Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal program that provides food to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, and infants and children until the age of five. The program provides nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the WIC Program.
What are the benefits of the WIC Program?
WIC participants receive nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion/support, and referrals to community and health agencies to improve their diets and reduce their chances of health problems caused by poor nutrition. They are given vouchers that they redeem at participating grocery stores to obtain foods
What food is available through WIC?
Nutritious foods rich in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C are available through WIC. These are key nutrients commonly missing in the diets of the WIC target population. Participants exchange WIC food vouchers at authorized retail grocery stores and pharmacies.
What kinds of food are available with WIC food vouchers?
- Milk (regular, lactose-reduced, evaporated or soy)
- Cheese, tofu
- Whole-Grain Cereal
- Whole-Grain Bread, Brown Rice, Whole
- Wheat and Soft-Corn Tortillas
- Vitamin C Enriched Juices
- Dried/Canned Beans, Peas, Lentils
- Peanut Butter
- Fruits/Vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned)
- Chunk-light Tuna or Salmon
- Infant formulas/foods
(The WIC Nutritionist will determine which foods a participant receives based on eligibility and individual needs)
All women are encouraged to provide their infant with the best nutrition possible by breastfeeding. Breastfeeding education is given to all pregnant women so they can make informed decisions about infant feeding. Additional breastfeeding education and support are provided by the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors before and after delivery.
Who is eligible for WIC?
- Pregnant women, who have recently had a baby or who are breastfeeding an infant less than 12 months of age.
- Infants or children who have not reached their fifth birthday.
- Reside in Jones County or its health service delivery area.
- Meet local agency income eligibility. The gross annual income cannot exceed 185% of the poverty level. All Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Work First recipients meet WIC income eligibility.
- Nutritional and/or medical eligibility must also be met. This is determined by an on staff health professional using current medical information.
You must also have a health risk factor based on:
- Height and weight
- Blood test for low iron
- Health history
- Diet history
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.