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Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Every year as part of the WIC State Plan process, we provide an opportunity for the public to share their comments on our program. The comment period this year is May 1, 2016 – June 15, 2016.

We’re using the Department of Health’s Twitter and Facebook sites to share information about the Public Comment period. We’ll also post information to our newly created WIC Public Comment page of the WIC website: http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/WIC/PublicComment. This page will have the information on the public comment period by May 1, 2016.

People can also send us their comments by email WICStatePlan@doh.wa.gov.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that helps parents learn how to eat well and stay healthy. It provides a combination of nutrition education and referrals to health care and social service providers.

WIC is a U.S. Department of Agriculture Program.

Freezing milk and cheese: You can freeze both gallon milk and cheese.

Benefits of WIC:

  • Health screening
  • Nutrition and health education
  • Breastfeeding promotion and support
  • Help getting other services
  • Checks for nutritious foods

WIC Locations in Lewis County:

Chehalis – Main Office
Location: 2nd floor of the Health Services Building
360 NW North St. – Chehalis, WA 98532
Hours: 8am – 5 pm: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
8am – 7pm: Thursday
Phone: 360-740-1255 or 1-800-562-6130 ext:1255

Satellite Sites:
(Call the main office for dates and times)

  • Randle: Fire Station
  • Mossyrock: Mossyrock Community Center

WIC Eligibility:

  • Pregnant and Breastfeeding women
  • Postpartum women
  • Infants
  • Children up to age five
  • Nutrition risk verified by a health care professional at WIC assessment
  • Foster children under five and foster teens who are pregnant
  • Income level at 185% of the federal poverty level (see chart below) or applicant enrolled in Medicaid.

If you receive Basic Food Program benefits, Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) you are income eligible for WIC.

Statewide WIC Income Eligibility Standards Effective Date: April 11, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Table of WIC Eligibility by gross income and household size.

Information: Federal regulations set WIC income eligibility at 185 % of the federal poverty level. Local agencies will implement the new standards on April 1st of each year.

WIC Nutrition Program doesn't discriminate. 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, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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 Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may 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 complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

Email: program.intake@usda.gov

Fax: (202) 690-7442

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Washington State WIC Nutrition Program doesn’t discriminate.