July 01, 2016
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Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

 

WIC - Nutrition for you and your family

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a free nutrition education program that helps families identify healthy nutrition choices that work for them.

Why WIC?
Women on WIC eat a healthier diet, have healthier babies and receive early prenatal care.

Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and have improved growth and development rates.

Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, and visit their doctors regularly.Coming Soon: Oregon eWIC

Eligibility

You are eligible for WIC if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Live in Oregon
  • Are a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant or a child under 5 years old
  • Have a nutritional need
  • Have a household income that meets the current income guidelines.

*Fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children.

WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines
(May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016)
Household Size Monthly Weekly
1 person (s) $1,815 $419
2 $2,456 $567
3 $3,098 $715
4 $3,739 $863
5 $4,380 $1,011
6 $5,022 $1,159
7 $5,663 $1,307
8 $6,304 $1,455

Check to see if you may be eligible for WIC benefits

*You are automatically income-eligible for WIC if you get TANF, food stamps or the Oregon Health Plan.

What WIC Participants Receive

  • fruit & juiceNutrition education and counseling specific to individual needs during pregnancy, breastfeeding and early childhood. We have a Registered Dietitian on staff who is available to help participants with special nutritional needs
  • Referrals to other community or county resources and services
  • Breastfeeding support and breast pumps for moms who are eligible. Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available
  • Mental health counselors are available in the Jackson County WIC Program, and are available for postpartum and prenatal, depression, and anxiety counseling
  • Monthly vouchers for supplemental foods:
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Dried beans or peas
  • Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
  • 100% Fruit juice
  • Baby food
  • Peanut butter
  • Cereal
  • Whole wheat bread, corn tortillas or brown rice
  • Canned tuna or salmon

*Vouchers are redeemable at the many local grocery stores that participate with WIC. Fruit and vegetable vouchers can be used at the local Farmers Market and designated Farm Stands.

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How WIC helps Jackson County Families

  • WIC reduces fetal and infant deaths
  • WIC reduces low birth weight rates and increases the duration of pregnancy
  • WIC improves infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding
  • WIC improves the growth of nutritionally at-risk infants and children
  • WIC decreases the incidence of iron deficiency anemia in children
  • WIC improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women and improves weight gain in pregnant women
  • Pregnant women participating in WIC receive prenatal care earlier
  • Children enrolled in WIC are more likely to have a regular source of medical care and have more up to date immunizations
  • WIC helps get children ready to start school: children who receive WIC benefits demonstrate improved intellectual development
  • WIC significantly improves children’s diets
  • WIC improves savings in health care costs
  • WIC promotes physical activity

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to apply for WIC please call our office to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available Monday- Friday at our Medford office and once a month in Ashland and Rogue River. Evening appointments may be available upon request in the Medford office.

Jackson County WIC Office
140 S. Holly Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 774-8203