WIC Provides Families

Nutrition Education, Breastfeeding Support, Food Benefits, Referrals, and so much more

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The WIC Program strongly supports breastfeeding, and the widest range of food benefits is provided to mothers who are fully breastfeeding their babies. For babies who are not fully breastfed, iron-fortified infant formula is available for the first year of life. The state contracts with one formula company to provide formula at a reduced price. Infants may also receive infant cereal and fruit juices during the first year.

Pregnant and postpartum women and children (under 5 years of age) participating in WIC receive food benefits. for milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter or dried beans or peas, and fruit or vegetable juices, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and tortillas. In the summer, vouchers are given for fresh fruits and vegetables from Maine farmers.

Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive extra food, including canned fish.

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Nutrition Education

Part of the WIC mission is making sure Maine families have the best information about good food and healthy habits.

WIC nutrition education assists WIC participants with nutrition-related health issues, and WIC staff work closely with health care providers, referring patients for health and social services including immunizations, substance abuse counseling and treatment, prenatal care, smoking cessation, lead screening, and more.

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Breastfeeding Support

The best possible food for your baby is the one that comes most naturally. In this section, find information on getting started, going back to work, and getting help if you need it.

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Food Benefits

WIC foods include infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit or
vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans/peas, and
canned fish. Soy-based beverages, tofu, fruits and vegetables, baby foods, wholewheat bread, tortillas and other whole-grain options to meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants. In the summer, vouchers are given for fresh fruits and vegetables from Maine farmers.

WIC participants receive checks or vouchers to purchase specific foods each month that are designed to supplement their diets with specific nutrients that benefit WIC's target population.

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Where can I find information on day care? Does my toddler have all her shots? How can I tell if my child has a disability? We've compiled a list of helpful resources for Maine families, and your local WIC clinic can also help.

Am I eligible?

Although we do have income guidelines for our supplemental food assistance, you might be surprised who qualifies. A family of four can earn more than $40,000 a year.

Mom, dad or foster parent, come join our WIC family. It is easy to apply, and we can help you find a convenient local office near your home or your work.

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