What is WIC?
Women, infant and children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition Program for Women, infants and children designed to provide nutritious foods, education and counseling to ensure a balanced diet and behavioral changes.
WIC program is federally funded by USDA United State Dept of Agriculture).
WIC also services as a link to other health care services by providing referrals to other Community organizations. Such as Health/hospital Centers, Medicaid/food stamps, food pantry, Day care centers, action services, etc.
WHO is WIC for?
pregnant, Breastfeeding post partum (up to one year after delivery), non-breast feeding (up to six month after delivery).
Breast feeding is encouraged for all infants, non breast fed infants receive iron-fortified formula until 12 months of age.
Children up to 5 yrs of age.
Who Qualifies for WIC?
Families or working families that meet income eligibility based on family size and gross income. Income guidelines change every year.
Have a nutritional risk assessed by a program nutritionist.
All services are provided on site with a one stop concept at no cost to participants.
Nutrition Assessment based on their height, weight, blood work (anemia test) and diet assessment.
Clients are provided free height, weight and blood work services.
Individual counseling based on their current diet assessment.
Group nutrition education classes on different topics.
Nutritious foods high in protein, calcium, vitamin A, C, D and iron, fiber folate and riboflavin.
Breast feeding education and support.
Health care referrals.
Voter registration enrollment for women.
Farmer market promotion, voucher distribution, etc.