Women, Infant, and Children Program (WIC)

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The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and children under age 5 eat well and stay healthy. You will never have to pay for any WIC benefits.

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Eligibility

You qualify for WIC if your household receives Food Stamps, CalWORKs or full Medi-Cal, OR if your "gross income" (your income before taxes and deductions) meet the limit.

If you are pregnant, bring verification when you apply. Also, you or your child must be medically identified as in need of better nutrition. It is helpful, but not required, to bring current medical information when you apply.

If you are treated unfairly in any way, you can complain to the supervisor at the WIC site or hand in a short note or letter requesting a hearing. Include the date, your name and address and an explanation of your complaint. Keep a copy of your letter.

Benefits

What can you get at WIC?
  • Special checks to buy healthy foods such as milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans and peas, and peanut butter.
  • Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy
  • Support and information about breastfeeding your baby
  • Help in finding health care and other community services

Extra vouchers: Women who breastfeed totally receive an extra set of vouchers providing them with additional foods including tuna and fresh carrots. You can also get vouchers for iron-fortified infant formula and cereals for infants.

Counseling: WIC Participants are regularly scheduled to attend meetings and individual counseling. Some of the topics discussed include care seat safety, tooth decay, food and nutrition, and breastfeeding.

WIC also provides a limited number of vouchers that can be used at Farmer's Markets for fruits and vegetables.

You can share your concerns about breastfeeding and children's eating habits with a counselor and other mothers involved in the program. In some WIC programs, breastfeeding women can come into the WIC clinic any time they have a question, a problem, or need support.

Who can WIC help?

  • Women and children who need better nutrition and are low to medium income. Working families may qualify.
  • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or just had a baby
  • Children under 5 years old (including foster children and children raised by their father)

For more information, please visit the WIC website. Food & Nutrition Service http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/ California WIC http://www.wicworks.ca.gov/default.asp

For income eligibility guidelines, please contact the Korean Resource Center at 323. 937. 3718.

Contact

l▣ Contact information 1-888-WIC-WORKS (1-888-942-9675)

To locate the nearest WIC office, please see below.

Los Angeles Area WIC offices

Los Angeles Area
No Local Institute Address City ZIP Phone
323 Antelope Valley Hospital WIC Progeam 44244 - 10th Street West Lancaster 93534 (661) 949-5805
308 City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services 2525 Grand Avenue Long Beach 90815 (562) 570-4242
313 Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor UCLA Medical Center 2930 West Imperial Highway Inglewood 90303 (310) 661-3080
305 Northeast Valley Health Corporation 1172 North Maclay Avenue San Fernando 91340 (818) 361-7541
312 Pasadena Public Health Department 363 East Villa Street Pasadena 91101 (626) 744-6520
314 Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc. 13200 Crossroads Parkway City of Industry 91715 (888) 942-2229
322 Watts Health Foundation, Inc. 10300 South Compton Avenue Los Angeles 90002 (323) 568-3070
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