Women, Infants & Children
WIC is a Free Nutrition Program
WIC is a free health and nutrition program created in 1972 to help low-income families. It helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age five to eat well and stay healthy. WIC provides free healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling and referrals to other helpful services and community resources. To apply for WIC benefits, you must make an appointment at your local WIC agency.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR WIC SERVICES?
You are eligible if you meet the following four requirements:
1) (At least one of the following are true)
• you are pregnant OR
• you are postpartum with an infant less than 6 months of age OR
• you are breastfeeding an infant who is less than 1 year of age OR
• you have a child under age 5 years of age
(Note: Parents, caregivers, and foster parents can apply for their infant and child)
2) You live in Michigan
3) You must meet the WIC income guidelines listed below
4) You have a medical-based or dietary-based condition. For example, anemia, underweight, or a history of poor pregnancy outcomes, or poor nutritional intake. The health professional at the WIC clinic determine if you qualify for one of these conditions.
2015 WIC Income Guidelines
WHAT DOES WIC PROVIDE?
WIC is a free Nutrition Program that helps clients eat well and stay healthy. The WIC Program provides:
• supplemental foods
• high risk counseling
• breastfeeding education and support
• health care referrals
• Project FRESH
This program offers mother to mother breastfeeding education, support, and help for mothers and babies.
A peer counselor is a mother who has breastfed and received special training to be able to help other mothers.
She can help:
Talk with you by phone or in person
in the clinic.
· Share heart to heart information about breastfeeding.
· Free Breastfeeding classes
You can contact a Peer Counselors by calling 1-877-526-2438
WHERE ARE THE WIC CLINICS LOCATED?
OLHSA has 6 WIC locations in Oakland County.
Lutheran Church of
5300 W. Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Karl Richter Center
920 Baird Street
Holly, MI 48442
Department of Human
235 North Saginaw, MI 48343
1685 Baldwin Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48340
Town Hall Building – Addison
1440 Rochester Rd.
Leonard, MI 48367
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING FOR MY WIC APPOINTMENT?
There are a few items you will need to bring to your WIC appointment:
· valid driver’s license
· Check stub will be needed if currently working.
· Medicaid cards for the children or for the mother if pregnant.
· Proof of pregnancy, if pregnant.
· If you have recently given birth, documentation from the hospital stating correctly your child’s name and birth date. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1(877)-526-2438.
Foods for Infants (Birth - 12 Months)
The WIC Program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. For babies who are not fully breastfed, iron-fortified infant formula is available for the first year of life.. At six months, infants may also receive infant cereal and infant fruits and vegetables. Infants that are fully breastfed may also receive infant meats.
Foods for Women and
Children (under age 5 years of age)
Pregnant and postpartum women and children participating in the WIC receive food benefits for milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, peanut butter, dried beans/peas or canned beans/peas, and fruit and vegetable juices, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain choices to include breads, tortillas, brown rice, and oatmeal. Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive extra food, including canned fish.
(Note: WIC foods are selected to meet nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A & C.
The WIC Food List Brochures.
WIC Food List ( English in PDF Format)
WIC Food List ( Spanish in PDF Format
WIC Food List ( Arabic in PDF Format)
Special Formulas and
Special formulas and nutritional supplements are available to WIC clients who have certain qualifying medical conditions. Standard prescriptions will not be accepted for special formula requests. The physician must fill out the required form. To obtain a copy of the required form see link below.
Qualifying medical conditions: Click HERE
WIC offers tips and advice to help you feed your family in healthy ways.
• Infant and toddler feeding
• Prenatal weight gain
• Anemia or iron deficiency
• Child growth and development and other nutrition related health issues.
WIC Nutrition Online Education
(Note: nutrition online directions click here (pdf direction inserted here)
- Complete the following steps TWO WEEKS before your benefits end.
- Log on to www.wichealth.org
- Click [Start HERE] or login to your existing account.
- If creating a new account, use your family number as your WIC ID which can be found on the printed documents from your appointment
- Enter your information as direct and follow the instructions
- Select OLHSA as your WIC Agency
- Select and complete an appropriate topic for your family
- After completing the survey, press continue
- Click on “Email your certificate”
- You will be contacted by phone within 10 business days to notify you of your benefit issuance.
- *Please contact us if you need to update your phone number or have a formula change
- Check your benefit balance at www.ebt.acs-inc.com Or by calling 1-877-526-2438
High Risk Counseling
Registered Dietitians at WIC provide individualized high risk nutrition counseling for participants with special medical conditions or nutrition-related health issue
Health Care Referrals
WIC works closely with the health care community, receiving referrals from private and public health care providers and providing referrals as needed for health and social services.
WIC refers participants for immunizations, substance abuse counseling and treatment, prenatal care, smoking cessation, lead screening, the Healthy Kids/MI Child program, and more.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. 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 Adjudication and Compliance, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
How WIC Makes a