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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)


Being pregnant or breastfeeding a baby is a big job.  The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) can help.  The objective of the WIC Program is to prevent the occurrence of health problems and improve the health status of those served.  The WIC Program can help pregnant, breastfeeding or post-partum women, infants, and children in low income or no income families.  WIC will provide, at no cost, nutritious foods to supplement their diet, information on healthy eating and referrals for health care.

WIC provides benefits for these participants during critical times of growth and development.  WIC teaches them how to choose and prepare nutritious and affordable foods.  

An applicant must qualify financially and nutritionally to receive WIC benefits. In order to determine eligibility, the applicant must provide proof of income and have a gross income within the income guidelines set by the USDA.

Medical referral forms are available at the WIC office for completion by the medical facility.  If medical information is not available from a medical facility, the applicant's height, weight, and blood-work will be completed at the WIC office at the time of the appointment. 

For more information, please call (757) 518-2789.


What is WIC?

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture.  WIC helps pregnant women, post-partum and breastfeeding mothers, infants (newborn – 11 months) and young children (less than 5 yrs.) stay healthy and eat right during times of important growth.
Our mission is to work with communities to provide nutrition and health information, resources, and support to encourage choices for healthy living.                              

What WIC offers:

  • Personalized nutrition assessments and education
  • Referrals to medical and social service agencies
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Supplemental nutritious food

Eligibility is determined by the following 4 criteria:
1.  Categorical

    • Pregnant/Postpartum women
    • Breastfeeding mothers
    • Infants less than 1 year old
    • Children less than 5 years old

2.  Residential - proof of residency includes one of the items below, but is not limited to:

    • Current Virginia driver's license
    • Current Medicaid card
    • Business mail with Virginia address - such as a phone or utility bill
    • Rent of mortgage receipts, etc.

If you are in the military and just moved to Virginia, the following items may also be used as proof of residency:

    • A letter from the Company Commander on official letterhead
    • Copy of official Department of Defense orders with Virginia installation assignment; or
    • Leave & Earning Statement (LES) listing Virginia as the service member's Home of Record      

3.  Financial Eligibility

    • Must fall below 185% of the Federal Proverty Level
    • Enrollment in TANF, FAMIS, Medicaid, SNAP/Food Stamps, Free/Reduced Prices Lunches automatically qualify with proof of enrollment.

4.  Nutritional - assessments are done to determine a nutrition risk such as:

    • Medical condition such as anemia inadequate weight gain during pregnancy, or weight/height over 95 percentile for children
    • Diet with too many or not enough nutrients


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Last Updated: 11-25-2014

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