Submitted by Cheri Nemec
Project WIC Director
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
The Wisconsin WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) Program is celebrating all the services that WIC has to offer families in Wisconsin during Enrollment Week, August 19-23rd, 2019.
The purpose of the WIC Program is to promote and maintain the health and well-being of pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, supplemental nutritious foods, and referrals to other health and nutrition services. During Enrollment Week, WIC Projects across the state will be highlighting the amazing benefits of the WIC Program including the use of WIC foods, acknowledging community partners and congratulating caregivers.
Program services are available to Wisconsin residents who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have had a baby in the past 6 months. Along with women, infants and children up to age 5 are served through WIC. Fathers, grandparents, or foster parents may enroll their children in WIC.
Many working families qualify for WIC. Participants need to have income that is equal or less than WIC income guidelines and have a nutrition or health need identified through an assessment. The program uses the same income guidelines as the free and reduced-price school lunches. A family may be eligible for WIC if they participate in Kinship Care, W-2, FoodShare, BadgerCare, or Food Distribution on Indian Reservations.
WIC has 68 project locations across the state including services at all 11 federally recognized tribes. Families can find out about how WIC can support them by contacting their local WIC office. For more information on WIC sites across the state visit dhs.wisconsin.gov/WIC or call 1-800-722-2295. Check out WIC on social media by following #WICsconsin.
Please feel free to reach out to any of the WIC Projects in the area for further information.
Tribal WIC Contacts:
Red Cliff-call Heidi at 715-779-3707 x2261
LCO-call Barb at 715-638-5104
Stockbridge Munsee-call Anita at 715-793-3018