WIC

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

The mission of WIC is “to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.”

WIC helps pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, new moms with babies under six months old, and children up to five years old, providing healthy foods such as milk, juice, cereal, cheese, eggs, whole grain bread, brown rice, peanut butter, beans, infant formula, tuna, canned salmon, sardines, fruits, and vegetables. Additionally, nutrition education is available to improve family health, as is breastfeeding advice and support. WIC also can make referrals to doctors, dentists, and other community services.

What WIC does:

  • Assess the nutritional status of our participants.
  • Provide checks for healthy foods based on the clients’ nutritional needs.
  • Educate mothers and families on healthy eating.
  • Expand the use of the fruit and vegetable vouchers to allow its use at WIC-approved Farmer’s markets statewide.
  • Offer referrals to needed medical and social services in the community.
  • Support breastfeeding mothers with a medical necessity, or upon returning to work or school, by providing free hospital-grade, electric breast pumps.

Two locations

Wood River Health Services provides WIC services at these locations:

At Wood River Health facility:           Thur.: 8am – 4pm

Tower Street Community Center (93 Tower St., Westerly, RI):

Mon, Tues. & Fri.: 9am – 5pm;         Wed: 10am – 6pm

 

This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider in accordance with USDA regulations. More info is available here.