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On this page: About WIC | For WIC participants | Breastfeeding | Farm Market Nutrition Program | NEWS (Formula Updates) | Other resources

Call WIC: 440-323-7320

Office hours:

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • All WIC sites are closed on the second Tuesday of the month for staff training. 

Frequently Asked Questions about WIC

What is WIC?

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal nutrition education program conducted through the Ohio Department of Health. WIC provides supplemental foods which promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five.

The WIC team is here to help you grow a healthy family through nutrition education, supplemental health foods, breastfeeding support, and connections to other health resources.

Who is eligible for WIC?

  • Pregnant women
  • Postpartum women, up to 6 months postpartum
  • Breastfeeding women, up to 12 months postpartum
  • Infants and children up to 5 years old

You must be income-eligible and in nutritional need. You must also live in Ohio.

What does WIC provide?

  • Supplemental nutritious foods
    • Pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, and children over 1 year can get milk, eggs, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and more.
    • Infants can get supplemental formula and/or baby food and infant cereal.
    • While WIC does not provide all the food you will need, the foods that WIC provides are healthy and nutritious! 
  • Nutrition counseling for yourself and child
  • Referrals for yourself and your family to other resources
  • Breastfeeding support

What happens at a WIC appointment?

WIC staff will check:

  • Proof of income
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of identity for yourself and/or children
  • Children's shot records
  • Proof of pregnancy papers showing due date
  • Your and/or children's height, weight, and blood iron measurements

A Nutrition Educator will explain why you and/or your child are eligible. They will talk to you about how to plan a healthy diet, how to save money when you shop, and how to cook with WIC foods.

Where is the WIC office?

WIC has two locations in Lorain County:

Lorain County Public Health
9880 South Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035

Lorain Clinic Location
Located in the offices of Lorain County Health and Dentistry
1205 Broadway Avenue
Lorain, Ohio 44052


For WIC participants

Videos

A woman holds her baby on her shoulder

Welcome to WIC

una mujer con su bebe en el hombro

Bienvenidos a WIC

a pile of brightly colored vegetables

How to use your WIC Nutrition Card

muchas verduras coloradas bellamente

Cómo usar su tarjeta de nutrición de WIC

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WICShopper App Tutorial

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Tutorial de la App WICShopper

Download the WICShopper app to your phone from Google Play or the App Store. Register your WIC nutrition card to can track purchases and identify WIC-approved foods.

Documents


Breastfeeding

Meet the team | Breastfeeding at Work | How to get a pump | Other trusted resources

Lorain County WIC's Award Winning Breastfeeding Program!

Meet the WIC breastfeeding team

Hi, I'm Lisa!  I have 3 children and I am currently exclusively breastfeeding my 1 year old. Breastfeeding to me is more than just the wonderful health benefits, it's the peaceful feeling I get when holding my baby close to my heart. I can feel the bond  I have with my baby becoming bigger and stronger. I am here to help and support you with your journey. You choose what works best for you and your family. Enjoy your journey. Hola, soy Lisa. ¡Yo hablo español!

Hi, I'm Micki! I am a momma (and bonus momma) to a total of 6 beautiful babies, ages 4 months to 13 years. We have 4 boys and 2 girls. I have breastfed all 4 of my biological children, and am still nursing the youngest. Breastfeeding, to me, is the most special gift we can give to our babies. I look forward to supporting and advocating for you on your breastfeeding journey as well!

Hey, I'm Jocelyn! I have 4 children and I'm currently breastfeeding 2 of them! While tandem nursing my body provided perfect milk for my newborn & my toddler. Breastfeeding was an important decision for me as a mother because it created a bond with each one of my babies as I held them close to my heart! Looking forward to helping you achieve your breastfeeding goals!

Hi all!  My name is Kerry and I am a mother of two teenage daughters. I breastfed both of my daughters through their first year despite many challenges and complications. Breastfeeding was important to me because I had to return to work at 4 weeks postpartum with both girls and I felt like this was the one thing that I could do for them that nobody else could. It helped me feel more like a mom even though I wasn’t home. Pumping at work and managing all that it entails is my jam. I look forward to supporting you in your breastfeeding journey!

Breastfeeding and pumping at work

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, worksites are required to provide:

  • Time for a woman to express milk , AND
  • A private space that is not a bathroom each time they need to pump.

Learn more.

Trying to get a pump through your insurance? 

  • WIC recommends MommyXpress, Aeroflow, or PumpsForMom to order your pump.  Explore a wide variety of electric pumps!  Have your insurance card handy.
  • If you need assistance ordering your pump or have questions about a particular pump, feel free to reach out to the WIC breastfeeding team!

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Farm Market Nutrition Program

The WIC Farm Market Nutrition Program runs from July 1st to October 31, 2022.  If you have any unused vouchers from this season, they can be redeemed at WIC approved vendors.  See our brochure or call us at 440-323-7320 for details. 

We hope you enjoyed our meal kits this summer!  Try these recipes that were created in partnership with Grobe Fruit Farm and Fenik Farms:


WIC News

When changes impact the WIC program, we will list that information here.  Current participants will receive a text from “22300” when information is urgent such as safety concerns or clinic closures.

Formula Shortage:

***WIC FORMULA UPDATE***

***New Options Added***

11/14/2022 -  New options have been added to your WIC card.  If your card is loaded with one of the following formulas (and you are unable to find it), select the box below to see what new brands and sizes can be purchased using your WIC benefits. These options are available through 01/31/2023.

Fruit and Vegetable Increase:

10/11/2022 - The fruit and vegetable increase has been extended through September 30, 2023 for women and children on the program. The approved allowance is $44/month for pregnant and postpartum women, $49/month for exclusively breastfeeding women, and $25/month for children.  If your fruits and veggies decreased in a given month, come to your WIC clinic BEFORE you spend any of that month's foods.

Formula Recall(s):

10/14/2022 - Certain lot numbers of 2 fl oz/59 ml bottles of ready-to-feed liquid products, including the brands Similac 360 Total Care, Similac 360 Total Care Sensitive, Similac Special Care 24, Similac Pro-Total Comfort, Similac NeoSure, and Pedialyte Electrolyte Solution have been recalled.  Lot numbers can be checked by accessing the Abbott Product Lookup. If your product is included in the recall, immediately discontinue use of the product and contact Abbott customer service  at 1-800-986-8540 for further instructions 

08/10/2022 - Certain lot numbers of PediaSure Harvest 1.0 Cal for Tube Feeding with the UPC Carton 070074679631 or UPC Case 00070074679624 have been recalled.  To find out if your lot number is effected and how to proceed with disposal or refund, please contact the Lyons Recall Support Center 24/7 at 1-800-627-0557.  Anyone who has a recalled product should stop using it immediately.  

02/17/2022 -  Visit the Ohio Department of Health's website for formula recall information on Similac Alimentum, and EleCare powdered formulas. If you have recalled cans of formula, stop using those cans of formula immediately. Ask your physician to send a revised Special Formula Request form for another WIC-approved formula. WIC can issue you the new WIC-approved formula on your WIC card for any cans that you have not yet purchased that month. Please do not return any recalled cans to WIC, instead work through retailers or the manufacturer for can exchanges. 

COVID-19 updates:

02/01/2022 - WIC services are back in person for full appointments and for card loads at all sites starting February 1, 2022. For certification and health assessment appointments bring all participants, documentation, and your WIC card with you. Talk to us if you have a special situation and can't attend your WIC appointment in person. You will receive a text and a call within the week of your appointment with details on your type of appointment.  Card load appointments just require one family member with ID and the 4 digit pin to load the card. Reschedule with us if you are sick.  

  


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USDA Non-Discrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: 1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or 2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 3. email: program.intake@usda.gov This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Para todos los demás programas de asistencia de nutrición del FNS, agencias estatales o locales y sus subreceptores, deben publicar la siguiente Declaración de No Discriminación: De acuerdo con la ley federal de derechos civiles y las normas y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA), esta entidad está prohibida de discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo (incluyendo identidad de género y orientación sexual), discapacidad, edad, o represalia o retorsión por actividades previas de derechos civiles. La información sobre el programa puede estar disponible en otros idiomas que no sean el inglés. Las personas con discapacidades que requieren medios alternos de comunicación para obtener la información del programa (por ejemplo, Braille, letra grande, cinta de audio, lenguaje de señas americano (ASL), etc.) deben comunicarse con la agencia local o estatal responsable de administrar el programa o con el Centro TARGET del USDA al (202) 720-2600 (voz y TTY) o comuníquese con el USDA a través del Servicio Federal de Retransmisión al (800) 877-8339. Para presentar una queja por discriminación en el programa, el reclamante debe llenar un formulario AD-3027, formulario de queja por discriminación en el programa del USDA, el cual puede obtenerse en línea en: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/resource-files/usdaprogram-discrimination-complaint-form-spanish.pdf, de cualquier oficina de USDA, llamando al (866) 632-9992, o escribiendo una carta dirigida a USDA. La carta debe contener el nombre del demandante, la dirección, el número de teléfono y una descripción escrita de la acción discriminatoria alegada con suficiente detalle para informar al Subsecretario de Derechos Civiles (ASCR) sobre la naturaleza y fecha de una presunta violación de derechos civiles. El formulario AD-3027 completado o la carta debe presentarse a USDA por: (1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or (2) fax: (833)256-1665 o (202) 690-7442; o (3) correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov Esta entidad es un proveedor que brinda igualdad de oportunidades.