WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

Healthy Choices = Healthy Families

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

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Program Information


 

Who does WIC serve?

Provides education and counseling to pregnant women and new moms. The WIC target population are low-income, nutritionally at risk:

  • Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to six weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
  • Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s first birthday).
  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to six months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends).
  • Infants (up to first birthday). WIC serves 53 percent of all infants born in the U.S.
  • Children up to their fifth birthday.

What are the WIC benefits?

The following benefits are provided to WIC participants:

  • Supplemental nutritious foods
  • Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics
  • Screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services

How do I apply?

To apply to be a WIC participant, you will need to contact the LCHD WIC Department at (740) 349-6474 to set up an appointment.  When you call to set up an appointment, someone will tell you the location nearest your home and what you need to bring with you.

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Eligibility Guidelines

WIC eligibility is based on household income, family size and other factors. If you think that you may be eligible for WIC benefits, please call (740) 349-6474 to talk to one of our WIC program staff.

Are you eligible? Eligibility Guidelines

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Support

The LCHD Nursing and WIC programs work together to promote breastfeeding and to help mothers who choose to breastfeed with education, classes and peer support.

The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons, including the joyful closeness and bonding with your baby, the cost savings, and the health benefits for both mother and baby. Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child. Here, you’ll find facts about breastfeeding and get practical tips on how to make breastfeeding work for you while getting the support you need.

Breastfeeding support is available through the WIC program's Breastfeeding Peer, (740) 349-6942, and the at-risk pregnancy program, (740) 349-6829. Breastfeeding support groups and classes are open to the public and are posted on our calendar.

Learn more

Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses in Licking County: One of the most important things businesses and the community can do is to allow mothers to feel comfortable while nursing in public. Ohio law (Section 3781.55 of the Ohio Revised Code) allows breastfeeding in public. Businesses can show their support by displaying the “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” decal and educating their staff on the acceptance of breastfeeding in their establishments.

Breastfeeding is a personal choice, but communities play a vital role in informing and supporting a mother’s decision to breastfeed her baby. Returning our communities back into a breastfeeding supportive culture will take efforts by family, friends, employers, educational institutions, hospitals and businesses. The Licking County Health Department recognizes the local businesses that have taken advantage of displaying the “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” decal at their establishments. Click the link below to see an updated list of Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses in Licking County.

Business List

Clinic Locations

WIC clinics are held at the health department, 675 Price Road, Newark, Ohio 43055, and at satellite locations in Buckeye Lake, Johnstown and Pataskala.

When you call for an appointment, the WIC staff will try to schedule a time and location that is convenient to you.