WIC Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and is a federally-funded program that serves low to moderate income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5.
The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to other health care partners. WIC foods are selected to meet various nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A & C and fiber. Participants use a WIC Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to purchase food at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies. To read our WIC brochure, click here .
& CHILDREN (WIC)
For more information regarding WIC or to make a WIC appointment, please contact us at:
SANILAC COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
171 DAWSON ST., SUITE 123
SANDUSKY, MICHIGAN 48471
810-648-4098 EXT. 118
Visit the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services’ WIC website at: http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_4910---,00.html
WIC client portal: https://wiccp.state.mi.us/clientportal/
WIC Food Guide Changes http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Summary_of_WIC_Food_Guide_Changes_437202_7.pdf
WIC Income Calculation Reference Guide https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/Income_Calculation_Reference_sheet_625406_7.pdf
8:00am – 4:00pm
8:00am – 4:00pm
8:00am – 4:00pm
Late night clinics are the
1st & 3rd Monday of each month
from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
WHAT DOES WIC PROVIDE?
Foods for Infants (Birth to 12 Months)
The WIC Program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. For babies who are not fully breastfed, iron-fortified infant formula is available for the first year of life. The state contracts with one formula company to provide formula at a reduced price. At six months, infants may also receive infant cereal and infant fruits and vegetables. Infants that fully breastfeed may also receive infant meals.
Infants with a specific medical diagnosis may receive a special formula with a prescription from a doctor.
Foods for Women and Children
Pregnant and postpartum women and children (under 5 years of age) participating in WIC receive food benefits for milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter, dry beans/peas or canned beans/peas, and fruit or vegetable juices, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain choices to include breads, tortillas, brown rice and oatmeal. Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive extra food, including canned tuna fish.
Sample Food Package for a child for one month:
3 gallons of milk
1 pound of cheese
1 dozen eggs
36 oz. of cereal
18 oz. jar of peanut butter, 16 oz. dry beans/peas or 4 cans beans/peas
2 bottles of 64 oz. juice
2 pounds whole grains (bread, tortillas, brown rice or oatmeal)
$8.00 fresh fruits and vegetables
WIC nutrition education assists WIC participants with:
Infant and toddler feeding
Prenatal weight gain
Anemia or iron deficiency
Child growth and development and other nutrition-related health issues
High-Risk Nutrition Counseling
Registered Dieticians at WIC provide individualized high-risk nutrition counseling for participants with special medical conditions or nutrition-related issues.
Health Care Referrals
WIC works closely with the health care community, receiving referrals from private and public health care providers and providing referrals as needed for health and social services.
WIC refers participants for immunizations, substance abuse counseling and treatment, prenatal care, smoking cessation, lead screening, the Healthy Kids/MI Child program, MIHP, and more.
WIC encourages person already receiving medical services to remain under their physicians’ care. WIC also encourages well-child visits and routine health and dental care.
Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year of life. All WIC agencies have trained personnel ready to assist mothers with the basic of breastfeeding.
Many WIC agencies have breastfeeding peer counselor support programs that provide mother-to-mother counseling. In addition, WIC agencies provide educational resources and breast pumps for returning to work or school.
Breastfeeding Peer Counseling
Why Is Breastfeeding Important?
Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding
WIC Helps Moms & Babies with Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is Great for Mothers, Too
HOW WIC MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Benefits to Women and Newborns
WIC saves health care dollars. Every WIC dollar spent on a pregnant woman saves over $3.50 in federal, state, local and private health care costs.
(Source: WIC and the Nutrient Intake of Children, Victor Olivera and C. Gunderson, FRED, ERC, USDA, FANRR #5, March 2000)
WIC participation significantly increases the number of women receiving adequate prenatal care.
WIC participation dramatically lowers infant mortality among Medicaid beneficiaries.
WIC improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women. It also improves weight gain in pregnant women.
WIC participation decreases the incidence of low birth weight and lowers pre-term births.
Benefits to Children
WIC participation lowers the rate of anemia among children ages 6 months to 5 years.
WIC significantly improves children’s dietary intake of vitamins and nutrients such as iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamine, protein, niacin, and vitamin B6.
4- and 5-year olds who participated in WIC in early childhood have better vocabularies and digit memory scores than comparable children who did not participate in WIC.
WIC participation leads to higher rates of immunization against childhood diseases.
HOW DOES WIC WORK?
The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.
WIC foods are selected to meet nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A & C.
Participants exchange WIC food benefits at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies.
The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), also known as Project FRESH, provides eligible WIC participants with coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets. WIC participants receive these nutrition benefits in addition to their WIC food package and nutrition education.
The Project FRESH program enhances farmers’ earnings and supports participation in farmers’ markets.
This program partners with the Michigan State University Extension, local farmers and farmer’s markets to promote healthy eating and fruit and vegetable consumption.
For more information regarding breastfeeding, click on one of the links below:
Mom-to-Mom Breastfeeding Support:
MDHHS Breastfeeding Campaign:
Safe Sleep for Infants
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 at;
https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint. , 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
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com.