What Services Does WIC Provide?
To teach participants and parents/caretakers the relationship between nutrition and good health.
To improve the food consumption habits, as they relate to the participant's nutritional risk.
To promote optimal use of WIC supplemental foods and other nutritious foods.
To provide nutrition education within the context of the participant's ethnic and cultural preferences. Educators provide lessons that are appropriate for the participant's language, educational background, and environmental limitations.
Referrals for Health Care
Referrals from WIC include immunizations and 1st Steps.
WIC encourages persons already receiving medical services to remain under their physicians' care. It also encourages individuals not receiving medical care to seek and maintain appropriate care.
Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
All WIC clinics have trained personnel ready to assist mothers in making informed decisions about their infant feeding choice. WIC also instructs mothers in the basics of breastfeeding.
WIC clinics provide breastfeeding aids such as electric breast pumps. For support in breastfeeding call our clinics. Certified Lactation Educators are available for consulatation.
WIC offers a food package for participants who exclusively breastfeed their babies. This food package includes canned tuna fish and carrots as well as additional amounts of milk, cereal, cheese, juice, and peanut butter or dry beans already receiving.
What Food Does WIC Provide?
Participantís exchange WIC food vouchers at authorized retail grocery stores.
Foods for Infants (Birth-12 mo.)
In some cases, when medical conditions contraindicate use of the WIC contract brand of formula, infants may receive a non-contract brand of formula or a special formula. Before a WIC agency can issue any formula other than the contract brand, the client must obtain a WIC Substitution Form and have their physician fill out and complete the form.
Foods for Women and Children
Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive carrots and canned tuna fish.
Special formulas or nutritional supplements are also available to women and children participants with certain medical conditions. Before a WIC agency can issue any formula other than the contract brand, the client must obtain a WIC Substitution Form and have their physician fill out and complete the form.