WIC is a nutrition education program which provides supplemental foods to promote healthy choices for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5.
Who is Eligible for WIC?
Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, children up to age 5, who live in Clatsop County, have medical/nutritional needs and meet liberal income guidelines. If you currently receive TANF, Food Stamps or Oregon Health Plan, you are automatically eligible. The WIC Income Guidelines will provide further information.
What Does WIC Provide?
- Specific supplemental foods (i.e. milk, cheese, cereal, peant butter/beans, juice, formula, etc.)
- Education and information
- Referral resource to a variety of health and social services
- Breastfeeding support for all pregnant women and new mothers
- Growth and developmental evaluations for children
- Blood tests for anemia and health history evaluations
- Goal setting and behavior change counseling
- Caring and professional staff
- Confidential participation
All these services are offered at no cost to WIC participants
How Can I Participate?
Phone us at (503) 325-8500 or come in to our office at 820 Exchange Street, Suite 100, Astoria, to enroll. You will receive paperwork in the mail notifying you of your appointment date, then come to your appointment and meet the WIC team. After you attend your appointment, you will be given food vouchers for healthy foods.You can use these vouchers at most participating merchants in the community.
Who Benefits from WIC?
All of us do. Over the past 25 years, there have been hundreds of scientific studies in documenting the cost-effectiveness and positive health outcomes of women and children participating in WIC. The documented health benefits of WIC participation include:
Participation in WIC reduces the incidence of low birth weight infants and infant mortality.
Women who participate in WIC have healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.
Reductions in high risk births has generated major savings in health care costs, specifically Medicaid, SSI for disabled children and special education.
For every dollar spent prenatally on WIC, there has been an associated reduction in Medicaid costs ranging from $1.92 - $4.21.
WIC participation leads to improved learning in school, better cognitive performance and better digit memory test scores.
WIC participation has been shown to reduce the incidence of anemia among children and pregnant women. Women who participate in WIC were found to seek prenatal care earlier in their pregnancy and were less likely to have too few prenatal visits with their health care provider.
WIC participation has also lead to improved immunization rates, improved diets and a greater likelihood of obtaining prenatal, as well as regular health care.
WIC is a government program that has worked for more than 25 years to provide support to young families during critical periods of growth and development. WIC is a short-term intervention and education program.
View an informational video on Public Health WIC services from PacificaProject.