The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
The WIC Program provides nutrition education, health care referrals, breastfeeding support and vouchers for nutritious supplemental foods at no cost to eligible Lake County residents. In doing so, WIC prevents more serious medical problems caused by poor nutrition.
WIC knows that good nutrition, starting with pregnancy, provides the best possible start for babies and children to grow up strong and healthy.
WIC Supports Healthy Families
Free health and nutrition screening
Free nutrition counseling and education; many session topics offered
Referrals for medical care, immunizations, and other services
WIC food packages offer whole grain options - including whole grain bread, brown rice, corn tortillas, or oatmeal, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, juice, cheese, iron-fortified cereal, legumes (dried beans and peas), peanut butter and jarred baby foods
Coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables from local Farmer's Markets during summer months
WIC Supports Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the recommended infant feeding choice and breastfeeding families receive extra benefits from WIC including extra eggs, milk, grains, tuna, or salmon, and more infant foods included jarred meats, fruits, and vegetables
Breastfeeding education and counseling are provided throughout pregnancy and baby's first year
Our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program includes 4 peer counselors who are available in clinics and by phone/text to assist families in meeting their breastfeeding goals
We have Certified Lactation Counselors at each WIC office to provide additional guidance to families if needed