Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
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The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides assistance to pregnant women and women with children under the age of five. With a variety of programs available such as food vouchers, nutritional education and community resources referrals, the goal of WIC is to ensure pregnant women, new moms and young children are healthy and active.
If a refugee family qualifies for WIC, their WRS Caseworker will give the family the contact informaiton for them to schedule their first appointment. The family participates in an orientation that explains what WIC offers and they will have subsequent visits for check ups and voucher pick up.
Vouchers are one of WIC's most important programs. In the orientation, a family is given a packet of information, in which is a list of grocery stores that accept WIC vouchers. There are also small markets adjacent to WIC offices where the family can use their vouchers to buy food after their appointment. An important thing to remember is that not all products are WIC approved. Guiding a family through a grocery store, such as Walmart, and explaining different products will help the family choose the appropriate items that are WIC approved.
Interpretation services might be needed for a refugee family during appointments. Depending on the WIC office location, there might be staff members who speak Farsi/Dari. Families can call ahead of time to request an interpreter but having one present is not guaranteed.
For more information, please visit the WIC's webpage.
If you are taking a family to a WIC appointment, please refer to our WIC Intake Appointment Guide.