WIC: Women, Infants and Children

What is WIC?

WIC is a nutrition education program that provides supplemental foods and nutrition information to keep pregnant women, infants and children under 5 healthy and strong.

*Program participation is confidential

Why get WIC for your family?

Women on WIC eat a healthier diet, have healthier babies and receive early prenatal care.

Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and have improved growth and development rates.

Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, and visit their doctors regularly.

Who is Eligible for WIC?

You are eligible if you meet all of the following:

  • Live in Malheur County (Citizenship is not a requirement for participation)
  • Are pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding woman, an infant or a child under five years old. *Fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children.
  • Have a nutritional need
  • Have a household* income that is less than or equal to the income guidelines below

Income Guidelines

Number of Person(s)
In Household

Gross Household Income

Annual

Monthly

Weekly

1

$20,147

$1,679

$388

2

$27,214

$2,268

$524

3

$34,281

$2,857

$660

4

$41,348

$3,446

$796

5

$48,415

$4,035

$932

6

$55,482

$4,624

$1,067

7

$62,549

$5,213

$1,203

8

$69,616

$5,802

$1,339

Each additional
household member add:

+$7,067 

+$589

+$136

*You are income-eligible for WIC if you get TANF, SNAP or the Oregon Health Plan.

*Household: A person or group of people, related or not, who usually live together and whose income and consumption of goods and services are related,. In determining the size of household for a pregnant WIC applicant, count each fetus as an additional household member.

*Income: Means gross income, including overtime, before deductions for income and social security taxes, insurance premiums, etc.

What Does WIC Provide?

  • Answers to your nutrition questions
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Information on how to feed your child, prenatal care, breastfeeding and much more
  • Help getting other services
  • Caring and professional staff, including bilingual services, a certified lactation consultant and registered dietitian
  • Vouchers to buy foods that hlep keep you healthy and strong:
    • Milk
    • Cheese
    • Eggs
    • Dried beans or peas
    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Baby food
    • 100% fruit juice
    • Peanut butter
    • Whole weat bread, corn tortillas, or brown rice
    • Canned fish

            *Extra foods for moms who are breastfeeding

How Can I Participate?

To apply: Call (541) 889-7041 or stop by our office at 1108 S.W. 4th Street, Ontario, OR.

Who Benefits from WIC?

All of us do.  Over the past 25 years, there have been hundreds of scientific studies that demonstrate the cost-effectiveness and positive health outcomes of women and children participating in WIC. These benefits include:

  • Reduced incidence of low birth weight infants and infant mortality.
  • Healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births
  • Major savings in health care costs, specifically Medicaid, SSI for disabled children and special education.
  • Improved learning in school, better cognitive performance and better digit memory test scores.
  • Reduced incidence of anemia among children and pregnant women.
  • Improved immunization rates, improved diets and a greater likelihood of obtaining prenatal and regular health care.