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What Does WIC Provide?

The WIC program demonstrates positive effects on pregnancy outcomes and child growth and development by providing:

Food

  • Infants:

    • Iron-fortified infant formula is available for babies who are not fully breastfed for the first year of life.

    • Infants may also receive infant cereal and baby food in jars during the first year, and special formula for infants with specific medical conditions.

  • Women and Children:

    • Pregnant and postpartum women and children under 5 years of age participating in WIC and may receive foods such as, milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter or dried beans /peas, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a variety of whole grains.

    • Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive extra food, including carrots and canned fish.

    • Soy milk or special formulas or nutritional supplements may  also be available to participating women and children who have certain medical conditions or dietary restrictions.

Michigan WIC Food List

Nutrition Education

  • WIC participants receive assistance with: Infant and toddler feeding, breastfeeding, prenatal weight gain, anemia or iron deficiency, child growth and development, and other nutrition related health issues.

Breastfeeding Promotion and Support

  • WIC encourages women to breastfeed because of the many health and other benefits for both baby and mother.

  • Calhoun County WIC now has breastfeeding peer counselors and an IBCLC (Lactation Consultant) in house to provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, technical counseling, educational resources, and breast pumps for mothers returning to work or school. A peer counselor can be reached 24 hours a day by phone via a "warm line" at 269-339-1669.

    WIC provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and counseling in collaboration with the USDA national breastfeeding promotion campaign. Loving Support(C) Makes Breastfeeding Work, as well as educational resources and breast pumps for mothers returning to work or school.

  • CCPHD WIC maintains a Facebook page called "WIC Breastfeeding Connections" in support of breastfeeding.

High-Risk Nutrition Counseling

  • WIC Registered Dietitians provide individualized nutrition counseling for participants with special medical conditions or nutrition-related health issues.

Health Care Referrals

  • WIC receives referrals from private and public health care providers and provides referrals for immunizations, substance abuse counseling and treatment, prenatal care, smoking cessation, lead screening, the Healthy Kids/MI Child program, and more.

  • WIC encourages persons already receiving medical services to remain under their physicians’ care, encourages well-child visits and routine health and dental care.

Project FRESH (WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program [FMNP])

  • FMNP, also known as Project FRESH, provides eligible WIC participants with coupons to purchase seasonal locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets. This program runs annually through the summer into fall.  WIC participants receive these benefits in addition to their WIC food package and nutrition education.

    The Project FRESH program enhances farmers' earnings and supports participation in farmers' markets. This program partners with the Michigan State University Extension, local farmers, and farmer's markets to promote healthy eating and fruit and vegetable consumption.
 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 
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