Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC is a federally funded outpatient nutrition program that provides nutrition assessment and counseling, supplemental foods and specialized nutrition products, and food vouchers for at-risk pregnant women, new mothers and breastfeeding women, and children under age 5. Patients must be financially eligible to receive WIC services, which are free of charge.
Major components fo the WIC program are nutrition counseling to prevent disease, the promotion and support of breastfeeding, including the loan of breast pumps; and referrals for health care, including vaccine screening. At a physician’s request, WIC dietitians provide nutrition plans and counseling for specific medical conditions.
The WIC program at UM is staffed by licensed dietitians, a lactation (breastfeeding) consultant, and support personnel. The program’s director, Mark Rosenblum, MPH, MBA, RD, LDN, has served on a variety of state and local committees related to public health nutrition and WIC program policy.
Do you qualify for WIC?
WIC is available to pregnant and breastfeeding women, new mothers, infants, and children under age 5 who are at nutritional risk, meet WIC income guidelines and live in Florida. Gross income must not exceed 185% of U.S. poverty guidelines. Patients receiving Medicaid, temporary cash assistance or food stamps are automatically income-eligible. Proof of U.S. citizenship is NOT required; undocumented aliens may participate. Records are strictly confidential.
Referrals are welcome from physicians and other allied health professionals, or patients can call the program directly. The WIC staff evaluates each candidate and determines eligibility. Required health information is explained on the WIC Medical Referral Form found on the Florida WIC website. WIC will obtain this information if is not provided by the referral. More information on WIC can be found here.
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