What is WIC?

WIC is a food and nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Michigan Department of Community Health. Local agencies, such as health departments and non-profit organizations, deliver WIC services and benefits to the public.

WIC helps to correct or prevent malnutrition in low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to 5 years old who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. WIC provides supplemental food, offers professional nutrition education, promotes breastfeeding through the first year of life, and makes referrals based on health screening and assessments of need.

Which foods does WIC provide?

WIC provides specific foods to supplement the dietary needs of participants to ensure good health and development. Food packages typically include iron-fortified infant cereal, milk, cheese, eggs, whole grains, peanut butter, beans, fruits, vegetables, and juice. See a list of WIC foods.

WIC also provides:
  • NUTRITION EDUCATION: Nutrition education is offered to all WIC participants or their caregivers. Common topics include nutrition during pregnancy, infant feeding, nutrition during childhood, and wise food shopping. WIC encourages women to breastfeed because of the many health benefits for both baby and mother.
  • REFERRALS: An added benefit of the WIC Program is screening for other health problems and referrals to other appropriate health and social services. These referrals may be for Medicaid, MI-Child, Healthy Kids, Food Stamps, immunizations, child health screening, family planning, Project Fresh and more.
Who is Eligible for WIC?

Those eligible to receive WIC are pregnant and breastfeeding women; women who have recently had a baby; infants from birth to 12 months; and children from 1 to 5 years who are also:

  • Residents of the state of Michigan.
  • Income eligible.
  • Determined by WIC clinic staff, in local agencies, to be at nutrition and/or health risk.
How do I Apply for WIC?
  • Just contact your nearest WIC agency or call 1-800-26-BIRTH (1-800-262-4784) for information about your local WIC agency and how to apply. In Ionia County the nearest WIC agency is the Ionia County Health Department, call (616) 527-5337 for more information.
  • WIC helps pregnant women see physicians earlier and receive timely prenatal care.
  • WIC improves pregnancy outcome by providing or referring to support services necessary for full term pregnancies.
  • WIC participation improves the diet of pregnant women and improves the length of pregnancy and infant birth weight.
  • WIC participation reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low-birth-weight infants (under 5 1/2 pounds). Low birth weight infants are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries, and physical abnormalities.
  • WIC significantly reduces anemia among preschool children.
  • WIC children are better immunized and more likely to have a regular source of health care.

Remember, WIC food items and infant formula cannot be returned or exchanged for cash or other products.

When do I call Customer Service (1-888-678-8914)?
  • Call if your card is lost or stolen. Always call the minute you find out your card is gone.
  • Call if your card is damaged or will not work.
  • Call if someone is using your card without your approval.
  • Call if you need to know your WIC food balance and do not have your shopping list or your last store receipt.
  • Call if you forgot your PIN or would like to change your PIN.
  • Call if you have quesitons or need help with your card.

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Woman, Infants, & Children (WIC)

Phone:
(616) 527-5337
WIC Bridge Card (EBT) Customer Service:
1-888-678-8914

Fax:
(616) 527-8208

Hours:
Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 4:00pm

WIC Late Clinics:
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10am – 5:30pm