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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 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 (as determined by a nutritionist or other health professional).

The FY19 Income Guideline for WIC is set at 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. (Effective Jul 1, 2018 - Jun 30th 2019)

Click here to check your eligibility using the Prescreening Tool.

Persons in Family of Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice-Monthly

Bi-Weekly

Weekly

1

$22,459

$1,872

$936

$864

$432

2

$30,451

$2,538

$1,269

$1,172

$893

3

$38,443

$3,204

$1,602

$1,479

$740

4

$46,435

$3,870

$1,935

$1,786

$893

5

$54,427

$4,536

$2,268

$2,094

$1,047

6

$62,419

$5,202

$2,601

$2,401

$1,201

7

$70,411

$5,868

$2,934

$2,709

$1,355

8

$78,403

$6,534

$3,267

$3,016

$1,508

Each additional family member add

+ $7,992

+ $666

+ $333

+ $308

+ $154

mother and child

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

Click for WIC Recipe Book·         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:

Breastfeeding Support

Mary’s Center WIC participants have access to a breastfeeding per counselor during the time the WIC Clinics are open. 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), which are free of charge for WIC participants.

Pacify is an app that allows parents to video call healthcare providers for advice on breastfeeding, infant feeding, and other infant or child health issues. Pacify services are available for subscribers at any time: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WIC provides access to the lactation consultant feature of the Pacify app free of charge to WIC participants. This lets our WIC participants call a lactation consultant anytime through the app for support with breastfeeding in Spanish and English.

Beautiful Beginnings Club (BBC): 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 for breastfeeding class and peer support at

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

  • Classes in English and Spanish

·         Georgia Ave – Three Wednesdays a month – Teen Room (2:00 pm to 3:00 pm)

  • Classes in English, Spanish and Amharic

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 Contact Information:

Contact information for all clinics:

Appointment line: 202-232-6679

Fax: 202-464-5599

Email: efaxwic@maryscenter.org

 

Mary’s Center WIC Program Locations/Contact Details

  • 2333 Ontario Road, NW (Map)

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

Saturdays (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) by appointment only.

Tel: 202-232-6679

 

  • 3912 Georgia Ave, NW (Map)

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

Saturdays (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) by appointment only.

Tel: 202-545-8042

 

  • 1060 Brentwood Road, NE (Inside Adventure Dental) (Map)

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

Tel: (202) 269-0487  

 

  • 100 Gallatin Street, NE (Near Fort Totten Metro Station) (Map)

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Tel: (202) 232-6679   Fax: (202) 464-5599

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

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Mary’s Center SNAP-Ed Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a nutrition education program for individuals who are eligible for SNAP (food stamps). The program teaches about nutrition, physical activity, and how people can make their food dollars stretch further. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to help families make better, healthier food decisions.

Nutrition Education Events and Community Outreach: Every week, the SNAP-Ed team goes out into the community to provide education on healthy eating and food demonstrations. Nutritionists and SNAP-Ed educators lead cooking demos, participant-centered activities and provide take-home information for all individuals who come to events. 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 us a call at 202-232-6679 or email efaxwic@maryscenter.org.

Farmers’ Markets: For women and children over six months of age, WIC also provides fresh fruits and vegetables (June – November) through the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. These “Get Fresh!” checks are an additional benefit for eligible WIC participants and are distributed once a year in the summer. You can find both WIC and SNAP-Ed representatives from Mary’s Center at farmers’ markets throughout the summer.

Social Media: Check out Mary’s Center’s blog, Twitter and Facebookpages. 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! 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

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 responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or 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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

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