Who Is Eligible for WIC?
Pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age may participate if they are Michigan residents from low-to middle income households (185% of poverty and/or Medicaid or food stamp eligible) and are determined to be at nutritional or health risk by the Community Action Agency WIC staff.
What is WIC?
- Electronic Benefits for free nutritional foods.
- Supplements the diets of children, pregnant and postpartum women with important nutrients.
- Helps correct and prevent malnutrition.
- Provides nutrition and health screenings to identify possible problems.
- Provides nutrition education.
- Encourages/promotes breastfeeding. Lactation consultants are available to insure establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding.
- Results in smarter children with better cognitive skills.
- Provides formula for the first year for infants who are not breast-fed or only partially breastfed.
- Saves families money so they can purchase other groceries.
- Provides special "Project Fresh" coupons during the summer months on a one-time basis for families to use to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Provides moral support for women/families in transition through one-on-one contacts and our friendly WIC staff.
- Registered Dietitians at WIC provide individualized high risk nutrition counseling for participants with special medical conditions or nutrition-related health issues.
- Peer counselors at WIC offer mother to mother breastfeeding education, support, and help for mothers and babies.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year of an infant’s life. WIC has trained personnel ready to assist mothers with the basics of breastfeeding and provides breastfeeding classes.
Additional Program Information
WIC reduces infant mortality. When a child is on WIC from birth through the time their eligibility ends, a family can save up to $3,000 on grocery bills. 4 to 5 year olds participating in WIC in early childhood have better vocabularies and digit memory scores than children not participating in WIC.
Project Fresh is an educational program in partnership with MSU Extension which provies participants with coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmer's markets. Project fresh can help you learn how to:
- choose new locally grown produce
- prepare a fruit or vegetable in a new way
- store and preserve fresh fruits and vegetables
- increase fruit and vegetable consumption
- find other community resources that can benefit you
Download the 2016 PROJECT FRESH INFORMATION
2106 Fresh Farmer's Market is held at 400 W. South St. in Adrian on Thursday Evening July 14th (5:30PM-7:00PM) and Friday July 15th, and 22nd and is open to the public.
For more information contact: Tami Gilbert, RN-WIC Program Coordinator at Lenawee Community Action Agency office: 517-263-7861 or 800-438-1845.
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.