The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a short-term intervention program designed to promote good nutrition and healthful behaviors for those who participate. Funding for the WIC Program comes from the US Department of Agriculture and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. We serve Cherokee Indian clients who participate at one of the two sites: Beloved Women and Children's Health and Wellness Center (Mon-Fri) Snowbird Child Development Center (second Wednesday each month).
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
• Women who:
—Are breastfeeding an infant less than one year old
Have delivered within the past 6 months (pregnancy outcome does not matter such as: live birth, miscarriage, still birth, etc.)
• Infants (up to 12 months old)
• Children (under 5 years of age)
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT GUIDELINES
• Eligible for services at the Cherokee Indian Hospital (or be a part of a family who is eligible for these services)
• Income – you must furnish proof (such as check stubs) More information on WIC Income Guidelines (pdf)
• Participation in Medicaid, Food Stamps, Food Distribution (Commodities), or Work First makes your income eligible
• Quality nutrition and health education
• Breastfeeding support and education
• Vouchers for specific, free, nutritious foods
• Referrals for prenatal and children's health care services such as dental care, immunizations and well child visits
• Friendly, helpful staff to assist you with other programs such as Commodities, Head Start, Food Stamps, Medicaid or Health Check
The special supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is open to all elibigle persons regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability.
NEW WIC FOOD LIST
NC WIC Approved Foods / Los Alimentos Aprobados Por WIC Effective October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2014
IMPORTANCE OF BREASTFEEDING
• Even though infant formula is provided, WIC staff continues to urge moms to breastfeed.
• Breast milk is the only natural first food for babies and is superior to any formula in a can.
• Breast milk provides many advantages over formula. Knowing this, WIC staff strongly promotes breastfeeding for all infants during the first year of life.
• Breast milk provides the best nutrition, does not need electricity or refrigeration, and is found in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
• Breast milk contains everything an infant needs for the first six months of life.
HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES
Eat Smart – Include at least a total of 5 fruits and vegetables each day
Get Active – Do something physical at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes each time, such as walking, dancing, gardening, riding a bike, playing sports, swimming, etc.