Effective October 1, 2016, The Ohio WIC Program will begin to transition to Gerber brand infant formulas.

See details below, "Infant Formula Change".

What is WIC? WIC was established as a permanent program in 1974 to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. This mission is carried out by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services. Read this for more information. 

How WIC Helps

WIC supplemental foods have shown to provide wide ranging benefits.  They include longer, safer pregnancies, with fewer premature births and infant deaths; improved dietary outcomes for infants and children; improved maternal health; and improved performance at school, among others.  In addition to health benefits, WIC participants showed significant savings in healthcare costs when compared to non-participants.  Learn more about how WIC helps.

What food benefits do WIC participants receive?

Food assortment

The foods provided through the WIC Program are designed to supplement participants’ diets with specific nutrients. WIC authorized foods include infant cereal, baby foods,

iron-fortified adult cereal, fruits and vegetables, vitamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, soy-based beverages, tofu, peanut butter, dried and canned

beans/peas, canned fish, whole wheat bread and other whole-grain options. For infants of women who do not fully breastfeed, WIC provides iron-fortified infant formula. Special infant formulas and medical foods may also be provided if medically indicated. Learn more about food benefits.

Program benefits include more than food.

WIC benefits are not limited only to food. Participants have access to a number of resources, including health screening, nutrition and breastfeeding peer support, immunization screening and referral, substance abuse referral, and more. View videos about a WIC visit and how to redeem WIC benefits.

Am I eligible?

Pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who meet certain requirements are eligible. These requirements include income eligibility and State residency. Additionally, the applicant must be individually determined to be at “nutrition risk” by a health professional.  Find out if you might be income eligible for WIC benefits and print your paperwork to complete at home prior to your appointment.

Focus on Breastfeeding

Baby finger

Even though breast milk is the most nutritious and complete source of food for infants, nationally less than 30% of infants are breastfed at 1 year of age. A major goal of the WIC Program is to improve the nutritional status of infants; therefore, WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants.  Pregnant women and new WIC mothers are provided breastfeeding educational materials and support through mother centered guidance. Explore the benefits of breastfeeding and find helpful resources here or view infographic.

WIC Facts

  • If you participate in another assistance program you may be automatically income-eligible for WIC.
  • Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers and receive more foods.
  • More than half of the infants in the U.S. participate in WIC.
  • WIC participants support the local economy through their purchases.
  • WIC works with farmers markets to help increase participant access to provide fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Find out more.

Voter Registration at WIC Clinics

The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, Public Law 103-31, provides that WIC clinics serve as voter registration assistance sites throughout Ohio. Applicants can register to vote at any WIC clinic in their communities, or registration can be completed through the online services of the Secretary of State’s office.

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: (202) 690-7442

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

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