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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program – Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children under 5 years of age. WIC provides healthy foods at the right time to promote good growth and development.

Find a list of WIC-approved foods and stores, resources for nutrition education, income guidelines and more at Oregon WIC.

Do you qualify for WIC?

How we help

  • Women on the WIC program have access to healthy foods, breastfeeding support, receive prenatal care earlier, and generally have healthier babies
  • WIC provides a unique set of services to help families give their children a healthy start
  • WIC helps support healthy pregnancies
  • Decrease the number of low birth weight infants
  • Helps prevent chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease
  • Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more at birth, grow and develop better
  • Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, visit their doctors more regularly and receive their shots on time

What we do

  • Monthly vouchers for specific nutritious foods
  • Nutrition and Physical activity education and counseling (individual and group classes)
  • Breast pumps (in specific circumstances)
  • Breastfeeding Education and support
  • Individual growth and health assessments
  • Summer farmer’s market coupons for fruits and vegetables
  • Referrals to other health programs like immunization, prenatal, and other social service programs

Who we serve

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women with children under 12 months of age
  • Non-breastfeeding women with children under 6 months of age
  • Infants and children under 5 years of age
  • Father, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children

To qualify

  • Live in Oregon
  • Have a household income less than 185% of federal poverty guidelines (If you currently receive TANF, Food Stamps or the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), you are automatically eligible.) 
  • Have a nutritional need or risk
  • Timeline for services:
    • Pregnant women can get WIC throughout pregnancy
    • Breastfeeding women can get WIC for up to one year after delivery
    • Women who have just given birth but are not breastfeeding can get WIC until six months after delivery
    • Children are able to receive WIC until they are 5 and are evaluated every six months to see if they are still eligible 

You do not have to be US citizen to get WIC services.

Learn more about income and eligibility guidelines at Oregon WIC.

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