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WIC
Women, Infants & Children

                            


What is WIC?

WIC is a nutrition education program.  WIC provides nutritious foods which promote good health for pregnant women, women who just had a baby, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age five.

Who is Eligible for WIC?

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a baby less than six months old, and infants and children up to five years old are eligible to apply for WIC.

To qualify for services you must:

  • Live in Ohio
  • Meet WIC income guidelines
  • Meet certain nutritional or health risks

What does WIC provide?

  • Nutrition education and support
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Referral for health care
  • Immunization screening and referral
  • Supplemental foods like:
    • Milk
    • Cereal
    • Juice
    • Eggs
    • Peanut butter or beans
    • Infant formula
    • Tuna fish and carrots (if you are exclusively breastfeeding)

How do I apply?

  • Make an appointment
    • Call the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6800 or Toll Free in Ottawa County at   1-800-788-8803 to schedule an appointment to meet with a WIC staff member or call 1-800-755 GROW for locations and more information.
  • See if you qualify
    • All it takes is a visit to your local WIC clinic to see if you qualify for services.
  • Receive WIC coupons
    • If you are eligible, you will receive coupons to buy healthy foods at local WIC-approved grocery stores.

 

What do I bring to my first visit?

  • Proof of income (current pay stubs, approval letter for Health Start, Ohio Works First, Food Stamps, or current Medicaid card)
  • Proof of address (utility or credit bill, or Ohio driverís license)
  • Proof of identity for you and any other applicants (birth certificate, driverís license, Medicaid card, crib card, shot record)
  • All family members applying for WIC services
  • If pregnant, a doctorís statement showing due date
  • Childrenís shot records

 

 OHIO WIC PROGRAM INCOME GUIDELINES*

 

Economic Unit

 

Annual

 

Monthly

 

Twice Monthly

 

Biweekly

 

Weekly

1

$20,665

$1,723

$  862

$  795

 $  398

2

  27,991

  2,333

1,167

1,077

    539

3

  35,317

  2,944

1,472

1,359

    680

4

 42,643

  3,554

1,777

1,641

   821

5

  49,969

  4,165

2,083

1,922

   961

6

  57,295

  4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

  64,621

  5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

  71,947

  5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

9

  79,273

  6,607

3,304

3,049

1,525

10

  86,599

  7,217

3,609

3,331

1,666

11

  93,925

  7,828

3,914

3,613

1,807

12

 101,251

  8,438

4,219

3,895

1,948

13

108,577

  9,049

4,525

4,177

2,089

14

115,903

  9,659

4,830

4,458

2,229

15

123,229

  10,270

5,135

4,740

2,370

16

130,555

10,880

5,440

5,022

2,511

 

*Guidelines effective July 1, 2012.  If you are unsure of income eligibility, contact your local WIC office.

 

 

Note:  A pregnant woman counts as more than one family member.  A person who currently receives Medicaid, Food Stamps, or Ohio Works First (OWF) will automatically meet the income eligibility criteria for WIC.




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