Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC benefits are not limited only to food. Participants have access to a number of resources, including health screening, nutrition and breastfeeding counseling, immunization screening and referral, substance abuse referrals, and more.

Why WIC? You and your baby will be healthier.

  • Improved birth outcomes

    • Women who participate in WIC give birth to healthier babies who are more likely to survive infancy.
    • Closer to full-term, safer pregnancies, and having a better chance of having a fully developed baby.
    • Fewer premature births and infant deaths.
    • Fewer babies being born with very low birth-weights.
    • A greater likelihood of moms receiving prenatal care.

How? – WIC provides the following

  • Health and Nutrition

    • Nutrition education
    • Monthly benefits to buy healthy food.
      • WIC participants buy and eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.
      • Includes regular and lactose free dairy also includes soy products. Whole grain tortillas, pastas, and more.
      • Farmers Market vouchers for fresh produce direct from farmers.
      • Larger food package for moms who breastfeed exclusively.
    • WIC promotes breastfeeding for its nutritional value and ease of access of breast milk.
      • It’s the most nutritious and complete source of food for infants.
    • Infants who are fed formula receive iron-fortified formula, which is recommended for nearly all non-breastfed babies for the first year of life.
    • Higher averages in intake of iron, vitamin C, thiamin, niacin, and vitamin B6.
    • Lower iron deficiency anemia rates.
    • Receive tips on how to shop or cook healthy food and how to encourage kids to eat it.

Social, Nutritional, & Breastfeeding Support

    • Breastfeeding support with Lactation Counselors, and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors.
      • Help with a range of breastfeeding issues, including positioning, latch, milk production, returning to work.
      • Nursing aids such as breast pumps.
    • Nutrition support with Nutrition Assistants and Registered Dietitians.
    • We introduce moms and dads to a network of peers and experts.
      • Healthcare professionals such as dentists and pediatricians.
      • Immunization services.
      • Access to other health care and social services.
      • Other moms for sharing experiences and moral support.

Health Screenings

    • Health assessments.
      • Weight and anemia screening.
    • Children participating in WIC are just as likely to be immunized as others.
    • Children participating in WIC are more likely to receive preventative medical care than other children not participating in WIC.