San Diego WIC Offices
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The WIC Program
Offered through the USDA, WIC stands for “Women, Infants and Children”
The focus of the WIC program in San Diego. is to prevent health problems during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as during early infancy and childhood. The program strives to improve the health of women and children during these important times of growth and development by providing supplemental food and nutrition education for eligible low-income families.
To qualify for the WIC Program in San Diego, you must meet the income guidelines and be in any of the categories below:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women up to one year of having a baby (postpartum)
- Non-breastfeeding women up to six months postpartum
- Women who had a pregnancy loss in the past six months
- Infants and children under five years old
- All foster children under five years old
- Fathers, grandparents, and caretakers may receive WIC food benefits for eligible infants and children
- Nutrition education
- Breastfeeding support
- Monthly benefits to purchase healthy foods
- Referrals to medical providers and services
Questions About WIC? We’ve Got Answers!
What is WIC?
WIC is a program for mothers and their children provided by the state or federal government, and is based on annual income. Annual gross income guidelines start at about $33,874 annually for a family of two and increase by six to eight thousand dollars per child as family size grows. A pregnant woman is counted as a family of two.
Who Is Eligible?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women who are at nutritional risk may be eligible for the WIC program. Children (up to age five) at risk of not having nutritionally balanced diets due to income restrictions are also eligible. To see if you qualify for the WIC Program, call (888) 477-6333.
What Is Nutrition Risk?
All WIC participants eating patterns are evaluated by trained nutrition staff. They look for nutrients that may be missing or deficient in the diet, putting them at nutrition risk. WIC staff will also evaluate participant’s medical history, height, weight, growth patterns and iron (hemoglobin) status. These are screenings are based on federal guidelines.
Where Is WIC Available?
What Food Benefits Do WIC Participants Receive?
WIC provides a variety of nutritious foods. Foods that may be purchased include:
- Iron-fortified infant formula and infant cereal
- Whole-grain breakfast cereals
- Fruit and vegetable juice rich in vitamin C
- Eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt
- Peanut butter
- Dried beans, peas or lentils
- Canned goods such as beans, peas, and fish
- Baby food
- Whole grains including whole wheat bread, tortillas, and pasta
- Fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables
- Tofu and soymilk
Families receive a WIC Card that is electronically loaded each month with each participant’s food benefits. The WIC Card is a convenient way to shop for WIC foods at most grocery stores.
For more information visit the California WIC website.
What Support Is Offered for Breastfeeding?
We provide the following support services to help moms and babies breastfeed successfully:
- Prenatal breastfeeding education, available in person or online
- Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program during pregnancy and beyond
- Secrets of Baby Behavior education for new moms
- One-on-one feeding assessments, breastfeeding support with a lactation consultant or breastfeeding specialist
- An electric breast pump loan program for mothers who are unable to breastfeed or are returning to work, military service, or school
- Manual breast pumps and other supplies
- Additional food coupons for breastfeeding mothers until baby’s first birthday.
- Access to a Breastfeeding Helpline (888) 477-6333 (7:30am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri).
For more information about feeding your baby visit the California WIC website.
What are the WIC Benefits for Breastfeeding Moms?
WIC San Diego helps get breastfeeding off to a good start. The support and education make breastfeeding easier, while helping to achieve your infant feeding goals. You also receive food packages that meet the needs of a breastfeeding mother and extend your WIC eligibility.
wichealth – Online WIC classes
211 San Diego – The region’s trusted source for access to community, health, social, and disaster services.
MotherToBaby – A service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, dedicated to providing evidence-based information to mothers, health care professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition – A nonprofit association driven by the mission to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding through education, advocacy, and outreach.
San Diego County Farm Bureau – A list of San Diego County Certified Farmer’s Market Locations.
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