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Frequently Asked Questions About WICWhat is WIC?
WIC is a food and nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Michigan Department of Community Health. Local agencies, such as health departments and non-profit organizations, deliver WIC services and benefits to the public.
WIC helps to correct or prevent malnutrition in low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants and children up to 5 years old who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. WIC provides supplemental food, offers professional nutrition education and makes referrals based on health screening and assessments of need.
What does WIC Provide?
Nutrition Education. Nutrition education is offered to all WIC participants or their care givers. The education must relate to the nutrition need of the individual and be of interest to them. Participants with high risk nutrition conditions are referred to a registered dietitian for a nutrition care plan & counseling. Common nutrition education topics include nutrition during pregnancy, infant feeding, nutrition during childhood, and wise food shopping. WIC encourages women to breastfeed because of many health benefits for both baby and mother. General nutrition education topics may be provided by EFNEP/FNP.
Referrals. An added benefit of the WIC Program is screening for other health problems and referrals to other appropriate health and social services. These referrals may be for Medicaid, MI-Child, Healthy Kids, Food Stamps, immunizations, child health screening, family planning, Project FRESH, EFNEP/FNP, and more.
Who is eligible for WIC?
How much do WIC services cost?
What must an applicant bring to an appointment?
What happens when someone applies for WIC?
How long is someone certified for the program?
If someone is working, can they apply for WIC?
Can someone be on WIC and food stamps at the same time?
If someone is no longer eligible for food stamps, are they eligible for WIC?
Can someone be on both WIC and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)?
How does someone apply for WIC?
Where can I get more information about WIC?
Email address for the WIC Division, Michigan Department of Community Health: MichiganWic@michigan.gov
In accordance with Federal law and Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Ajudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer (2/12).
De acuerdo con la lay federal y las politicas del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE.UU. (USDA, sigal en ingles), se le prohibe a esta institucion que discrimine por razon de raza, color, origen, sexo, edad, or discapacidad.
Para presentar una queja sobre discriminacion, escriba a USDA, Director, Office of Ajudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, o llame gratis al (866) 632-9992 (voz). Personas con discapacidad auditiva o del habla pueden contactar con USDA por medio del Servicio Federal de Relevo (Federal Relay Service) al (800) 845-6136 (espanol) o (800) 877-8339 (ingles). USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece oportunidad igual para todos.
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