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W.I.C. Program

W.I.C.:  Women, infant and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental Nutrition program.  The Program is designed to provide nutritious foods, education and counseling to ensure a balanced diet and behavioral changes.  WIC program is funded by USDA.  WIC also serves as a link to other health care services by providing referrals to other community organizations.  Families/or working families that meet income eligibility based on family size and gross income.  Income guidelines change every year.  Families qualified to receive disability, social security; TANF, Medicaid and food stamps are adjunctively eligible to receive WIC benefits

Who is WIC for: Women: Pregnant, breastfeeding (up to one year after delivery) or postpartum non-breastfeeding (up to six month after delivery)
Infants: breastfeeding is encouraged for all infants; non-breastfed infants receive iron-fortified formula until 12 months of age
Children: Children up to 5 years of age

Who Qualifies for WIC:  Working families that meet WIC income eligibility requirements based on family size and gross income (income guidelines change every year 182% of poverty guide) e.g. family of four annual gross income of $44,863.00 live in the vicinity of Plainfield; have a medical, anthropometric and nutritional risk assessed by a program nutritionist

What does WIC Provide:  Qualified families will receive at no cost to them the following supplemental benefits: Nutrition assessment based on their height, weight, blood work (screening for anemia) and diet assessment.  Individual counseling on their diet assessment, Group nutrition education classes, Breastfeeding education and support, Health care referrals, Immunization screenings and voter registration

WIC Foods:  WIC provides a monthly prescription of nutritious food high in protein, calcium, vitamin A, C, D, fiber, iron folate and riboflavin tailored to supplement the diet of its participants:   Food vouchers are distributed for women and children free of cost.  WIC also provides milk, cheese, peanut butter, dry beans and peas, dry cereal, bread, eggs, Juice, tuna fish and carrots for breastfeeding women.  Infants receive iron fortified formula, baby jar foods, and baby cereal.
During summer season Farmers Market vouchers are distributed to purchase fresh produce (fruits and vegetables)

WIC Vendors:  Supermarkets and Small grocery stores need to be certified by the State office for accepting the WIC vouchers.  City of Plainfield Vendors: Supremo, Twin City, Fine Fare Supermarket, Canela Grocery, Cepeda Grocery, Valdez Supermarket, Los Amigos (Plainfield), ShopRite (Watchung).

WIC Clinic Hours of Operation:  Monday, Thursday, Friday except holidays (9:00am-5:00pm).
Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00am-7:30pm extended hours offered for working families.
Telephone: 908-753-3397-main line.

 

http://www.njwiconline.org