What can WIC do for you and your family?
What can WIC do for you and your family? FREE FOOD PACKAGES which may include
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains like pasta, bread, rice, whole wheat or soft corn tortillas
- Milk or soy-based beverage
- Peanut butter
- Beans, peas, lentils
- Tuna or Salmon (for breastfeeding women only)
- Infant fruits and vegetables
- Infant meats (for fully breastfeed infants only)
- Infant cereal
- Infant formula
Some WIC items may require a prescription from your doctor (such as non-contract formulas or special products, whole milk. Talk with a WIC Nutritionist for more information.
Who is eligible for WIC?
WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a mother, father, grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian of a child under age five, you can apply for WIC.
Benefits are provided to women who are pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding and Infants and Children up to age 5 that:
- Live in North Carolina
- Live in a household with income at or below WIC guidelines**
- Have a nutrition-risk factor (determined by your WIC nutritionist during your assessment) such as food allergies, a diet with less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day or a health condition
** Those who currently receive Medicaid, Work First, or SNAP benefits automatically qualify for WIC.
What will my first visit be like?
Please allow up to an hour for your initial visit to apply for WIC. Follow up visits will likely be shorter depending on your family’s needs.
At your first visit WIC staff will…
- Collect your proof of income for your household, proof of residency and personal identification.
- Ask a few questions about your family’s health and nutrition habits.
- Weigh, measure, and check iron status for you (if pregnant or just had a baby) or your child.
- Complete a health and nutrition assessment for all eligible participants in your family and provide guidance, answer your questions, and help you set realistic, attainable health and nutrition goals.
- Refer you or your child to other services or health care providers as needed.
- Issue food instruments (vouchers, checks) to take to the store to get your foods.
- Schedule a follow up visit which is typically in 3 months.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
- Each person applying for WIC.
- Proof of income such as Medicaid card, Work First, SNAP, or recent paycheck stubs for all income earning household members.
- Proof of where you live such as recent bill with street address or current rental or mortgage statement.
- Identification such as driver’s license/NC ID, social security card, Medicaid card, birth certificate, immunization record.
- ID of the Mother’s verification of Facts or Birth Certificate if you have a newborn.
How can I make the WIC program work for me?
We do our best to provide excellent service and care to you and your family. These are the ways you can help us serve you better:
- Keep your WIC appointments. We’ve made this appointment just for you.
- If you can’t keep an appointment or miss an appointment, please call us. Missing your appointment may cause you to lose some benefits so we will want to reschedule with you as soon as possible.
- Tell us about changes in your name, address, or phone number – including if you are planning to move. We provide reminder phone calls and letters for your convenience.
- WIC nutrition professionals tailor a personal nutrition plan for your family, based on the interests and concerns you discuss during your WIC appointment. Take advantage of this opportunity during your visit!
- You will get a personal breastfeeding specialist who can help you succeed with breastfeeding, and will even call you to check on how you’re doing. Take advantage of this free service!
- Ask us for help! If you are looking for other services offered in your community we can help you get connected.
How long will I receive WIC benefits?
Depending on whether you are pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, an infant or a child, you will receive WIC benefits from 6 months to a year.
- Pregnant woman can participate for the entirety of their pregnancy
- Breastfeeding moms may participate until their baby is 12 months old
- Postpartum, non-breastfeeding moms may participate until their baby is 6 months old*
- Children may participate until their 5th birthday. Children are certified for one year at a time and must reapply every 12 months
* Moms who have experienced baby loss may still be eligible for WIC benefits up to 6 months.
Carrboro Community Health Center
301 Lloyd Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Phone Number: (919) 942-8741, option 4
FAX: (919) 942-1473
- Monday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:30-8:00pm
- Tuesday 9:00am-12:30pm; 1:30-5:00pm
- Wednesday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:30pm-5:00pm
- Thursday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:30pm-6:30pm
- Friday 8:00am-1:00pm
Located within the Orange County Health Department
300 W Tryon St
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone Number: (919) 245-2422FAX: (919) 644-3328
- Monday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm
- Tuesday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:30pm-6:30pm
- Wednesday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm
- Thursday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm
- Friday 8:00am-1:00pm
Moncure Community Health Center
7228 Pittsboro-Moncure Road
Moncure, NC 27559
Phone Number: (919) 542-2195FAX: (919) 545-3457
- Monday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:00-5:00pm
- Tuesday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:00-5:00pm
- Wednesday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:00pm-3:00pm
- Thursday 8:00am-12:30pm; 1:00pm-8:00pm
- Friday 8:00am-1:00pm
Prospect Hill Community Health Center
322 Main St
Prospect Hill, NC 27314
Phone Number: (336) 562-3311, ext. 1804
FAX: (336) 562-4444
- Monday 8:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm
- Tuesday – closed
- Wednesday 8:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm
- Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-7:30pm
- Friday – closed
Siler City Community Health Center
224 South 10th Ave.
Siler City, NC 27344
Phone Number: (919) 742-5602
FAX: (919) 663-1635
- Monday 8:00am-12:00pm; 12:30pm-5:00pm
- Tuesday 8:00am-12:00pm; 12:30pm-5:00pm
- Wednesday 8:00am-12:00pm; 12:30pm-5:00pm
- Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm; 12:30pm-7:00pm
- Friday 8:00am-12:00pm