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WIC Women Infants and Children

WIC is a federally funded health and nutrition program for women and children.

Services include nutrition education, supplemental food, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care resources.

WIC partners with Michigan State University (MSU) Extension to provide Project FRESH Coupons to purchase fruits and vegetables at local farmer's markets.

WIC foods are selected to meet nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A& C.  Participants exchange WIC food coupons at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies.
   
Who is Eligible?

Low and moderate income families including pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 are eligible.

Location

Administration office
DHWP Herman Kiefer Complex
1151 Taylor Detroit MI 48202

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Telephone

WIC Administration

313-876-4564 or 313-876-4555

WIC FACTS

  • Each month, more than 35,000 moms, babies, and kids less than age 5 receive nutritious foods from the Detroit WIC Program.  WIC foods are worth $30-$112 or more per month for each participant.
  • The earlier a woman receives nutritional benefits from WIC, the more likely she is to seek prenatal care and deliver a normal weight infant.
  • One out of every dollar spent by this program, more than three dollar in subsequent health care costs are saved.
  • The local community is supported with more than $22 million yearly when WIC foods are purchased at grocery stores and pharmacies.

WIC Provides Foods for Infants (Birth-12 months )

The WIC Program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. For women who choose not to breastfeed, iron- fortified infant formula is available for the first year of life. The state contracts with one formula at a reduced price. Beginning at four months of age, infants may also receive infant cereal and fruit juices. Infants with specific medical diagnosis may receive a special formula.

WIC Provides Foods for Women and Children

Pregnant and postpartum women and children (under 5 years of age) participating in WIC receive food coupons for milk, cheese, eggs. cereals, peanut butter or dried beans or peas, and fruit or vegetable juices. Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive carrots and caned tuna fish. Special formulas or nutritional supplements are also available to participating women and children who have certain medical conditions.

Benefits to Children

  • WIC participation lowers the rate of anemia among children ages 6 months to 5 years.
  • WIC significantly improves children's dietary intake of vitamins and nutrients such as iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamin, protein, niacin, and vitamin B
  • 4-and 5-year-olds who participated in WIC in early childhood have better vocabularies and digit memory scores than comparable children who did not participate in WIC.
  • WIC participation leads to higher rates of immunization against childhood diseases.
  • WIC is a cost-effective, governmental health and nutrition program that has demonstrated a positive effect on pregnancy outcomes, child growth and development.  Here are some facts about WIC:

WIC Office Locations

Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) WIC Program provides coupons for nutritious food, nutrition information/education and referrals for health services for pregnant, postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5 years with a medical or nutritional risk.  Zip codes are given to indicate which offices may be most convenient for you; however, Michigan residents may establish services at any of the sites listed. 

For more information, please call (313) 876-4555

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