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WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN'S PROGRAM

(509) 323-7497

   A supplemental food program for eligible pregnant and breast feeding women, infants and children.  Eligibility is determined by income, medical guidelines and nutritional assessment.  The program objective is to provide supplemental foods rich in protein, vitamins and minerals and nutrition education. 

  WEST CENTRAL WIC (509) 323-7497, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

  CHENEY WIC (509) 559-5839, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  FAIRCHILD WIC (509) 247-2760, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  AIRWAY HEIGHTS WIC (509) 244-9334, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

WIC helps you give your child a healthy start with:

  • Checks for up to $50 worth of healthy food monthly; milk, eggs, cereal, cheese, dried beans, juice, peanut butter and formula for infants who aren't breastfed
  • Nutrition and breastfeeding tips
  • Help finding health care

WIC provides at no cost to you: 

  • Nutritious foods to supplement your diet, and
  • Information on healthy eating, and
  • Referrals for health care
  • Breastfeeding support:
  •     breastfeeding classes
  •     extra food for breastfeeding moms
  •     support from breastfeeding staff
  •     hand breast pumps
  •     electric breast pumps (for mom's meeting certain criteria)

Why WIC is important:

  • When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you and your baby need certain nutrients.  The only way your growing baby gets nutrients to build healthy muscles and bones and other body tissues is from you and the foods you eat.
  • What you eat can make the difference in your health and your baby's birth weight.  Good nutrition also protects against health problems.
  • If you are a teenager, your body is still growing while  your baby is developing inside you.  Eating the right foods will help both you and your baby to develop and grow.
  • The WIC food package does not provide all the foods you and your baby need.  It supplements the foods you buy.  The WIC staff can help you plan to make healthy choices for yourself and your family.
  • WIC can also refer you and your baby for medical care.

   

Links to other Resources:

Washington Association of Local WIC Agencies www.walwica.org

National WIC Association www.nwica.org

Washington State WIC Department of Health www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/WIC/default.htm

La Leche League www.laleche.org

Breastfeeding and parenting www.kellymom.com

Within Reach - help finding medical and dental care www.hmhbwa.org

Spokane Regional Health District www.srhd.org

California WIC Breastfeeding www.breastfeedforall.org