|Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program
Service Description & Eligibility:
WIC is a health and nutrition program that has a positive effect on pregnancy outcomes, child growth, and
development. This is a federally-funded program that serves low and moderate income pregnant, breastfeeding
women, postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who may have a nutrition-related health problem.
WIC provides breastfeeding support and healthy foods, such as formula, milk, cheese, eggs, fortified cereal,
and peanut butter or dried beans or peas. Additional services include nutrition education, counseling, and
immunizations. WIC also has a positive effect on pregnancies, child growth and development. Here are some
facts about WIC:
- Each month, more than 200,000 moms, babies, and children less than age 5 receive nutritious foods from the Michigan WIC Program.
- WIC foods are worth $30-$112 or more per month for each participant.
- One out of every two babies born in Michigan receives WIC benefits.
- The earlier a pregnant woman receives nutritional benefits from WIC, the more likely she is to seek prenatal care and deliver a normal weight infant.
- For every dollar spent by this program, more than three dollars in health care costs are saved.
- Many families qualify financcially for the WIC program. Click here to get the financial guidelines.
- Local communities are supported with more than $120 million yearly when WIC foods are purchased at grocery stores and pharmacies.
To learn more, please call the WIC agency nearest you for more information or call 1-800-26-BIRTH. For the local phone number of the WIC agencies serving your county, see www.cmdhd.org
WIC nutrition education assists WIC participants with:
- Infant and toddler feeding
- Prenatal weight gain
- Anemia or iron deficiency
- Child growth and development and other nutrition related health issues.
High Risk Nutrition Counseling:
Registered Dietitians at WIC provide individualized high risk nutrition counseling for participants with
special medical conditions or nutrition-related health issues.
Lead Testing is available for WIC Participants:
Blood lead testing is encourages and available for all WIC children over 1 year of age. There is no fee
for those with Medicaid.
Breastfeeding Promotion and Support:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year of life. All WIC agencies
have trained personnel ready to assist mothers with the basics of breastfeeding.
Many WIC agencies have breastfeeding peer counselor support programs that provide mother-to-mother counseling.
In addition, WIC agencies provide educational resources and breast pumps for returning to work or school.
Health Care Referrals:
WIC works closely with the health care community, receiving referrals from private and public health care
providers and providing referrals as needed for health and social services. WIC refers participants for immunizations,
substance abuse counseling and treatment, prenatal care, smoking cessation, lead screening, the Healthy Kids/MI Child
program, and more. For more help to quit smoking visit this site. WIC encourages persons already receiving medical
services to remain under their physicians' care. WIC also encourages well-child visits and routine health and dental
Foods for Infants (Birth-12 Months):
The WIC Program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the preferred form of
infant nutrition for all babies. For babies who are not fully breastfed, iron-fortified infant formula is available
for the first year of life. Infants may also receive infant cereal and fruit juices during the first year. Infants
with specific medical diagnoses may receive a special formula. Breastfed babies receive additional food items that
formula fed babies do not receive.
Foods for Women and Children:
Pregnant and postpartum women and children (under 5 years of age) participating in WIC receive food benefits for milk,
cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter or dried beans or peas, and fruit or vegetable juices, fresh fruits and vegetables,
whole grain breads and tortillas. Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive extra food, including
canned tuna fish. Special formulas or nutritional supplements are also available to participating women and children
who have certain medical conditions. WIC foods are selected to meet nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid,
vitamins A & C. Participants buy food benefits at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies
Sample Food Package for a child for one month:
- 4 gallons of milk
- 1 pound of cheese
- $6.00 fresh fruits and vegetables
- 36 ounces of cereal
- 16 ounces of beans or 18 ounces of peanut butter
- 4 cans of juice
- 2 pounds of whole grain bread or tortillas
- 2 dozen eggs
The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), also known as Project FRESH, provides eligible WIC participants
with coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets. WIC participants receive
these nutrition benefits in addition to their WIC food package and nutrition education. The Project FRESH program
enhances farmers' earnings and supports participation in farmers' markets. This program partners with the Michigan
State University Extension, local farmers and farmer's markets to promote healthy eating and fruit and vegetable
Contact your local health department branch office for an appointment. Bring with you residency, identity and income
verification to your appointment.
To qualify the participant must meet financial guidelines (http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2942_4910_6329-12671--,00.html), and medical or nutritional risks. A family of four may earn up to $40,793.00 per year and still qualify for WIC benefits. There are charges for lead testing that apply unless child has Medicaid.
Hours: Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon; 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. If these hours are difficult
for you, ask the WIC staff about our late and early clinics. You must have an appointment to receive WIC benefits
Languages: English, Interpreters are available – please notify us in advance if needed.
Service Area: Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola, Roscommon Counties.