Women Infants & Children WIC

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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.

Income Eligibility Guidelines (Effective 6/22/2017)

Michigan WIC Food Guide (Effective 7/11/16)

 

      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 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.

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WIC Food Guide-English                 WIC Food Guide-Spanish

2017/ 2018 WIC Flyer                      WIC Approved Peanut Butter Brands

 

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.


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.