Women, Infants & Children
WHAT IS WIC?WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides the following services at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support and referrals for health care. WIC is Gulf County is provided through Bay County Health Department WIC.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:To be eligible for the WIC program:
- You must be a pregnant woman, a woman who has recently been pregnant, a breastfeeding mother, an infant, or a child under 5 years of age.
- You meet the income requirements. For example, a family of four's current gross yearly income must be less than $31,543. You can find the complete income guidelines here.
- You must live in Florida.
- You must have a nutrition-related need, which will be determined by WIC staff at initial appointment.
WHAT DOES WIC PROVIDE:
- WIC is able to provide nutritious foods and education on nutrition. Food checks are given to WIC participants at each appointment. The checks identify the type, brand and amount of food a participant is allowed to purchase. WIC checks can only be redeemed at authorized grocery stores. WIC foods include the following: milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, fruit or vegetable juices, dry beans or peas or peanut butter. In addition, breastfeeding women who are not getting WIC checks for iron-fortified infant formula may get extra
- WIC foods, including canned tuna fish and carrots. In addition WIC is able to provide breastfeeding support and referrals for other health screenings.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT:
- Bring ALL family members applying for WIC including all infants and children under 5 years of age.
- Bring proof of ALL income (before taxes and deductions) received by ALL persons living in your household, such as:
- Paycheck Stubs for the last month
- Child Support Income Document.
- Unemployment or Worker's Compensation Document
- Military Leave and Earnings Statement.
- Income Tax Documents (can only accept these during the months of January and February for current tax reporting period).
- If you receive Medicaid, Food Stamps or TANF, bring your current Notice of Case Action.
Bring Proof of Identification, such as:
- Valid Driver's License
- Current Military ID
- Birth Certificate
- Hospital Records or Crib Card for new babies
- Social Security Card
- Immunization Record
Bring Proof of where you live, such as:
- Utility bill - electric or phone
- Housing or Rental Agreement
- Bank/Insurance Statement
Bay County WIC will be in PORT ST JOE the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month and in WEWAHITCHKA the 1st and 3rd FRIDAY of each month.
TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please call Bay County WIC at 850-872-4666.