General Questions

Mission


To safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.


What we do


  • Assess the nutritional status of our participants.
  • Provide checks for healthy foods based on the clients’ nutritional needs.
  • Educate mothers and families on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.
  • Expand the use of the fruit and vegetable vouchers to allow its use at WIC approved Farmer’s markets statewide.
  • Offer referrals to needed medical and social services in the community.
  • Support breastfeeding mothers with a medical necessity, or upon returning to work or school, by providing free hospital-grade, electric breast pumps.
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How to Apply


To apply, call for an appointment at a local WIC office.

WIC benefits are available to women who are pregnant, just had a baby, and to children under the age of five whose household meets income guidelines. The sooner you apply, the sooner you can receive benefits that will prepare you and your child for a healthy outcome. Women who apply early in their pregnancy are more likely to have a healthy baby. Children who stay on WIC until the age of five, are better prepared and more likely to succeed in school.

WIC Benefits


  • Meet with a nutritionist (infants and children are weighed, measured, and have an iron screening);
  • Get support for breastfeeding your baby;
  • Learn about eating healthy;
  • Receive a “food prescription” designed for your specific nutritional needs;
  • Receive checks redeemable for healthy foods at participating WIC vendor stores, and
  • Get referrals to helpful services for your family.

Fathers, grandparents, and foster parents can also apply for WIC to receive benefits for infants and children in their care.

Children who are WIC participants must accompany their parent/guardian to appointments for continued screenings for iron in the blood and growth development.

Food List

WIC approved foods can include the following items: milk, cheese, yogurt, beans or peanut butter, fruits/vegetables, eggs, whole grains (bread/tortilla/brown rice), juice, cereal, and baby foods. Formula and soy products are available based on a WIC participant’s nutritional needs.

Find WIC Offices

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Coventry

Cranston

Hope Valley

Johnston

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