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What is WIC?

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WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is the Special Supplemental Food and Nutrition Education Program funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture that has been operating in North Carolina since 1974. What began as a small pilot program serving approximately 4,500 individuals a month is now a major program serving over 248,000 mothers and children each month in North Carolina. The Cumberland County WIC Program serves over 13,000 each month.

Program Benefits

WIC participants receive nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion/support, and referrals to community and health agencies to improve their diets and reduce their chances of health problems caused by poor nutrition. They are given food instruments that they redeem at participating grocery stores to obtain foods. WIC participants receive:

WIC Foods

  • Milk (regular, lactose-reduced, evaporated, soy-based, UHT)
  • Cheese, Yogurt, Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Whole-Grain Cereal
  • Whole-Grain Bread, Brown Rice, Whole-Wheat and Soft-Corn Tortillas, Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Vitamin C Enriched Juices
  • Dried/Canned Beans, Peas, Lentils
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fruits/Vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned)
  • Chunk-light Tuna or Salmon (for women who are exclusively breastfeeding one infant, partially breastfeeding multiples, pregnant with multiples)
  • Infant formulas/foods
(The WIC Nutritionist will determine which foods a participant receives based on eligibility and individual needs)

All women are encouraged to provide their infant with the best nutrition possible by breastfeeding. Breastfeeding education is given to all pregnant women so they can make informed decisions about infant feeding. Additional breastfeeding education and support are provided by the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors before and after delivery.

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Program Eligibility

  • Be a pregnant woman, one who has recently had a baby or one who is breastfeeding an infant less than 12 months of age.
  • Be an infant or a child who has not reached their fifth birthday.
  • Reside in North Carolina.
  • Meet local agency income eligibility. The gross annual income cannot exceed 185% of the poverty level. All, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Work First recipients meet WIC income eligibility.
  • Nutritional and/or medical eligibility must also be met. This is determined by an on staff health professional using current medical information.

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How to Enroll in WIC

Applicant/participant must be present. YOU MUST BRING:

  • Proof of ID for all participants:

    Driver’s License, Official photo ID, Medicaid Card, Birth Certificate, Passport, etc.
  • Proof of Residence:

    Utility bill-electric, gas, phone, water, cable (less than 60 days old), current rental/mortgage agreement.
  • Proof of Income:

    Most recent LES, pay stubs (4 weeks), unemployment, Medicaid Card, letter of Food Stamp eligibility, etc.
  • Also Requested:

    Shot record(s)
    Lead Screening documentation
  • For infants:

    Mother's Verification of Facts Document, Crib Card, Hospital Band, Shot Record.
  • Doctor’s referral form:

    Information must be less than 60 days old (height, weight and Hgb if needed) or the WIC staff will collect the measurements in the office.

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Where is WIC Located?

Cumberland County Department of Public Health
1235 Ramsey Street (Hillsboro Street entrance)
Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 433-3730
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday evening, 5 to 7 p.m.

Spring Lake
Family Resource Center
103 Laketree Blvd.
Spring Lake, NC 28390
(910) 321-6420
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hope Mills
Millview Place, Suite 100
2622 Hope Mills Road
Fayetteville, NC 28306
(910) 433-3760
Hours of Operation: Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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