC on feeding choices for their babies.

WIC also allows the use of food dollars to provide breast pumps to moms who will miss feedings due to school, work, or when an infant is hospitalized.

To make an appointment or for more information on the WIC program, please call (319) 291-2065.

If you have difficulty understanding English or have a disability, free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request. Deaf Relay: (Hearing or Speech Impaired) 711 or 1-800-735-2942

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online (click here), from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or 2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 3. email: [email protected] This institution is an equal opportunity provider.