Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Office hours: Starting May 5, 2014 (all by appointment):
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - 7:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday - 8:00am - 6:30pm
Friday - 8:00am - 2:30pm
Email: Patricia Sullivan, WIC Program Coordinator - email@example.com
WIC provides education and healthy foods to eligible participants!
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are nutritional risk. WIC provides nutritional assessment and education, referrals to health care and nutritious foods to supplement diets.
Who is eligible for WIC?
* Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
* Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1 st birthday).
* Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends).
* Infants (up to 1st birthday). WIC serves 45 percent of all infants born in the United States.
* Children up to their 5th birthday (fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children).
Participants must also:
* Must meet the income eligibility guidelines, which are set at or below 185% of the federal poverty income limit (WIC counts an unborn infant as a household member).
* Be at nutritional risk; WIC uses 2 broad categories of risk: medically based such as low birth weight and diet based, such as poor eating habits.
* Must live in Connecticut (WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status and participation in WIC will not affect your immigration or naturalization status).
What are the benefits?
* Individual time to speak with a nutritionist or trained professional about your diet or your child's diet
* Opportunity to meet and talk to other moms with young children.
* Referrals to health care and other social service programs.
* Checks to buy healthy food for you or your children.
WIC is an equal opportunity program. Persons who believe they have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability should write to the Secretary of Agriculture, USDA, Washington, D.C. 20250.