At WIC, you will learn about choosing foods for a healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding your newborn baby, feeding your family healthful foods and much, much more. Join other families like yours in getting the foods and information you need to help your children learn and grow.
For 45 years the Delaware County Women, Infants and Children’s Program (WIC) has provided valuable nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods, and referrals to thousands of families. WIC’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of this population during critical stages of growth and development and throughout their lives. Each year WIC serves about 9,000 eligible participants, equating to 75 percent of the 13,000 eligible women and children in the county.
WIC benefits supplements the foods families buy and can be redeemed at any WIC authorized store. It is designed to include foods that contain protein, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, peanut butter, cheese, yogurt, eggs, canned or dried beans, cereal, iron-fortified infant formula, infant foods, canned fish and special formulas when medically necessary. In addition, WIC staff can help plan healthy and appealing meals. Obtén esta información en Español.
Poor nutrition during pregnancy can adversely affect fetal development and increase pregnancy risks, including preterm births and low birthweight babies. Furthermore, poor nutrition predisposes children to chronic conditions later in life including obesity, cardiovascular disease, bone health conditions, intellectual deficits, immunity problems and diabetes. WIC aims to:
Each WIC agency employs nutritionists who have completed a minimum of four years of education and training in dietetics or a related area at an accredited college or university.
WIC nutritionists are trained to provide:
To qualify for WIC benefits, applicants must have a medical or nutritional risk, a household gross income less than 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines and be one of the following:
Fathers of children under the age of 5 are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC Program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers may bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition counseling sessions, and redeem food benefits for their children. Grandparents and foster parents who have custody of grandchildren or children under the age of 5 may apply on their behalf.
When enrolling in WIC or completing a recertification appointment, please be prepared to forward the following to your local WIC office via email prior to your appointment:
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Since breastfeeding offers many health benefits for both the mother and baby, WIC encourages all mothers-to-be to consider breastfeeding. Mother’s milk is easy to digest and soothes the baby’s stomach. It is the baby’s first immunization, protecting against asthma, infections, allergies and obesity as they grow. WIC moms can call the WIC Breastfeeding Helpline with breastfeeding questions and for support from a Certified Lactation Counselor.
As a physician or health care provider, your referral makes a difference.
It is easy to refer your patients to WIC. Instruct your patient to contact the Delaware County WIC Appointment Call Center. Trained call center staff will provide information, answer questions and connect your patient to the WIC office closes to their home.
WIC physician referral forms
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