WIC Program

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The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides:

  • Supplemental nutritious foods
  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Referrals to other health and nutrition services

To be eligible for WIC benefits in Wisconsin, a person must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a pregnant, breastfeeding or new mother; be an infant up to age one; or be a child up to age 5; and
  • Be a resident of Wisconsin; and
  • Be income eligibleand
  • Have a health or nutrition need.

To be eligible for WIC benefits in Wisconsin, a person must meet the following requirements:

  • be a pregnant, breastfeeding or new mother; be an infant up to age one; or be a child up to age 5; and
  • be a resident of Wisconsin; and
  • be income eligible; and
  • have a health or nutrition need.

To apply, call the Forest County Potawatomi Community Health Department

Location:
Telephone:
E-mail:
Office Hours:
WIC Days:

WIC income eligibility is based on 185% of US Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines.

  • The WIC Program uses the same gross income criteria as free and reduced-price school lunches.
  • Many working families qualify.
  • Individuals who participate in other programs such as those listed below may automatically be income eligible. WIC staff will determine income eligibility during your appointment.
    • FoodShare
    • Medicaid
    • BadgerCare Plus
    • Wisconsin Works Program (W-2)
    • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

For specific income levels by family size, consult the WIC income eligibility table below:

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

WIC Income Eligibility Table

Family
Size
Weekly
Income $
Bi-weekly
Income $
Monthly
Income $
Annual
Income $
1 432 864 1,872 22,459
2 586 1,172 2,538 30,451
3 740 1,479 3,204 38,443
4 893 1,786 3,870 46,435
5 1,047 2,094 4,536 54,427
6 1,201 2,401 5,202 62,419
7 1,355 2,709 5,868 70,411
8 1,508 3,016 6,534 78,403
Additional +154 +308 +666 +7,992

 

Based on 185% of the US Department of Health and Human Services Non-farm Income Poverty Guidelines for Gross Income (Before Deductions).

For more information about income eligibility, contact a local WIC Office.

Last Revised: August 2, 2018

To apply, call the Forest County Potawatomi Community Health Department

Location:
FCP Health & Wellness Center
Community Health Department
8201 Mish ko swen Drive
Crandon, WI 54520
We Care Building
Community Health Department
612 St. Hwy. 32 S.
Wabeno, WI 54566
WIC Days:
2nd Tuesday of each month
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
1st Thursday of each month
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Telephone:
E-mail:

FCP Community Health General Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm


Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for the baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economic, and emotional benefits to the mother and baby. There are also significant benefits to the community, workplace and the environment.

breastfeedingThe American Academy of Pediatrics has identified breastfeeding as the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants, and has recognized breastfeeding as primary in achieving optimal infant and child health, growth, and development. The Academy recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life.

Continued breastfeeding, with the gradual addition of appropriate complementary foods, is recommended for the remainder of the first year and for as long as mother and child desire. Long overlooked as an important factor in reducing health care costs, breastfeeding promotion has now become a national priority.

For more information about the importance of breastfeeding, use the resources link to find resources on breastfeeding education; breastfeeding-friendly childcare centers, breastfeeding mothers in childcare centers as well as links to other breastfeeding websites.

The goals of the Wisconsin WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) are: Farmers market setting

  • To provide WIC participants with checks to purchase locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at farmers markets.
  • To provide WIC participants with nutrition education and the resources to encourage the consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • To increase the awareness and use of farmers markets.

The WIC FMNP provides a one-time food benefit per growing season to WIC families. Each family receives checks that are redeemed at local farmers markets from June through October. Approximately 1,000 Wisconsin farmers currently participate in this program.

Depending on your individualized food package, you may receive foods from the following benefits:

Food Benefits

  • Fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned)
  • 100% juice
  • Whole wheat/whole grain foods: 100% whole wheat bread, brown rice, soft corn or whole wheat tortillas
  • Cereals
  • Beans, peas, lentils (canned or dried)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fish (light tuna or pink salmon)
  • Milk, eggs, cheese
  • Infant cereals, fruits and vegetables, and meats

Formulas and Medical Nutritionals:

  • Standard contract formulas
  • Exempt (special) formulas for infants and children with special needs
  • Medical foods for children and women with special needs
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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)       mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)       email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.