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WIC Program

WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC helps families by providing nutrition education, issuing checks for healthy supplemental foods, and making referrals to healthcare and other community services. Mary's Center encourages every eligible parent to apply for the WIC benefit.

Who Qualifies For DC WIC?

You may qualify for WIC if you are:·

  •  Are pregnant or breastfeeding, a new mother, an infant, or a child up to age 5;
  •  Live in DC (You do not have to show proof of U.S. citizenship to participate.);
  •  Meet income guidelines or medical risk for your family as listed below or are participating in Medicaid, DC Healthy Families, School Lunch Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or the Food Stamp Program; and/or
  • Have a nutritional or medical risk (determined by a nutritionist or other health professional).

2016 Income Guidelines – Prescreening Tool

Persons in Family of Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice-Monthly

Bi-Weekly

Weekly

1

$21,775

$1,815

$908

$838

$419

2

$29,471

$2,456

$1,228

$1,134

$567

3

$37,167

$3,098

$1,549

$1,430

$715

4

$44,863

$3,739

$1,870

$1,726

$863

5

$52,559

$4,380

$2,190

$2,022

$1,011

6

$60,255

$5,022

$2,511

$2,318

$1,159

7

$67,951

$5,663

$2,832

$2,614

$1,307

8

$75,647

$6,304

$3,152

$2,910

$1,455

Each additional family member add

+ $7,696

+ $642

+ $321

+ $296

+ $148

What Are The Benefits of WIC

WIC Food Package - The WIC food packages provide supplemental foods designed to meet the special nutritional needs of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age who are at nutritional risk. The foods available in the DC WIC food package (English/Spanish PDF) include:

·         Whole Grains – wheat bread and rolls, brown rice, oats, barley, tortilla, whole wheat pasta

·         Cereal

·         Dairy – Milk, Yogurt, Soy milk

·         Proteins – Egg, Tofu, Beans, Peanut butter, Canned fish

·         Fruits and Vegetables – Fresh, Frozen, Canned, Dried

·         Fruit Juice – 100% Fruit Juice

·         Infant Formula and Baby Food

·         Special Formula with Prescription from a Doctor.

o    Prescription form

o   DC WIC Formulary

These benefits are in the form of a food voucher that can be redeemed in a grocery store.

Nutrition Education – Participants eligible for WIC at Mary’s Center get access to the services of a registered dietitian in the WIC program at no cost. WIC food packages and nutrition education are the chief means by which WIC affects the dietary quality and habits of participants. Over the years, some of the outcomes of the WIC Program have been:

Improved Health Outcomes

§  WIC reduces fetal deaths and infant mortality.

§  WIC reduces low birth weight rates and increases the duration of pregnancy.

§  WIC improves the growth of nutritionally at-risk infants and children.

§  WIC decreases the incidence of iron deficiency anemia in children.

§  WIC improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women and improves weight gain in pregnant women.

§  Pregnant women participating in WIC receive prenatal care earlier.

§  Children enrolled in WIC are more likely to have a regular source of medical care and have more up to date immunizations.

§  WIC helps get children ready to start school: children who receive WIC benefits demonstrate improved intellectual development.

§  WIC significantly improves children’s diets

Source: USDA

Breastfeeding Support

Mary’s Center WIC participants have access to a breastfeeding per counselor during the time the WIC Clinics are opened. WIC participants with who may need additional support are referred to a WIC lactation consultant at no cost. Mothers can get additional breastfeeding support through the use of technology such as texting (BFedDC) and video conferencing (Pacify app).

Beautiful Beginnings Club: The BBC is a club for pregnant mothers planning to breastfeed and new mothers. The club aims to provide breastfeeding support, education programs and incentives to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Club members are encouraged to initiate and continue breastfeeding for at least six (6) months, preferably exclusive breastfeeding.

Some of the community partners that support the BBC are the DC Diaper Bank and First Shift Justice Project

The Beautiful Beginnings Club meets at

·         Ontario Rd – 3rd Monday of each month, Kalorama Room (1:00 pm to 2:00pm)

·         Georgia Ave – 3 Wednesdays a month – Centering Room (2:30 pm to 3:30 pm)

WIC also supports breastfeeding through an enhanced food package for breastfeeding mothers. Manual or electric pumps may be available when mothers return to work or school, or in cases of illness of the mom or baby.

How Can I Apply for WIC?

You can apply by calling or coming to any of our locations to make an appointment.

Mary’s Center WIC Program Locations/Contact Details

- 2333 Ontario Road, NW (Map)

Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tel: (202) 232-6679 Fax: (202) 232-3429 or (202) 797-2628

- 3912 Georgia Ave, NW (Map)

Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tel: (202) 545-8042  Fax: (202) 829-14128

- 1060 Brentwood Road, NE (Next to Adventure Dental)

Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Tel: (202) 269-0487  

- COMING SOON: WIC at Fort Totten, located at 100 Gallatin Street, NE

- General Enquiries: Tel: (202) 232-6721

We offer weekend and late appointments for voucher pick up and re-certifications only.

What Else Does Mary’s Center WIC Offer?

Nutrition Education Events: The WIC staff at Mary’s Center promotes a different topic about health or nutrition each month. Nutritionists and technicians lead cooking demos, participant centered activities and provide take home information for all individuals that come in to the clinic.

Community OutreachWIC staff are out in the community on a weekly basis. You might find us at health fairs, community centers, churches, farmers markets, daycares, shelters and grocery stores promoting nutrition, healthy habits, WIC and Mary’s Center! If you ever see Mary’s Center staff out in the community come chat with us, we are here to help. If community organizations are interested in hosting us, please give WIC a call or email aboateng@maryscenter.org

Farmers Markets: For women and children over 1-year-old, WIC also provides fresh fruits and vegetables (June – November) through the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

Social Media: Check out Mary’s Center’s blog, Twitter and Facebook pages. WIC dietitians write about healthy eating and lifestyle topics for the general public. Mary’s Center dietitians are your experts on keeping you and your family healthy! 

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