What is WIC?
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – better known as the WIC Program – serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.
The WIC target population are low-income, nutritionally at risk:
* Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
* Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday)
* Non breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends, including miscarriage)
* Infants (up to 1st birthday). WIC serves 53 percent of all infants born in the United States.
* Children up to their 5th birthday.
How do I know if I’m eligible for WIC?
* (WIC Prescreening Tool) – http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf
* (WIC Prescreening Tool) – http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf (EN Espanola)
GACFHC WIC Clinic Locations and Hours of Operation
- Canton – 1111 West Peace Street, Canton, MS 39046
601-859-9193 (Clinic), 601-859-1717 (Food Center)
- Yazoo City – 1547 Jerry Clower Blvd. Yazoo City, MS 39194
662-749-9417 (Clinic), 662-746-2484 (Food Center)
- Belzoni – 1301 First Street, Belzoni, MS 39038
Hours of Operation
- Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays – 8:00AM – 4:30 PM
- Wednesdays – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Fridays – 8:00AM – 1:30 PM
WIC and Nutritional Related Services Provided
- WIC Certification for Pregnant Women, Postpartum Women, Breastfeeding Women, Infants under age 1, and Children under age 5.
- Weight, Height, and Iron Checks
- Nutritional Education for stages throughout the life cycle
- Specialized assessments for high risk clients including premature infant and infants who need special formulas, pregnant mothers with diabetes, and infant and children with digestive or developmental disorders.
- Breastfeeding Education and Support including classes, home visits, and provisions for breastfeeding supplies, including breast pumps.
- In house referrals for medical and dental care.
- Outside referrals for Special Program such as Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Job Training Programs, and many other community, state, and federal programs.
- Much, much, more
Breastfeeding Services Provided
Mississippi WIC Breastfeeding Info – http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/41,0,144.html
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do I have to be a patient of GACFHC in order to get WIC? – No all people are well at any time.
- I don’t have all of the information I need in order to sign up. What do I do? – Come in or call and apply. We will examine your situation and work to get you or your child certified for WIC as soon as possible.
- Do I have to come with my child or can I send someone else? – For initial visits, a parent/guardian must come. Designated adults may come after that point.
- We (I) don’t speak English. Can I apply? – Yes, we have onsite and Language Line Translators available
- WIC Fact Sheet – http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/wic/WIC-Fact-Sheet.pdf
- (More to Come)
- Online WIC Lessons – (these lessons will count as your second nutrition education for ages 1 and over. – http://www.mswiconline.org/
- Mississippi WIC Homepage – http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/41,0,128.html
- Federal WIC Homepage – http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/about-wic
- 2016-2017 WIC Income Guidelines – http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/wic/WIC-IEGS-WEB-185-16-17.pdf
- Mississippi Medicaid Applications – https://medicaid.ms.gov/medicaid-coverage/how-to-apply/