117 W Paterson
Kalamazoo, MI - 49007
117 W Paterson
Kalamazoo, MI - 49007
The Official WIC program is available to low to moderate income pregnant women, recently delivered women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. Fathers can also bring their children to apply for WIC. You may apply for WIC if you are working or unemployed. Check the Income Guidelines Table to see if you are eligible for WIC. This website was created for women looking for WIC information and locations. We are also working towards adding other locations and services that may help out women.
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What is WIC?
WIC is a health and nutrition program that has demonstrated a positive effect on pregnancy outcomes, child growth and development. Here are some facts about WIC:
Each month, more than 200,000 moms, babies, and children less than age 5 receive nutritious foods from the Michigan WIC Program. WIC foods are worth $30-$112 or more per month for each participant.WIC participants receive help with nutrition education and breastfeeding, as well as referrals to other health services.One out of every two babies born in Michigan receives WIC benefits.The earlier a pregnant woman receives nutritional benefits from WIC, the more likely she is to seek prenatal care and deliver a normal weight infant.For every dollar spent by this program, more than three dollars in subsequent health care costs are saved.A family of four may earn $40,000 per year and qualify for WIC.Local communities are supported with more than $120 million yearly when WIC foods are purchased at grocery stores and pharmacies.To learn more, please call the WIC agency nearest you for more information or call 1-800-26-BIRTH. For the phone number of the WIC agencies serving your county, see Local WIC Agencies section of this web site.
How Does WIC Work?
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally-funded program that serves low and moderate income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who have a nutrition-related health problem.The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.WIC foods are selected to meet nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A & C.Participants exchange WIC food benefits at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies.
2015 Non-discrimination Statement FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their sub-recipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D. C. 20250-9410;(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or(3) email: email@example.com.
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My children and I visited the Kalamazoo WIC office on 9/12/19. Upon arrival for our scheduled appointment, we were greeted by a woman who was just finishing her lunch with a mouth full of food. She called our last name and I couldn’t understand. I asked “who?” Oh ok, that was us. We went back and spoke to her, the dietician. The first sentence included the topic of pork and worms. At first, it was surprising or shocking to immediately jump into a “taboo” or less talked about subject. But the conversation continued into going to speciality grocery stores (earth fare being one of them she said) and buying quality meats and carrot and beet juice. As I’m sitting there listening to her, I’m thinking to myself “well we are clearly sitting in this office for a reason. We can not afford those types of items”. I didn’t say that out loud. Truthfully, I was shocked and slightly appalled. She talked about how she raised her 3 now adult kids as a single mother and how well she took care of their eating habits. She mentioned adding wheat germ to their food? (Ok?). She also went on to say how bad she feels when she sees construction workers buying fast food for their lunches. That their wives should be preparing it for them. She asked if we all took vitamins and scolded me that we didn’t- especially “my husband”. That the most necessary time to take them is coming up (November through March) so she sounded as if I need to pick them up soon. She asked what my kids ate for breakfast and immediately I told her that I buy the cereal that WIC allows and my daughter loves the honey bunches of oats. She said something similar to “well... thats good. But I’d recommend a hot cereal instead”. I’m confused why this woman is working for a WIC. While she may have a valid point on some subjects, she’s dealing with low income people. I can’t afford to shop at speciality stores. And how would she know my husband is a construction worker? He’s not specifically that but he is in a similar labor field. Is information about him in your computers that I’m unaware of?? Is this policy to say this to people?? I understand this woman had the best of intentions. From our conversation, I know she meant well, she was very very very compassionate about being vegetarian. However, it was frustrating for me to feel that I don’t do my best and that I don’t feed my kids or family quality foods. Truthfully, I hope we don’t see her again. I don’t think it was a good fit. I don’t think she is a good fit with WIC. If anyone would like to get ahold of me for more information, I would encourage you too. My email is required for sending this letter. That will be a way to get ahold of me. I’ll be happy to provide my number. As well as I’m sure you can look me up in the system to see my information. This is upsetting. What if I was someone severely struggling just to get by?! I’m hoping this issue can be resolved so no other WIC receiver has to feel the need to ban all pork, go to Earth Fare and to stock up on vitamins for the entire family, speciality the man who works. Unimpressed for the first time.