1. What is WIC?
WIC is a health and nutrition program for growing families. WIC helps families by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, vouchers for healthy foods, and referrals to healthcare and other community services. Choosing healthy foods while you're pregnant, learning how to breastfeed and taking care of you and your family's nutrition is a big job. WIC provides tools to support you. You can learn more about understanding your baby, breastfeeding, formula feeding, and starting solid foods.
- Feeding Your Child--Learn more about feeding your child, making mealtimes happy, vegetables, fast and healthy breakfast ideas, and healthy choices for kids.
- Feeding Yourself--Learn more about being a healthy mom, a food guide specifically for you, and giving your baby a healthy start.
2. Who Can Apply?
WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome at WIC too! To qualify for WIC, you must meet income guidelines and be in any of the categories below:
- A pregnant woman
- A woman breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
- A woman who had a baby or was pregnant in the past 6 months
- A baby up to his or her first birthday
- A child up to his or her fifth birthday Not sure if you qualify? You may qualify if you receive Medi-Cal, CalWORKs (TANF) or CalFresh (SNAP) benefits. Babies and children cared for by their fathers, other guardians, or foster parents are also eligible. Working families and migrant families are also welcome to apply.
3. Where do I apply?
Siskiyou County WIC is located at 808 S. Main Street in Yreka CA. Our WIC office travels on a constant basis, attached is our current 2017 schedule.Mondays and Fridays are best for walk-ins. Open 8:00 am- 5:00 pm (WIC is closed from Noon to 1 p.m.) However the best way to ensure getting an appointment is to call us and make an appointment (recommended) at (530) 841-2170, or cell (530) 598-5826. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. What do I bring to my first WIC Appointment?
- Each person who will be enrolling into the WIC program
- Identification — for yourself & any children age birth to 5 years
- Proof of address — a document verifying your current address
- Proof of income — current documents such as, paycheck, tax return or letter from employer.
5. What should I expect at my first WIC appointment?
- A review of the WIC program services & benefits, including "How to use your WIC checks" and the Welcome to WIC video
- An Individualized Nutrition Assessment for each qualifying member of your family A WIC Folder and, if you qualify, your first month of food vouchers.