Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
What is WIC?
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for Women (pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding), Infants (birth to one year old), and Children under the age of 5 years. WIC provides nutrition education, supplemental nutritious foods and breastfeeding education and support. WIC is an important part of your children’s lives during critical times of growth and development to make sure they can avoid health and growth problems. The program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality (death in the first year of life) by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries and physical abnormalities) and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets.
Who is eligible for WIC?
Eligibility is determined by WIC staff on the day of your appointment.
The requirements are:
- Breastfeeding mother who has a baby less than one year old
- An infant (less than a year) or a child up to five years old
- A women who has had a baby less than six months ago
- Live in Ohio and the county in which you are applying
- Determined by health professionals to be at medical/nutritional risk
- Meet income guidelines
What does WIC Offer?
- Nutrition Education
- Breastfeeding Education and Support
- Supplemental Food(milk, eggs, cereal, fruit juice, peanut butter, fresh, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits, dried and canned beans, Tofu, soy milk, whole grains, canned tuna/salmon, strained baby food, infant cereal and formula
- Farmers Market Nutrition Program
- Medical/Social Service Referrals
- Voter Registration
How Can YOU Apply?
Call one of our clinics for an appointment:
Boardman WIC, 3910 Hillman Way, 330-788-1485
Youngstown City Health Department, 345 Oak Hill Avenue, 330-743-3333 #5
Austintown WIC, 50 Westchester Drive, 330-792-2397 ext. 227 or 222
Bring the following with you to the appointment:
- Proof of household income (current check stubs, approval letter for Healthy Start, Ohio Works First, Food Stamp card or Medicaid Benefits Letter,.)
- Proof of identification for yourself with your birthday on it ( birth certificate, driver’s license, WIC ID, Medicaid card)
- Proof of identification and age for your child, must have the birth date on it ( birth certificate, crib card, shot record, WIC ID, Medicaid card)
- Proof of residence showing your name and current adderss (utility or credit card bill, or Ohio drivers license)
- If pregnant, a doctor’s statement that will verify due date
- Children’s shot records
- Bring the child/children
- Be on time for your appointment