Special Supplemental Nutrition Program For Women, Infants, And Children
To improve the health of women and children by providing nutritious
foods and nutrition education to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum
women to improve their diets and the diets of infants and children under
age 5 who have a financial need.
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WIC program expands food benefits to include additional healthful foods.
- Checks for milk, cereal, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, beans, juices, and infant formula. Tuna and carrots available for certain breastfeeding
- Individualized nutrition education.
- Growth and anemia screening
- Referrals to health, food and other community resources.
- Breastfeeding support and breast pump loan program
In order to be a participant in the Colorado WIC
Program a person must meet the following four criteria:
- Categorical - a person must be one of the following:
- Pregnant woman
- Breastfeeding woman (up to one year after the delivery of a baby)
- Postpartum woman who is not breastfeeding (up to 6 months after the delivery of a baby)
- Child up to 5 years of age
Not all categories are served in all
Colorado counties. In Weld, Rio Grande, Conejos, and Costilla counties the
categories served by WIC are limited because of the availability of the Commodity
Supplemental Foods Program. In other counties categories may be limited by caseload.
- In order to financially qualify for the WIC Program, a participant's combined household gross income cannot exceed the WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEG). The WIC IEGs are 185% of the Poverty Guidelines published in the Federal Register on 03/23/2012 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The WIC IEGs listed below are in effect for Colorado beginning July 1, 2012.
WIC INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
||185% of Poverty
Standard Deduction Gross Yearly
|For each additional family member add
NOTE: Add one to household size for a pregnant women
Use the following steps to manually calculate gross income.
- If a household has only one income source or if all income sources have the same frequency, compare the income, or the sum of the separate incomes, to the published IEGs for the appropriate frequency and household size.
- If a household reports income sources at more than one frequency, perform the following calculations:
- Annualize all income by multiplying weekly income by 52, income received every two weeks by 26, income received twice a month by 24, and income received monthly by 12.
- Do not round the values resulting from each conversion.
- Add together all the unrounded, converted values.
- Compare the total to the annual income for the appropriate household size to determine income eligibility.
- Address - Participants
in the Colorado WIC program must live in Colorado. Generally,
they are also required to be served in the county where they live. In some cases a local WIC agency may serve several counties.
In that case, a person must be served by the local agency that
provides services for their county.
- Nutritional Need -
Nutritional need is determined during a WIC visit and must meet
certain criteria established for the WIC Program.
Potential participants provide information on the appropriate Health
Questionnaire below. Nutritional need is determined from that
information along with growth measurements and blood iron values.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What happens if I miss my appointment?
If you are already enrolled on WIC, you should call and make another
call the main number of the clinic nearest you for more information.
For new clients that have missed an appointment, please call the nearest
clinic to reschedule
- Will I get money back if I don't buy all the foods on my WIC check?
No. If you can not use all the foods on your checks, please talk to
a WIC educator about tailoring a food package that meets your needs.
- What's in a WIC food package?
The Northeast County Health Department has a nice website with these details.
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