The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a free nutrition education program that helps families identify healthy nutrition choices that work for them.
*Women on WIC eat a healthier diet, have healthier babies and receive early prenatal care.
*Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and have improved growth and development rates.
*Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, and visit their doctors regularly.
You are eligible for WIC if you meet ALL of the following criteria:
*Live in Oregon
*Are a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant or a child under 5 years old
*Have a nutritional need
*Have a household income that meets the current income guidelines.
*Fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children.
WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines
(As of March 1, 2017)
*You are automatically income-eligible for WIC if you get TANF, food stamps or the Oregon Health Plan.
What WIC Participants Receive
*Breastfeeding support and breast pumps for moms who are eligible
*Referrals to other community or county resources and services
*Supplemental foods via eWIC debit card
◦Dried beans or peas
◦Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
◦100% Fruit juice
◦Whole wheat bread, corn tortillas or brown rice
◦Canned tuna or salmon
*eWIC debit card can be used at your local grocery stores that participate with WIC.
* Growers Market vouchers will still be available during summer months.
How WIC helps Josephine County Families
*WIC reduces fetal and infant deaths
*WIC reduces low birth weight rates and increases the duration of pregnancy
*WIC improves infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding
*WIC improves the growth of nutritionally at-risk infants and children
*WIC decreases the incidence of iron deficiency anemia in children
*WIC improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women and improves weight gain in pregnant women
*Pregnant women participating in WIC receive prenatal care earlier
*Children enrolled in WIC are more likely to have a regular source of medical care and have more up to date immunizations
*WIC helps get children ready to start school: children who receive WIC benefits demonstrate improved intellectual development
*WIC significantly improves children’s diets
*WIC improves savings in health care costs
*WIC promotes physical activity
WIC has a breastfeeding support group and prenatal breastfeeding class offered on the 1st Monday of each month at the Josephine County Health Department.
The breastfeeding class is from 1:00-2:00 and the breastfeeding support group is from 3:00- 4:15pm. In addition, we also offer a breastfeeding warm line (8am-5pm M-TH) by calling 541-474-5325 and pressing 4.
Breastfeeding questions can be addressed by the Lactation Consultant Glenda Taylor @ 541-474-5325 X.2233, or by calling the WIC office directly at 541-474-5333 and ask to be transferred to Glenda.
Josephine County WIC Office
715 NW Dimmick Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
TEXT US AT (541) 295-5506
If you have any questions or would like to apply for WIC please call our office to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available Monday- Thursday at our Grants Pass office and twice a month in Cave Junction and once a month in Wolf Creek.
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