Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
The Women, Infant and Children program is open to any resident meeting income guidelines. Many medical card recipients are eligible. WIC offers services to pregnant women postpartum women, infant and child up to age five. If found eligible you will receive valuable food coupons to use to purchase healthy foods for your family such as: Milk, cheese, bread, eggs, juice, fruits and veggies, baby foods, baby cereals. If you are unable to breastfeed we can assist with formula supplementation.
WIC program offers
- Nutrition assessment-our Certified Health Professionals will complete a nutrition assessment with each participant and offer advice and medically proven guidance on how to keep you and your family as healthy as possible.
- Weight monitoring- We will weight you, your infant or child at any time to help you keep track and be sure you are on a track to a healthy pregnancy and that your infant or child are gaining weight appropriately. Many new mom”s worry that their new baby may not be gaining enough weight. We can easy your mind, just stop in and ask for a weight check.
- Iron testing- this is completed with a single finger stick to determine if your iron levels are low causing you to be anemic
- Nutrition counseling- Our Certified Health Professionals will offer nutritional information for your specific situation so that you and your child can thrive to the best possible health status. Our office also offers classes that incorporate cooking, and recipients using the WIC foods that are provided to help you get the most out of your WIC food dollars.
- Breastfeeding education & Support- Our office has Certified Lactation Consultants on staff waiting to assist you on your breastfeeding journey. We also offer breastfeeding preparation classes, along with ongoing assistance once the baby is delivered. If a breast pump is needed we can assist you in obtaining a pump through Medicaid or offer referrals to a durable medical for private insurance claims. Mothers who”s baby had to stay at the hospital may need a hospital grade breast pump to assist with milk supply until the baby can latch. We offer a loaner pump program to assist them until their baby comes home.
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Nutrition Risk
The WIC Program is designed to serve certain categories of women, infants, and children. Therefore, the following individuals are considered categorically eligible for WIC
- Pregnant (during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after the birth of an infant or the end of the pregnancy
- Postpartum (up to six months after the birth of the infant or the end of the pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (up to the infant's first birthday)
Infants (up to the infant's first birthday)
Children (up to the child's fifth birthday)
Applicants must live in the State in which they apply. Applicants served in areas where WIC is administered by an Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) must meet residency requirements established by the ITO. At State agency option, applicants may be required to live in a local service area and apply at a WIC clinic that serves that area. Applicants are not required to live in the State or local service area for a certain amount of time in order to meet the WIC residency requirement.
To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have income at or below an income level or standard set by the State agency or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs.
Income Standard. The State agency's income standard must be between 100 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines (issued each year by the Department of Health and Human Services), but cannot be more than 185 percent of the Federal poverty income guidelines.
Automatic Income Eligibility. Certain applicants can be determined income-eligible for WIC based on their participation in certain programs. These included individuals:
- eligible to receive SNAP benefits, Medicaid, for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly known as AFDC, Aid to Families with Dependent Children),
- in which certain family members are eligible to receive Medicaid or TANF, or
- at State agency option, individuals that are eligible to participate in certain other State-administered programs.
Nutrition Risk Requirement
Applicants must be seen by a health professional such as a physician, nurse, or nutritionist who must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk. In many cases, this is done in the WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant. However, this information can be obtained from another health professional such as the applicant's physician.
"Nutrition risk" means that an individual has medical-based or dietary-based conditions. Examples of medical-based conditions include anemia (low blood levels), underweight, or history of poor pregnancy outcome. A dietary-based condition includes, for example, a poor diet.
At a minimum, the applicant's height and weight must be measured and blood work taken to check for anemia. An applicant must have at least one of the medical or dietary conditions on the State's list of WIC nutrition risk criteria.
The WIC Prescreening Tool is a web-based application intended to help potential WIC applicants determine if they are likely to be eligible for WIC benefits. Users who are likely to be eligible to receive WIC benefits are provided with State-specific contact information and are encouraged to make a certification appointment with their WIC local agencies. Additionally, users are provided with a printable summary of their responses and a list of examples of the documentation that is required at an initial certification appointment.
- Check the WIC Prescreening Tool to find out if you might be eligible for WIC benefits.