For Infants and Children

COVID-19 RESPONSE:  The Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program is available for any pregnant woman, infant or child under age 5. Currently, all WIC services for West Piedmont Health District are being completed through phone calls only to practice social distancing. If you are interested in services, please call your local WIC office or apply online at

Immunizations – Immunizations for infants and children are available. You may contact your local health department for service times and appointments. You may contact your local health department for service times and appointments.

Car Safety Seat Program – Car safety seat education and free car seats for eligible low income families. Attend a 2 hour class with video on installation of car seats and car seat safety.English and Spanish eligibility information available. You may contact your local health department for service times and appointments.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

WIC helps improve the health of nutritionally at-risk low-income women, infants, and children through supplemental nutrition counseling. WIC services are provided at no cost through USDA funds. WIC helps pregnant women; moms up to 6 months after the baby’s birth, if not breastfeeding; moms up to 1 year after baby is born, if fully breastfeed only; babies up to age 1; and children from age 1 up to their 5th birthday. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition information, breastfeeding support, healthcare referrals, and community program information. WIC benefits currently are loaded to an EBT card called eWIC. You may contact the local health department for more detailed information. Appointments are required. Click here for eligibility requirements information.

(NOTE: 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:, 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: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.)

WIC provides:

  • screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services agencies,
  • nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support,  and
  • supplemental nutritious foods.

FOR WHOM? To be eligible for the WIC program, applicants must meet categorical, residential, income and nutrition risk requirements.

HOW TO APPLY – You will need to bring some information to the WIC appointment.

  • Proof of income (pay stubs, Medicaid card, Food Stamp letter, etc.)
  • Proof of identity (driver’s license, birth certificate or Social Security card)
  • Proof that you live in Virginia (utility bill or other item with your name and current street address)

FEES – None


  • In Franklin County, call (540) 484-0292 and choose Ext. 217 or 218.
  • In Martinsville/Henry County, call (276) 638-2311 and choose Ext. 137 or 142
  • In Patrick County, call (276) 693-2070 and choose Ext. 2066 WEDNESDAYS ONLY

Newborn Screening – Performed for newborns not tested in hospital or needing pre-testing.

FAMIS – A special Medicaid for children who do not qualify for regular Medicaid. Must meet certain eligibility requirements. A representative with the Martinsville and Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is located at the Henry-Martinsville Health Department every Tuesday (afternoon only).

Baby Care – Home visiting program for pregnant women and infants up to age 2. Assessments are done to determine needs. Covers infants from birth to age 2. Provides home visiting with education on how to take care of baby, monitor weight, blood pressure, nutrition, and pregnancy information. Provides assistance to mother for smoking cessation. Appointments required.