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What is WIC? (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)

Who does it serve? The WIC target population is low-income, nutritionally at risk:

  • Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).

  • Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday)

  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends)

  • Infants (up to 1st birthday). WIC serves 53 percent of all infants born in the United States.

  • Children up to their 5th birthday.

What are the benefits? The following benefits are provided to WIC participants:

  • Supplemental nutritious foods

  • Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics

  • Breastfeeding counseling

  • Screening and referrals to other health (such as immunizations), welfare, and social services

  • Substance abuse referral

How to apply? To apply to be a WIC participant, you will need to contact your state or local agency to set up an appointment. Check out your state's website or call the toll-free number. When you call to set up an appointment, someone will tell you the location nearest your home and what you need to bring with you. To learn about all their benefits and services, visit: Contact Information: Toll Free Florida: 1-800-342-3556

Monroe County Offices Florida Department of Health Monroe County: 305-293-7500 Key West: 305-676-3852 Marathon and Tavernier: 305-676-3933 Florida Department of Health 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A16 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1726 United States Rhonda Herndon, Bureau Chief for Florida Phone: 850-245-4202 Fax: 850-922-3936 Toll Free: 1-800-342-3556 VOC Contact: 850-245-4202 OR 1-800-342-3556

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