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WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to five years of age who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition.

The program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries and physical abnormalities), and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets.

WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support; supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and iron-fortified infant formula; and referral to prenatal and pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs. You can apply by printing out a WIC Program Application and mailing it to the WIC clinic in your area. Please note that you must schedule an appointment at the clinic, too.

To find a WIC clinic near you, please click WIC Clinic Directory or call 1-800-755-GROW (4769).

 

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month (BAM) in Ohio. The theme this year is “Working Together for Breastfeeding Success.” This theme emphasizes the importance of working together with family, friends, employers, and area businesses to empower and support a woman’s decision to breastfeed her child when and where she needs. Hungry babies must eat and Ohio law (Section 3781.55 of the Ohio Revised Code) allows breastfeeding in public. One of the most important things businesses and the community can do is to allow mothers to feel comfortable nursing in public. A community support system is essential for breastfeeding success!

Governor John R. Kasich’s Resolution designating August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month throughout Ohio is attached for your reference.

 

Instructions on Updating UPCs

Voter Registration at WIC Clinics

The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, Public Law 103-31, provides that WIC clinics serve as voter registration assistance sites throughout Ohio. Applicants can register to vote at any WIC clinic in their communities, or registration can be completed through the online services of the Secretary of State’s office at: 

http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/autoform/vrform_autoform.aspx?page=4763 

Click below to view the Welcome to WIC, How to Use Your WIC Nutrition Card and How to Use Your WIC Coupons videos.    

EBT Clinics:

videoWelcome to WIC 

videoBienvenidos a WIC 

videoku soo dhawow WIC

videoHow to Use Your WIC Nutrition Card

videoComo Usar Su Tarjeta de Nutrición de WIC

videoSida loo Isticmaalo Kaarka Nafaqada WIC

Coupon Clinics:                                               

videoWelcome to WIC

videoBienvenidos a WIC

videoKu soo dhawow WIC

videoHow to Use Your WIC Coupons

videoEntrenamiento del Uso de Cupones de WIC

videoQormada Videoga ee Tababarka WIC

WIC New Food Package Focus Group Report

Fraud and Abuse

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
WIC Program
246 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: (614) 644-8006
Fax: (614) 564-2470

Email: OHWIC@odh.ohio.gov

EBT email: OhioWICEBT@odh.ohio.gov

Last Revised: 8/2015