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What is WIC?

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WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is a supplemental food and nutrition education program that has been operating in North Carolina since 1974. What began as a small pilot program serving approximately 4,500 individuals a months is now a major program serving over 270,000 mothers and children each month in North Carolina. Cumberland County WIC serves 14,000 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 vouchers that they redeem at participating grocery stores to obtain foods. WIC participants receive:

WIC Foods

  • Milk (regular, lactose-reduced, evaporated or soy)
  • Cheese, tofu
  • Eggs
  • Whole-Grain Cereal
  • Whole-Grain Bread, Brown Rice, Whole
  • Wheat and Soft-Corn Tortillas
  • Vitamin C Enriched Juices
  • Dried/Canned Beans, Peas, Lentils
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fruits/Vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned)
  • Chunk-light Tuna or Salmon
  • 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 Cumberland County or its health service delivery area.
  • 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:

    Crib Card or Mother’s copy of Birth Certificate.
  • 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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Non-Discrimination Policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or any USDA office, or call (866) 632‐9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250‐9410, by fax (202) 690‐7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities my contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877‐8339; or (800) 845‐6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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