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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 (examples: Head Start, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps). 

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

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month!  Governor John R. Kasich has designated August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month throughout Ohio.

Ohio WIC’s theme this year is “Keep Calm and Carry On Breastfeeding.”  This playful theme is serious in the purpose of protecting and supporting breastfeeding women in achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. As we know, obstacles exist for the continuation of breastfeeding despite recommendations supporting breastfeeding duration from public health authorities, protections that have been put in place by federal and state laws, and WIC and other health professionals work to promote and support breastfeeding as a community norm.

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 and How to Use Your WIC Coupons videos.                                                       

videoWelcome to WIC - English

videoWelcome to WIC - Spanish

videoWelcome to WIC - Somali

videoHow to Use Your WIC Coupons - English

videoHow to Use Your WIC Coupons - Spanish

videoHow to Use Your WIC Coupons - Somali

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 Updated: 8/14