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715 NW Dimmick Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: (541) 474-5325
Fax: (541) 474-5353
Contact: Diane Hoover, PhD, FACHE
Email: 
Hours: 9:00 - 3:30 PM Mon-Th (Closed 12-12:30 for lunch), and Closed Fridays, WIC 8:00-5:15M-Th (Closed for lunch 12:30-1:00pm), Closed Fridays
WIC (Women, Infant & Children) Program

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WIC FAMILY AT STORE

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. 

 

Why WIC? 

 

*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.

 

Eligibility

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 May 1, 2012)

Household Size

Monthly

Weekly

1 person(s)

$1,772

$409

2

$2,392

$552

3

$3,011

$695

4

$3,631

$838

5

$4,251

$981

6

$4,871

$1,124

*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

 

*Monthly vouchers for supplemental foods:

 

◦Milk

◦Cheese

◦Eggs

◦Dried beans or peas

◦Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables

◦100% Fruit juice

◦Baby food

◦Peanut butter

◦Cereal

◦Whole wheat bread, corn tortillas or brown rice

◦Canned tuna or salmon

*Vouchers are redeemable at the many local grocery stores that participate with WIC. Fruit and vegetable vouchers can be used at the local Farmers Market and designated Farm Stands.

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  

 

Breastfeeding Information

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.

Contact Us:

 Josephine County WIC Office

 715 NW Dimmick Street

Grants Pass, OR 97526

 (541) 474-5333

 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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