Food Benefits, Education, & Support
Foods for Infants (Birth-12 Months)
The WIC Program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. Iron-fortified infant formula is also available for the first year of life for babies who are not fully breastfed. Infants who are older than six months of age will receive jarred baby fruits, vegetables, and meats. Infants older than nine months may receive fresh fruits and vegetables benefits.
Infants and children with specific health needs will be assessed by qualified WIC staff members.
Foods for Women and Children
Pregnant and postpartum women and children (under five years of age) will receive food benefits for milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter or dried or canned beans or peas, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread or tortillas, and fruit or vegetable juices. Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive extra food, including canned tuna fish and salmon.
Special formulas or nutritional supplements are also available to participating women and children who have certain medical conditions. The physician must fill out and sign the required form. For a form, click here.
WIC Food Lists
WIC participants receive their benefits through the Michigan WIC Bridge Card, which can then be used to purchase supplemental foods at specific grocery stores and pharmacies. Only foods listed on the WIC Food Card can be purchased. To see the list of authorized foods, click on the link below.
Already have a WIC Bridge Card? Check your balance here.
WIC nutrition education helps pregnant women and new moms with:
- Infant and toddler feeding
- Prenatal weight gain
- Anemia or iron deficiency
- Child growth and development
- Other nutrition related health issues
If you are already enrolled in WIC, you can access Nutrition Education online. You may also schedule an appointment with a WIC nutritionist who can discuss your nutrition and health-related questions with you. Please schedule an appointment at your local WIC site.
Breastfeeding Promotion & Support
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year of life.
All InterCare WIC agencies have trained staff ready to help mothers with the basics of breastfeeding. Many WIC agencies have breastfeeding peer counselor support programs that provide mother-to-mother counseling. In addition, WIC agencies provide resources and breast pumps for returning to work or school.
Looking for more guidance? Check out Breastmilk Counts to learn more about breastfeeding and its many benefits for you and your child.