The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, and infants and children up to the age of 5 years who are at medical or nutritional risk.
WIC is a federal program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, administered by Ohio Department of Health, and operated locally as a program of Wyandot County Public Health.
The WIC program operates in all 88 Ohio counties and provides:
- Nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support
- Referral to prenatal and pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs including Medicaid, Head Start, Child and Family Health Services, Children with Medical Handicaps, Help Me Grow, Immunizations, Car Seats, and Hearing Clinic
- Supplemental, highly nutritious foods, such as; milk, eggs, cereal, peanut butter, beans, tuna, fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain products, as well as iron fortified formula, cereal and other foods for infants.
Benefits of WIC
- Improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full term pregnancies.
- Reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries, and physical abnormalities).
- Provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by combating poor and/or inadequate diet.
- WIC children are better immunized and are more likely to have a regular source of health care.
- WIC participation results in increased head circumference (reflecting brain growth) of infants whose mothers receive WIC during pregnancy.
- WIC is a proven cost-effective program. Studies show that WIC lowers medical costs by improving prenatal care use, improving length of pregnancy and increasing birth weight.
WIC Eligibility Requirements
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have recently had a baby, infants and children up to the age of five
- Must be determined by WIC health professionals to be at medical or nutritional risk
- Must be a resident of Ohio
- Must meet income requirements (at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines) or have a current Medical card. You can find details on eligibilty by clicking here.
How to Apply
Call the Wyandot WIC office at 419-294-3341 to schedule an appointment.
Breastfeeding Peer Helper
Wyandot County WIC recently hired a Breastfeeding Peer Helper to provide new and expectant mothers and their support persons with information and advice on the wonderful benefits of breastfeeding. The Peer Helper, a paraprofessional who lives in the community and is part of the population served by WIC, was carefully selected based upon her years of personal breastfeeding experience along with knowledge in the areas of technique and counseling skills. She works closely with pregnant women, women in the early stages of breastfeeding, women who are weaning their babies, and their support persons. Please feel free to call the WIC office to take advantage of this valuable resource!
Breastfeeding Support Group
Breastfeeding Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 11am at the Wyandot County WIC office. Pregnant and Breastfeeding women, along with other family members and support persons, are welcome. You do not have to be on the WIC program to attend these meetings. For more information, contact Wyandot County WIC.
Our office is located in the Wyandot County Health Department at 127-A South Sandusky Avenue, Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351
You may contact WIC by calling 419-294-3341 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
WIC hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
For more information on WIC, visit the Ohio Dept of Health website.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com.
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