WIC (Women, Infant & Children)

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food, and other services free of charge to Washington families that qualify.

Why WIC is Important:

  • When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you and your baby need more of certain nutrients.  The only way your growing baby gets nutrients to build healthy muscles and bones and other body tissues is from you and the foods you eat.
  • What you eat can make the difference in your health and your baby's birth weight.  Good nutrition also protects against some health problems.
  • If you are a teenager, your body is still growing while your baby is developing inside you.  Eating the right foods will help both you and your baby to develop and grow.
  • The WIC food package does not provide all the foods you and your baby need.  It supplements the foods you buy.  The WIC staff can help you plan to make healthy choices for yourself and your family.

WIC may be able to help you if:

  • You are pregnant or have recently given birth, and
  • You have low income or no income, and
  • You have a nutrition or health problem.

Length of time you can stay on WIC:

  • During your pregnancy and up to 6 months after your baby is born
  • Up to 1 year after your baby is born if you continue breastfeeding
  • Up to 6 months after your baby is born if you are not breastfeeding

Length of time your child can stay on WIC:

  • From birth up to the 5th birthday


If you are interest in learning more about WIC call:

Adams County Health Department at (509) 488-2031 or please visit: 

Washington State Department of Health WIC Nutrition Program