WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. This public health program is designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in targeted, at-risk populations. Nutrition education is the cornerstone of the WIC Program.
WIC serves lower-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under age 5 who have health or nutrition risks. Many working families are part of WIC; 71 percent of Oregon WIC families are employed.
Applicants must meet four criteria to be eligible for WIC:
- Live in Oregon.
- Be a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant or a child under 5 years old.
- Have a household income less than 185% of poverty guidelines.
- Have a nutritional need or risk.
Clinics dates and times vary from month to month based on scheduling needs of the community and staff. Currently the goal is twice a month on Thursdays. Again some are half days others full days. For example, August is shaping up to look like 2 – 1/2 days if that.
NAYA WIC clinic is a satellite clinic. So services are limited. Individual Nutrition Education is one key component offered at the NAYA Clinic. Height, Weight, Hemoglobin checks are also routine. Referrals for other resources are routinely offered; such as summer activity fairs, parenting classes, etc., through other community agencies. Breastfeeding is also discussed at a minimal level. We also provide their Food Instruments at the end of appointments.