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The WIC Program

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutritious foods, nutrition counseling, and referrals to health and social services at no charge to the participants. 

You may be eligible for WIC if: 

  • You are pregnant 
  • You are breastfeeding or you have had a baby in the last six months 
  • You have infants or children up to five years old 
  • You meet income guidelines 

Call for more information and the location of a clinic closest to you. 

Eaton County (517) 541-2630
Barry County (269) 945-9516

How Does WIC Work?

The program serves low and moderate-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who have a nutrition-related health problem. 

The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care. 

WIC foods are selected to meet nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A&C. Participants utilize the electronic benefits card at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies.

What Does WIC Provide?

The WIC Program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. For women who choose not to breastfeed, iron-fortified formula is available for the first year of life. Beginning at six months of age, infants may also receive infant cereal and fruit juices.
Pregnant and postpartum women and children (under 5 years of age) participating in WIC receive an electronic benefits card for milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, peanut butter or dried beans or peas, and fruit or vegetable juices. Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive carrots and canned tuna fish in addition to the other foods.
The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), also known as Project FRESH, provides eligible WIC participants with coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets. WIC participants receive these nutrition benefits in addition to their WIC food package and nutrition education.

The program partners with the Michigan State University Extension, local farmers and farmer’s markets to promote healthy eating and fruit and vegetable consumption.

WIC nutrition education assists WIC participants with:

  • Infant feeding 
  • Breastfeeding 
  • Prenatal weight gain 
  • Anemia 
  • Child growth and development and other nutrition related health issues.
Registered dietitians at WIC provide individualized high-risk nutrition counseling for participants with special medical conditions or nutrition-related issues
WIC refers participants for health care, immunizations, substance abuse counseling, prenatal care, smoking cessation, lead screening, health insurance and more.
  • Benefits to Women and Newborns
  • Every WIC dollar spent on a pregnant woman saves more than three dollars in subsequent health care costs.
  • The earlier a woman receives nutritional benefits from WIC, the more likely she is to seek prenatal care and deliver a normal weight infant.
  • One out of every two babies born in Michigan receives WIC benefits
  • WIC participation lowers the rate of anemia among children.
  • WIC significantly improves children’s dietary intake.
  • 4- and 5- year-olds that participated in WIC in early childhood have better vocabularies and digit memory scores than comparable children who did not participate in WIC.
  • WIC participation leads to higher rates of immunization against childhood diseases.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

(1)        Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 

(2)        Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

(1)        Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 

(2)        Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.