Women, Infants and Children (WIC)


 

 

 

What Is WIC?

WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program forWomen, Infants and Children, is a nutrition program for eligible women, infants, and children that provides nutrition education and breastfeeding support services, nutritious foods, basic health screenings, and referrals to other health and social services.

All WIC services are free to the participant and are paid for with funds from the federal USDA program.

Who Is Eligible For WIC?

All kinds of families may be eligible for WIC. You may or may not be working. You may be a single mom or dad. You may be married. You may live with your parents. You may be foster parents to eligible infants or children.

To qualify for the Graham County WIC Program in Safford, Arizona, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • Live in Arizona
  • Be Income-eligible or participate in a program such as: AHCCCS (Medicaid), SNAP (“Food Stamps”), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • Belong in one of the following categories of women, infants, and children:
    • Pregnant women
    • Breastfeeding women who have had a baby in the last 12 months
    • Women who have had a baby in the last 6 months
    • Infants
    • Children up to 5 years of age

What Does WIC Offer?

  • Nutrition counseling for your family in one-on-one appointments or in group discussion appointments to help create healthy habits for a lifetime.
  • Breastfeeding Education and Support
  • Referrals to other health, nutrition, and social services.
  • Free nutritious foods purchased with an eWIC card at WIC-approved stores. Visit the Arizona WIC Program website.
  • Depending on the category of the participant, food benefits include nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, milk, yogurt, cheese, soy milk, eggs, whole grains, cereals, infant formula and more.
  • See sample postpartum and breastfeeding food packages
  • Some WIC items may require a completed Food and Formula Request Form from your medical provider (such as non-contract milk- or soy-based infant formulas, special formulas or products, or whole milk).
Food and Formula Request Form

Where Can I Shop For WIC Foods?

Where Can I Apply?

If you are eligible for WIC (see the “Who Is Eligible for WIC?” tab):

  • Call our office and make an appointment:
    • (928) 428-7690
  • You must apply in person at our WIC clinic:
    • 820 W. Main Street in Safford.

What Do I Need To Bring With Me To My Appointment?

  • Everyone who will be enrolled in the WIC program.
  • Identification for everyone who will be enrolled:
    • Adults – A valid driver’s license or other picture ID.
    • Infants – A crib card or birth certificate.
    • Children – A birth certificate or immunization record.
  • Proof of your residence/physical address, like a utility bill, bank statement, or other bill that goes to your street address (cannot use a post office box.)
  • Proof of your income:
    • Participation in certain programs automatically qualify you for WIC, but you must bring a recent letter from the program showing you are eligible.  Common examples of these programs are:
      • AHCCCS (medicaid)
      • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly “food stamps”)
      • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)\
    • If you don’t belong to any of these programs, you may qualify based on your income. To determine if you are income eligible, bring the most recent month of pay stubs for everyone working in the household. 

What Happens At A WIC Visit?

  • Your income eligibility will be determined.
  • You will be asked questions about your health and diet.
  • Height, weight, and a blood test for iron deficiency will be done.
  • All of the above information will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible.
  • If you are eligible:
    • A staff person will review your rights and responsibilities as a WIC participant.
    • Any nutrition and/or exercise questions or goals you have for your family will be discussed.
    • An eWIC card with which you will purchase your WIC foods will be issued to you.
    • The WIC food list and how to shop with the eWIC card will be reviewed.

How Long Will I Receive WIC Benefits?

A “certification period” is the length of time a WIC participant is eligible to receive benefits. The length of the certification varies depending on whether the participant is pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, or is an infant or a child. The certification period most often ranges from 6 months to 1 year. At the end of the certification period, the individual must reapply in order to be determined eligible for another period unless they are now ineligible based on the categories that WIC serves; for example, a child who has turned 5 years old is no longer eligible for the program.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

    1400 Independence Avenue, SW

    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: https://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

  1. correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    [break1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442;
  3. correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades

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