WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN PROGRAM

 

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The Women Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition program is considered one of the most successful federally funded nutrition programs in the country. WIC is committed to improving the health of eligible pregnant women, new mothers, and children by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods, and referrals to health and social programs during the critical stages of fetal and early childhood development.

 

SERVICES

Nutrition Education

Nutrition education is the core of the WIC program. WIC provides nutrition counseling support and education to set the stage for a lifetime of health and nutritional success for families.

Food Vouchers

WIC also provides food vouchers to eligible families made payable to stores throughout Lancaster County. Based on individual needs, participants can receive:

 

Women & Children

Infants

Milk and soy beverages

Infant cereal

Cheese

Infant fruits and vegetables

Eggs

Infant meats

Peanut butter

Iron-fortified formula

Dried or canned beans

Specialized infant formula for babies at-risk with special nutritional needs

Whole grains

Fruits and vegetables

 

Tofu

 

 

 

Farmer's Market Nutrition Program

WIC established the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) to provide fresh, nutritious, and unprepared foods (like fruits and vegetables) from farmer's markets to eligible women and children. WIC staff issue vouchers from June through September when local fresh produce is readily available through preapproved farmers' markets.

Breastfeeding Support

The WIC program places heavy emphasis on the benefits of breastfeeding because it is a critical public health concern. Mother's milk should be the main source of nutrition for infants. Although feeding formula is culturally normal, the health risks are numerous. Feeding formula and failing to breastfeed increases the likelihood of encountering the following health risks:

 

Infants

Mothers

Respiratory and ear infections

Breast and ovarian cancer

Allergies

Obesity

Gastroenteritis

Osteoporosis

Obesity

Anemia

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

 

Lower IQ

 

Chronic diseases (i.e. diabetes, asthma and childhood cancers)

 

 

* WIC provides pumps for participants who need them, as well as breastfeeding counseling for all nursing mothers on the program.

 

PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS

    • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania
    • Have a medical or nutritional risk
    • Have a household gross income that does not exceed 185% of U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines (see income chart below); with unborn child (ren) included in family size
    • Applicants currently on Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and SNAP (former Food Stamp program) are eligible, but income documentation is required
    • Women who are pregnant, or had a baby in the past 6 months or 12 months if breastfeeding
    • Infants and children under age five, including foster children
    • WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status.

 

WIC INCOME GUIDELINES:

Family Size:

(Approx.)
*Monthly:

*Annually:

1

$1,771

$21,257

2

$2,391

$28,694

3

$3,010

$36,131

4

$3,630

$43,568

5

$4,250

$51,005

6

$4,869

$58,442

7

$5,488

$65,879

8

$6,107

$73,316

For each additional family member, add:

$619

$7,437

 

*Gross income effective July 1, 2013. Foster Children are eligible.
MA, TANF, and SNAP (Food Stamp) clients are eligible, but must provide income documentation.
WIC is funded under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Health using funds provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.

 

See our Frequently Asked Questions below or contact us for more information.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Michael McKenna, Director

717.509.3686

717.431.2598 (fax)

mmckenna@caplanc.org

 

Community Action Program of Lancaster County

601 S. Queen Street

P.O. Box 599

Lancaster, PA 17608

 

 

OFFICE LOCATIONS

Lancaster City                             Columbia

601 S. Queen Street                     406 Chestnut Street
Lancaster, PA  17603                    Columbia, PA  17512

717.509.3686                               717.684.0046
1.800.732.0018                            717.684.2463 (fax)
717.431.2598 (fax)                          

Ephrata                                        Quarryville
40 East Main Street                      349 Buck Road, Suite 1
Ephrata, PA 17522                        Quarryville, PA  17566

717.738.0355                               717.786.8542
717.733.7140 (fax)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are WIC services free?
A: WIC services are free to women, infants and children who have nutrition risk and meet income guidelines.

Q: What does WIC consider as income?
A: Applicants are required to bring in proof of all sources of income for the entire household for verifying income eligibility. Examples would be current employment pay stubs, Social Security benefits, SSI benefits, Public Assistance (Medical Assistance, Cash Assistance and/or Food Stamps), Alimony or Child Support payments, Unemployment Compensation, Worker's Compensation, and other cash income. A teen living with parents must bring in total household income. WIC does include the income of both parents, including stepparents and boyfriend's income, whether they are all living together as a family unit or separately from parents. WIC encourages applicants to phone the office with any questions regarding income eligibility.

Q: What about fathers and grandparents?
A: Fathers can enroll their child(ren) and bring them to appointments, attend nutrition education classes and redeem food vouchers, which is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.

Grandparents who have custody of grandchildren under five may apply on their behalf.

Q: What is a proxy?
A: A proxy is a designated person who acts on behalf of the WIC parent/caretaker to come to WIC to pick up food vouchers and/or to go to the grocery store to redeem them.

Q: Why is WIC considered one of the most successful federally funded nutrition programs?
A: Studies conducted by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services and other non-governmental entities have found several areas of success. For example:

    • WIC reduces fetal death, infant mortality and low birth weight rates.
    • WIC mothers are more likely to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy and to carry their infant full-term.
    • WIC services positively influence the nutrient intakes of women and children, significantly reducing anemia and improving children's diets.
    • Participation in WIC dramatically improves the Healthy Eating Index Scores for the household.
    • Improved rates of: childhood immunizations, use of health care services and the health status of infants and children.

 

RESOURCES

WIC Tips Newsletters

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Pennsylvania WIC Online

My Plate

American Dietetic Association

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center

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In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, WIC is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. If you require this information in alternative format (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (Voice or TDD). If you require information about this program, activity, or facility in a language other than English, contact USDA's Supplemental Foods Program, Mid-Atlantic Region, 300 Corporate Boulevard, Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691-1598. To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call, toll free, (866) 632-9992 (voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

 



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