Women, Infants and Children
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. It provides short-term, low-cost, preventative health services to families that are at risk due to income-and-nutrition-related health conditions.
- Nutrition screening, education and counseling to improve eating habits and reduce nutrition problems
- Access to preventative health programs and community referrals to private and public health providers
- Specific supplemental foods to provide the nutrients necessary during critical times of growth and development
Who Qualifies for WIC:
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or whose pregnancy recently ended
- Infants under 12 months
- Children under 5 years
What can you get from WIC:
- Checks to buy foods to keep you healthy
- Nutrition and health education to help you and your children eat well and healthy
- Personal counseling about nutrition
- Support and help with breast feeding
- Referrals to other health programs for you and your family
To get WIC, you need to:
- Meet the WIC income guidelines (see income guidelines below)
- Have a need for improved nutrition
To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants' gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. The guidelines for WIC are shown below:
|Household Size||Maximum Gross Annual Income||Maximum Gross Monthly Income||Maximum Gross Twice-Monthly Income||Maximum Gross Bi-Weekly Income||Maximum Gross Weekly Income|
|Each additional member, add||+$7,326||+$611||+$306||+$282||+$141|
In accordance with Federal law and 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 non-discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity and provider.
To find a WIC office near you today
call the Georgia WIC Hotline:
NW Georgia Nutrition/WIC Services
1309 Redmond Road
Rome, Georgia 30165
Toll Free Breastfeeding Help Line:
To determine the value of the Georgia WIC Program and the amount of revenue the WIC program brings to each county, please visit the following link:
Folic Acid is a B vitamin that every woman should take daily if she is in the childbearing years.
By taking Folic Acid, women reduce the risk of having a baby with certain birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. It is very important to have enough folic acid in your system right before and early in pregnancy. So, if you start taking Folic Acid every day, you'll have the amount you need should you become pregnant. Remember, most pregnancies are unplanned.