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:
- 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
WIC Breastfeeding Program
Virginia Beach WIC Program actively promotes breastfeeding.
- A Breastfeeding Helpline is available 24 hours a day.
- Please call 757-284-9428 with any Breastfeeding concerns or questions.
- Peer Counselors are available at each WIC site to provide support and information to pregnant and breastfeeding clients.
- Breast pumps are available to WIC moms that will be returning to school or work.
- Breastfeeding Classes are held monthly at each site.
- Exclusively Breastfeeding moms on WIC also receive an extra bonus of additional fruits, vegetables, cheese, beans, fish and whole grains on their WIC food benefits.
The Virginia WIC Program now has a new education tool available to WIC participants. The Health Bites website is a great way for participants to complete their Nutrition Education Class online. Participants will need their WIC ID to log into Health Bites and receive nutrition education credit. Once you complete the course online, you must print out your completion certificate. Want to check out the website, log on to: http://www.healthbitesva.org/
The Virginia WIC Program has gone paper-less!!
The Virginia WIC Program eWIC card will be replacing with the paper food instruments (vouchers).
Conversion to the new Crossroads system was implemented in Virginia Beach on March 3, 2014. Clients are being transitioned to the new eWIC EBT cards when they attend their Nutrition Class or Certification appointment.
~The eWIC card is the quick and easy way to purchase WIC foods.~
The family’s WIC food benefits will be automatically credited to the eWIC card account. The card can be used at stores displaying the ”Virginia eWIC Card Accepted Here” sign.
Using the eWIC EBT card will speed up the process at the register. It will eliminate the need for a store manager approval on WIC purchases, which was required at many grocery stores, when participants cashed their paper food instruments.
For more information about the eWIC EBT cards see the FAQ sheets below.
- Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in English
- Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in Spanish
For convenience, there are 4 WIC clinics in Virginia Beach.
- WIC Program(Corporate Center III) 4452 Corporation Lane, Suite 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-518-2789
- WIC Program (Oceanfront) 1091 Norfolk Ave, Suite 204 Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-491-5183
- WIC Program (NAS Oceana) Building 531, NAS Oceana Virginia Beach, VA 23460 757-491-5928
- WIC Program (Indian River) 900 Commonwealth Place Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-424-9970