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What is WIC?

What services does WIC provide?


What foods does WIC provide?

Who is eligible?

Income guidelines?

Where are WIC offices located?

What do I bring to the clinic?

What happens at the clinic?

How do I use my WIC vouchers?

Where can I get more information on breastfeeding?


What if my baby needs formula?

WIC Non-discrimination Policy

Photo ID required for all adults receiving services

What is WIC?

WIC is a nutrition education program that supplies supplemental foods for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to age 5. Benefits include healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding information, education and support, and referrals to other programs and services within your community. Participants are seen on a walk-in basis. Please call the clinic on the morning you plan to come in to make sure the clinic is open and able to serve you.

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What services does WIC provide?

Nutrition and Health Education:

  • Provides individual nutrition counseling sessions
  • Counsels high risk participants with special dietary needs
  • Promotes healthy food choices
  • Teaches the relationship between nutrition and good health

At each clinic visit, you will have an opportunity to learn about nutrition. We provide participants with education on prenatal nutrition, infant feeding, breastfeeding, meal planning, shopping on a budget and much more.

Breastfeeding Education and Support:

  • Supports breastfeeding women (lactation educators, breastfeeding peer counselors)
  • Promotes breastfeeding as the optimal feeding method
  • Provides breastfeeding aids (including pumps)
  • Makes referrals to breastfeeding resources in the local community

Referrals and Service Information:

  • Provides individuals with referrals to medical care services
  • Refers routinely to: immunizations, substance abuse counseling, health care coverage (Medicaid, Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP), dental care, lead screening, prenatal care, family planning, well-child exams and food banks)
  • Accepts and provides follow-up on referrals from area health care providers

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What foods does WIC provide?

WIC foods improve the diets and health of women and children enrolled in the program. As a result, pregnant women are less likely to have low birth weight babies. Infants develop better, and children are less likely to have iron deficiency and other health problems. WIC approved foods include:

  • Iron-fortified cereal
  • 100% Juice
  • Eggs
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Milk
  • Whole grains
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Infant fruits and vegetables

Exclusively breastfeeding women also receive:

  • Cheese
  • Canned fish

Exclusively breastfed infants also receive jarred infant meats.

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Who is eligible?

Pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women; or infants and children under five years of age who:

  • Meet residency requirements (live in Washington, Kane, Beaver, Garfield or Iron County)
  • Meet income guidelines (includes foster children, medical assistance and food stamp recipients):

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Utah WIC Program Income Eligibility Guidelines
July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Household Size Annual Monthly Twice Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly
1 $21, 257 $1,772 $886 $818 $409
2 $28, 694 $2,392 $1,196 $1,104 $552
3 $36, 131 $3, 011 $1,506 $1,390 $695
4 $43, 568 $3,631 $1,816 $1,676 $838
5 $51, 005 $4,251 $2,126 $1,962 $981
6 $58, 442 $4,871 $2,436 $2,248 $1,124
7 $65, 879 $5,490 $2,745 $2,534 $1,267
8 $73, 316 $6, 110 $3, 055 $2,820 $1,410
Each additional family member add $7,437 $620 $310 $287 $144

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What do I need to bring to the clinic?

  • Each woman, child and infant applying for WIC needs to be present.
  • Identification for each person: This may be a birth certificate, driver’s license, crib card or Medicaid card. A current photo ID is required of all adult participants, adult endorsers and proxies.
  • Proof of residency: A current bill or Medicaid card with your street address on it (sorry, PO Boxes are not allowed).
  • Proof of income: Pay stubs showing gross income for the household for the last 30 days or a current Medicaid card.
  • Immunization records for all children.

Talk to the WIC Clinic if you are having problems bringing any of the above information.

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Where are WIC offices located?

Southwest Utah Public Health Department offices:

Washington County

620 South 400 East #209
St. George, UT 84770
435-673-3528 (ext. 1)

Walk-in basis
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Tuesday:
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Every other Friday (starting February 7):
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Iron County

260 East D.L. Sargent Dr.
Cedar City, UT 84721
435-865-5141

Walk-in basis
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday
7:30 0 11:30 AM, 1:00 - 4:30 PM

Tuesday:
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Friday:
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Beaver County

1175 North 75 West
Beaver, UT 84713
435-438-2482

Kane County

445 North Main
Kanab, UT 84741
435-644-2537

Garfield County
601 East Center Street
Panguitch, UT 84759
435-676-8800

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What happens at the clinic?

Your proof of income, identification and residency will be reviewed. For all applicants, height and weight will be checked and a drop of blood will be taken to check for iron level. You will be asked about your health and the foods you eat. You will receive nutrition education. All information provided to the WIC program remains confidential.

If you are found eligible for WIC, you will receive a WIC ID packet and your first set of vouchers with instructions on how to purchase eligible food items at WIC authorized stores. See your local WIC Clinic for grocery stores in your area that accept WIC vouchers

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Where can I get more information on breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start. It has many benefits for babies and mothers. Doctors recommend babies be breastfed for at least the first year of life.

For breastfeeding resources, call I-877-WIC-KIDS or your local WIC clinic.

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What if my baby needs formula?

WIC provides the Abbott line of standard milk-based and soy-based iron-fortified formulas including Similac Advance, Similac Soy, Similac Sensitive, and Similac for Spit Up. See your local WIC clinic if your infant has a special medical or nutritional need for a specialty formula. A completed Utah WIC Formula and Food Authorization Form from a doctor or other qualified medical professional will be required.

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How do I use my WIC vouchers?

You may shop at any store that has been approved as an authorized WIC vendor. Stores that are approved have a sign in the window. You may also ask the store manager or your local WIC clinic staff if you are not sure where to shop.

  1. Make sure you tell the cashier you have a WIC purchase.
  2. Separate all WIC foods from any other items you are buying.
  3. Separate WIC foods by voucher if cashing more than one voucher at a time.
  4. Give the cashier the vouchers you are using.
  5. Show the cashier your WIC packet.
  6. Only sign the WIC voucher AFTER the cashier has recorded the purchase price.
  7. Make sure your signature stays within the signature box. If you sign outside the box the cashier cannot accept the voucher, and you will need to return to the clinic for assistance.
  8. Never pay or receive any cash while using a WIC voucher.
  9. Never sign a cash value voucher for more than the maximum value printed on the voucher.

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