WIC (Women, Infants & Children) is a supplemental food and nutrition program. It provides food, breastfeeding promotion and support, nutrition counseling, and acces to health services for eligible low-income women, infants, and children. WIC services are provided through the Pender County Health Department.
Who is WIC for?
- Pregnant Women
- Breastfeeding women who have had a baby in the last 12 months
- Non-Breastfeeding Postpartum women (Up to 6 months after birth of an infant or after the pregnancy has ended)
- Children up to their 5th birthday
To be eligible you and your child MUST have:
- Residence/Live in the county
- Household income less than 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. A person who recieves Medicaid, Work First Families Assistance, or Food & Nutrition Services (formerly Food Stamps) automatically meet the income eligibility requirement.
- Have a health risk factor based on:
- Height and Weight
- Blood test for low iron
- Health History
- Diet History
WIC Services Provided:
- Nutritious Foods
- Nutrition Education and Counseling
- Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
- Referrals to Public or Private Health Care Providers and Social Services
Food for Infants (Birth - 12 Months):
- Infant Formula - iron-fortified
- Infant Cereal - iron-fortified (at 6 months of age)
- Stage 2 Baby Food - fruits/vegetables (at 6 months of age)
Foods for Women and Children:
- Milk - includes skim, reduced fat, whole, soy, lactose reduced
- Eggs - " specialty" or brown eggs not allowed
- Cheese - includes low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium
- Peanut Butter - includes low sugar, low sodium
- Cereal - iron-fortified and low in sugar
- Dry Beans, Peas,Lentils - unflavored
- Juice - 100% unsweetened
- Wheat Bread, Brown Rice, or Tortillias (corn/wheat)
- Tofu - calcium-set
- Fruits and Vegetables - fresh, frozen and/or canned
Additional foods for women who fully breastfeed:
- Carrots - Plain (freshed, canned, or frozen)
- Tuna/Salmon - chunk light in water
Where is WIC located?
- Pender County Health Department
- 803 South Walker St.
- Burgaw NC, 28425
- Phone: (910) 259-1230
- Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (Available 24 hours) 910-471-3253
- Fax: (910) 259-5165
- Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Hampstead Annex
- 18678 US HWY 17
- Hampstead, NC 28443
- Phone: (910) 270-5002
- Fax: (910) 270-2526
- Hours of Operation: Each Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
In accordance with Federal law and Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination write to: USDA Director of Adjudication - 1400 Independence Avenue - SW - Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.