What is WIC?
WIC is a supplemental food program available to Women, Infants, and Children. It is a special food program funded through the United States Department of Agriculture. It is available to women who are pregnant, postpartum up to 6 months, or breastfeeding up to one year after the baby's birth. Children are eligible up to five years of age.
Think you might be eligible?
You must be a resident of Craven County, or surrounding areas. Your household income must meet income guidelines, which can be verified by simply calling our office. You will also be seen by a nutritionist to check your health history for any risk factors that make you categorically eligible. Further information can also be found on our state WIC site here.
WIC is a strong supporter of breastfeeding mothers. We offer several services to aid in the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding. Services include breastfeeding classes, lactation support for issues breastfeeding your new baby, and breast pumps for those found eligible. Detailed information on these services can be found under the breastfeeding section of this site.
What foods does WIC provide?
For women and children, the food package includes milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, beans, peanut butter, bread, tortillas, tofu, soy-based beverage, and juice. WIC also provides a voucher for the purchase of fruits and vegetables.
For fully breastfeeding women, larger quantities of these foods are provided, as well as tuna or salmon.
For infants whose mothers choose not to breastfeed, WIC provides contract milk or soy based infant formulas. Under special circumstances, we can provide other specific infant formulas, with a prescription from the infant's pediatrician. After 6 months of age, WIC provides infant fruits and vegetables (stage 2), and infant cereal.
For additional food package information please see: NC WIC Food Package
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