WIC

The Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program provides nutrition education and nutritious foods to promote good health for pregnant women, women who just had a baby, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5.

The mission of WIC is to improve the health status and prevent health problems among Ohio’s at-risk women, infants, and children.

Call us for more information at (740) 383-5533.

Eligibility

Pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants birth through 12 months, and children ages 1 to 5 are eligible for WIC if they are:

  • Present at their appoint and provide proof of identity
  • Residents of the State of Ohio
  • Determined by health professionals to be at medical/nutritional risk; and
  • Meet income guidelines (185% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines)

You can click here to use an online prescreening tool to determine WIC eligibility.

Ohio WIC Program Income Guidelines

To be eligible for WIC, the gross countable income of the economic unit, of which the applicant/participant is a member, must be less than or equal to the Ohio WIC program income guidelines for economic unit size provided in the following chart.  WIC income guidelines are updated each year.

WIC Program Income Guidelines (Effective 07-01-2013)

Services Provided by WIC

  • Nutrition education and support
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Referral for health care
  • Immunization screening and referral
  • Voter Registration
  • Supplemental foods such as: milk, cereal, whole grains, juice, fruits, vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, beans, infant formula, infant cereal, baby food, tuna/salmon (if you are breastfeeding), and cheese (if you are breastfeeding)

Benefits of Being Enrolled in WIC

  • You receive nutrition education for yourself and your children, including great recipes
  • You get nutritious foods at no cost
  • WIC helps save you money.  You can use the saved money to purchase other foods that WIC does not provide
  • WIC helps babies and children grow up healthy!

How to Apply for WIC

All it takes is a visit to your local WIC clinic to see if you qualify.  Call the WIC office at (740) 383-5533 to schedule an appointment to meet with a WIC staff member.

What to Bring with You on Your First Visit

  • Proof of income (current pay stubs, approval letter for Healthy Start, Ohio Works First, Food Stamps, or current Medicaid Card)
  • Proof of address (utility or credit bill, or Ohio driver’s license)
  • Proof of identity for you and any other applicants (birth certificate, driver’s license, Medicaid car, crib card, shot record)
  • All family members applying for WIC services
  • If pregnant, a doctor’s statement showing due date
  • Children’s shot records

Text4Baby

Have you ever faced questions and wished you had answers being new to motherhood? Maybe you’re expecting and have questions! There are many education websites available and advice available through WIC, however, now you can now visit Text4Baby! Please visit the Text4Baby website to learn more and to sign up.

Breastfeeding Support

The Ohio WIC program promotes breastfeeding as normal and natural infant feeding. Ohio WIC also teaches mothers how to breastfeed and overcome problems. Click here to learn more about breastfeeding services offered by Marion Public Health through its WIC program.

Resources

Ohio WIC Program

WIC Works

WIC Nutrition on the net

American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Kelly Mom

Breastfeeding

Women’s Health – Breastfeeding

Le Leche League of the United States – Breastfeeding support group

To find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in your area go to www.ohio-olca.org

National Breastfeeding Helpline 1-800-994-9662 (TDD 1-888-220-5446)

The information provided on these websites may not be written by a physician or health care provider. Always consult your health care provider or lactation consultant before making decisions regarding your individual situation.

 

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.