Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Program Updates:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following WIC changes will go into effect on Monday, March 22:

  • WIC sites are closed for in-person appointments. You can make a telephone appointment by calling (202) 232-6679.
  • All checks for pick-up appointments will be mailed, and you should not come to the clinic.
  • 6-month nutrition assessments will be waived, and the checks will be mailed.
  • For infants under 8 weeks, physical presence requirements are waived.
  • Children who have been to WIC before will have their physical presence requirement waived for certifications.

For questions and to learn more about WIC, call (202) 232-6679.

Learn more about Mary’s Center’s response to COVID-19 here.

About WIC

A balanced diet plays a big part in building a healthy body, but we know it can be hard to get the right kind of foods for you and your family. In addition to nutrition counseling, Mary’s Center is an official site for the federally-funded Women, Infants, and Children  (WIC) program. Mary’s Center connects you to the nutrition resources and services available in our community and puts healthy food at your family’s fingertips.  

We encourage every eligible parent to apply for WIC benefits at Mary’s Center by calling (202) 232-6679 to make an in-person WIC application appointment. If you’re approved as a Mary’s Center WIC participant, you will receive a food voucher to purchase foods found on the DC WIC Food List. The food list can be downloaded in English and Spanish.  

As an approved Mary’s Center WIC participant, you will also have access to:

Breastfeeding Support  

We can connect you with a breastfeeding peer counselor or a WIC breastfeeding consultant 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. 

  • Online Breastfeeding Support: The Pacify app allows you to video-call with a doctor or nurse to ask questions about breastfeeding, infant feeding, and other infant or child health concerns. Video calls are free and can be done in English or Spanish.
  • Beautiful Beginnings Club (BBC): Supported by the DC Diaper Bank  and  First Shift Justice Project, the BBC provides new mothers and soon-to-be mothers breastfeeding support, education programs, and incentives. BBC meets at the Adams Morgan and Petworth health centers. Contact us for more information about meeting times. 

Nutrition Counseling and Education  

Our registered  dietitians  (RDs) are available to give nutrition counseling and education at no cost to you. RDs will help you create a healthy meal plan with the WIC food package and your budget in mind, helping you and your family eat foods that support your specific health needs. 

Contact us

Mary’s Center is ready to partner with you on your health journey. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the information below: 

  • To learn more about WIC or make a WIC application appointment, call (202) 232-6679  

*A fourth DC WIC site can be found at Adventure Dental located at 1060 Brentwood Road NE

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm | Tel: (202) 269-0487