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What is WIC?

The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). WIC services in Calhoun County are provided by CCPHD in Battle Creek, Albion, and Marshall. Several WIC facts include:

  • One out of every two babies born in Michigan receives WIC benefits.
  • For every dollar spent by this program, more than three dollars in subsequent health care costs are saved.


Women and Newborns

  • 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.


  • 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, thiamin, protein, niacin, and vitamin B6.
  • 4- and 5-year-olds who participated in WIC during 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.

Who Does WIC Serve?

  • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who recently had a baby.
  • Infants from birth to 1 year of age.
  • Children from 1 year of age to their 5th birthday (child must be less than age 5).
  • Michigan residents meeting income and health guidelines.
  • The Income Calculation Reference Sheet will provide assistance to determine income.

“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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: program.intake@usda.gov.
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