The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program provides women and young children in low-income families with services to help improve pregnancy outcome, reduce infant mortality and give children a healthy start through nutritious supplemental food and education.
These services include nutrition counseling and education, breast-feeding support and education, a health resource library and vouchers for food supplements.
WIC clinics in your district are located at your county health department, with the exception of Clarke (East Athens Clinic) and Jackson (Commerce Clinic) counties.
The WIC Program is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for:
- Infants and Children age 1 to 5 years (including foster children)
- Pregnant Women
- Breastfeeding Mothers (up to 1 year)
- Postpartum Women (up to 6 months)
The WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program provides women, infants and young children the following:
- Special checks to purchase healthy foods from WIC-authorized vendors such as milk, eggs, bread, cereal, juice, peanut butter and other foodstuffs
- Information about nutrition and health to help you & your family eat well and be healthy
- Support and information about breastfeeding your baby
- Help in finding health care and other community services
Who Qualifies for WIC?
Generally, WIC is available to:
- low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women
- low-income parent or guardian who is the sole provider of children under age five who are at nutritional risk and are at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Check income guidelines for more information
You can take the WIC Eligibility Assessment to see if you qualify (this online tool is only a preliminary assessment) or schedule an appointment at your local WIC clinic. At your appointment, WIC staff will check/verify that you and your family qualify.
Check with your local WIC clinic for appointment scheduling. Available days and times vary by health department clinic hours.
Important Reminders for the WIC Program Participants:
- WIC is a nutrition education program. Clients will meet with a nutritionist or nurse at every WIC appointment
- You must bring your WIC folder to every appointment. This folder is your WIC identification
- You must be on time for your appointments; WIC clinics are very busy, and schedules are generally full. Rescheduling an appointment may take more than a week
Acceptable Proof of Identification, Residency and Income for Women, Infants and each Child (one form of ID per person is required).
For more information about the WIC program, contact your local health department.