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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.

kidseatPopulation Served:

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

pregnancy-vital-foodsWIC 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:061114-b-real-commentary-stop-all-attacks-on-breastfeeding-women

  1. Do I have to be a patient of GACFHC  in order to get WIC? – No all people are well at any time.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. We (I) don’t speak English. Can I apply? – Yes, we have onsite and Language Line Translators available
  5. WIC Fact Sheet – http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/wic/WIC-Fact-Sheet.pdf
  6. (More to Come)

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