Community Action
of Southeast Iowa
2850 Mt Pleasant St, Suite 108
Burlington, IA 52601
Phone: 319-753-0193
Helping people.
      Changing lives.


Community Action of Southeast Iowa administers the WIC Program for a five-county area which includes Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Louisa, and Muscatine. Our staff consists of 16 terrific dietitians, nurses and clerical professionals. The WIC Program provides basic foods, nutrition counseling and access to health services for low-income families.

Nutrition counseling and classes are offered at least twice during each eligibility period which varies from six months to one year. The objectives of this counseling are to stress the relationship between proper nutrition and good health, and to assist families that are at nutritional risk in achieving a positive change in food selection or eating habits. Access to health services is provided through referrals to community-based health programs and/or to private providers.

WIC clinics are held in each county varying from 1 day per month to 20 days per month depending upon participation. At the clinic, the client's income is checked to ensure they are eligible for services. Medical and nutrition screenings are conducted and education is provided. Referrals are made to programs that may benefit the family and WIC checks are issued that day. The client then uses the WIC checks at their local grocery store to buy specific, WIC eligible foods. Each check is printed with exactly what foods, brands and amounts are allowed. The store accepts the WIC check as payment for the items and no substitutions or changes are allowed.

Beginning October 2009 we converted to a new food package. Along with many of our "old" foods, we added many healthier choices such as whole grain bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, brown rice, baby foods, and canned beans. Soy beverages will be available when they meet WIC standards. Participants still receive milk but it must be 1% or skim if the participant is older than 2 years. We have also cut down on the amount of juice, eggs and formula, but clients will be getting a much larger variety of foods to help meet more of their nutritional needs.

Farmers Market Program

Each June we begin distributing Farmers Market checks to WIC clients in all five counties. This program provides vouchers to WIC participants that can be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables at their local farmers market. The participants really look forward to this program and it is a great benefit to local growers. Like the WIC vouchers, no money is exchanged and growers are reimbursed directly from the State Department. Our program begins in June and the checks do not expire until October 31st. Each eligible participant receives $28.00 worth of checks for the summer.

Our Mission:

Community Action is dedicated to alleviating the conditions and causes of poverty by building partnerships and strengthening people through quality services.