Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program

Nationwide nearly half of all of children have received WIC services.

Why WIC?

Children start school with improved ability to learn. Women learn how to provide healthy foods for their families. WIC also provides referrals to other helpful services. WIC empowers families to become self-sufficient by assisting them at a crucial time in their lives.

The WIC Program helps give children a healthy start for life with:

  • $40 to $50 in healthy foods each month
  • Information on children's growth and nutrition
  • Tips and assistance for a successful breastfeeding experience
  • Community information and individualized referrals
  • Friendly, caring services

Community Action's WIC Program serves families on a tight budget, unemployed families, and families receiving TANF. Services are provided in Anacortes and Mount Vernon. Community Action also administers a WIC program for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. In all, our WIC program serves nearly 6,000 clients each year.

Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children to age 5 are encouraged to apply.
To learn more about WIC services, call Community Action at (360) 416-7595.

 

Who is Eligible?

WIC serves:

  • Women who are pregnant.
  • Women who are post-partum (0-6 months) including women who have experienced a pregnancy loss.
  • Women who are breastfeeding an infant up to age one.
  • Infant and children age 1 to 5 including foster children and children being cared for by caregivers*.

*Caregivers could be biological parents, adoptive parents, seperated parents, single parents (mom or dad), and anyone caring for a child or infant such as a grandparent, relative, friend, etc.

 

Income Guidelines

(updated April 2016)

Income for WIC participation is set by the Federal government and the State of Washington. Income guidelines change every April.

WIC considers total gross income before deductions of any kind for the full month preceding the initial certification or recertification appointment. This includes income such as child support paid to you, and any other incidental earned income.

(unborn baby is counted as a family member –twins would count as two family members)

  • Family of 2 earning up to $2,470
  • Family of 3 earning up to $3,108
  • Family of 4 earning up to $3,747
  • Family of 5 earning up to $4,385

More than 5: add $642 for each additional member.

Children who receive Federal Medicaid are also eligible for WIC. Income levels for children's Medicaid (Apple Health in Washington State) are higher than WIC guidelines. Most children with Medicaid automatically qualify for WIC. Our WIC office can assist with applying for Apple Health/Medicaid.

Proof of income is required for WIC participation. Active Provider One card may serve as proof of income.  If not, bring all evidence that applies: pay stubs, self-employment ledger sheets, Military LES, evidence of child support (received).  For other acceptable forms of proof of income, please contact the WIC office. 

 

How to Apply

If you meet the eligiblity and income requirements above, call to schedule an appointment. A new client appointment requires approximately 45 minutes.

     For Mount Vernon and Anacortes, call (360) 416-7595

     For NAS Whidbey Island, call (360) 257-8049

This appointment time is set aside just for you so mark your calendar and set it to remind you if needed. If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please contact us as soon as you can. Please try to not miss your appointment.

 

A Typical Visit

Initial and periodic appointments (average 3 times per client per year) are individualized for your family. The appointments involve measurement of height and weight, and an iron screening (3 drops of blood from a finger or toe annually). Medical history and diet are reviewed, and WIC staff are then able to offer your family individualized referrals and nutrition & breastfeeding information.

What to Bring to Your Appointment:

  • The individual who is applying (pregnant woman, baby, child)
  • Proof of identification for that individual (e.g. ID card, birth certificate, Social Security card, ProviderOne card, etc.)
  • Proof of income (see income guidelines)
  • Proof of current address (e.g. WA drivers' license/ID card w/current address, utility bill, pay stub w/current address, ProviderOne card, etc.)
  • Diaper, if necessary
  • Your WIC appointment and ID folder (given at your first appointment)

Please call the office to discuss problems with any of the above items.

Other appointments: All clients are required by federal guidelines to have specific appointments during the 1-year certification period. Some of these appointments include:

  • Nutrition/Breastfeeding classes -- 30-60  minutes
  • Appointment with a Registered Dietitian -- 30-60 minutes
  • Health assessment (mid-certification appointment) - 30 minutes
  • One-to-one second contact -- 15 - 30 minutes

 

Breastfeeding

WIC provides education, encouragement, and support to mothers who wish to breastfeed. Through the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program, moms learn about breastfeeding and receive support if needed. The breastfeeding peers talk with moms in the office and by phone, and are available by cell phone outside of normal business hours.

For more additional information, click here.

 

Other Resources

 

Locations

Office: Mount Vernon Anacortes Naval Air Station
Contact: Telephone: (360) 416-7595
Fax: (360) 416-4988

Schedule via Mount Vernon's
office:  (360) 416-7595.

Telephone: (360) 679-8049
Fax: (360) 679-8032
Hours:
*See note*
Monday - Thursday
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesdays 9:30 am to 5:00 pm,
(lunch from 1:00 to 2:00)
Monday: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
(lunch 1:00-1:30)
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
(lunch 12:00-12:30)
Location:

330 Pacific Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Just off of Riverside Drive

1020 26th Street
Anacortes, WA, 98221

Behind the hospital


On the Seaplane Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIC Videos

For more WIC videos, click here.

 

Questions

For questions, please call Community Action at 360-416-7595.