Public Health Department (PHD)

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FAQ's

What is WIC?

 

WIC is the Women, Infants & Children Supplemental Nutrition Program for income eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women and children under age five who have a nutritional need.  WIC is a federally funded program, administered by the California Department of Health Services.

 

What Are The Goals of the WIC Program?

 

  • To decrease the complications of pregnancy
  • To prevent low birth weight babies
  • To decrease iron deficiency anemia
  • To promote and support breastfeeding
  • To promote optimum growth and development of infants and young children

 

Who Is Eligible for WIC?

  • Low to moderate income families who have incomes at 185% or less of the Federal Poverty level
  • Eligible family members:
    • Women who are pregnant, post-partum, or breastfeeding
    • Infants
    • Children under age five (including foster children)
  • Working families may be eligible

At WIC, participants receive an initial nutrition assessment screening to determine nutritional need.

 

 

How Can WIC Help?

 

  • WIC participants get personalized nutrition education.
  • WIC families learn more about having a healthy pregnancy and providing healthy meals and snacks for their children.
  • Participants learn parenting and child safety skills.
  • WIC famiels receive education, help and support with breastfeeding.
  • Families save money on food.
  • Families get help finding health care and other community services they might need.
  • WIC saves health care dollars.

 

Where Can I Find WIC?

 

WIC has local offices all over California.  Call 1-877-275-8805 or 1-888-WIC-WORKS (1-888-942-9675) for a WIC office nearest your home.

Nutrition Services

(877) 275-8805