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Welcome to Lorain County WIC

WIC is a nutrition education and supplemental food program for women, infants, and children. WIC helps eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to 5 years of age.

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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.

How can I sign up for WIC?

Participants must be income-eligible, have nutritional need, and live in Ohio. Find income guidelines here

WIC participants must also be one of the following:

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

To confirm eligibility, give us a call at 440-323-7320. Or, for assistance in Spanish, call 440-240-8916.

What does WIC provide?
  • WIC is a supplemental nutrition program - this means that WIC does not provide all of the food that you need. WIC only supplements what you are already buying with nutritous foods.
    • Children over the age of 1, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and postpartum women can receive milk, eggs, peanut butter and/or beans, fruits and vegetables, juice, cereals, and whole grain items. 
    • Infants can receive breastfeeding support and/or formula. Infants over 6 months old can also receive baby food and baby cereal.
    • Authorized foods, formulas, and vendors can be found here.
  • WIC provides nutrition counseling for yourself and child
  • Referrals for yourself and your family to other resources
  • Breastfeeding support
What do I need to bring to my WIC appointment?

For full appointments, you must bring:

  • WIC Card (know the PIN number!)
  • All Participants (infant, children, etc.)
  • Proof of Identification (Driver's License, State ID, Birth Certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of Income (state medical card, check stubs, child support, SSI/SSD, W2s, etc.)
  • Proof of Address (utility bill, check stub, ID, etc.)
  • Proof of Pregnancy (if applicable)

For card load appointments, you must bring:

  • WIC Card (know the PIN number!)
  • Proof of Identification (Driver's License, State ID, Birth Certificate, etc.)

Call WIC at 440-323-7320, if you have questions.  Please reschedule if you are sick. 

What happens at a WIC appointment?

 At your first WIC appointment we will:

  • Check your eligibility
  • Explain the program
  • Measure height, weight, and iron (if applicable) of participants
  • Give nutrition counseling and nutrition education
  • Offer breastfeeding support
Contact Information

Schedule an appointment or ask us a question by giving us a call.

WIC 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. 
  • Our Lorain site runs late hours from 9:30-6pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month from Jan-Oct, and the 3rd Wed of the month in Nov/Dec.
Where is the WIC office?

Elyria WIC Clinic - Located on the first floor of the Lorain County Public Health building
9880 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035

Lorain Clinic - Located on the first floor of the Lorain County Health and Dentistry building
1205 Broadway Avenue
Lorain, Ohio 44052


For WIC participants

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How to use your WIC Nutrition Card

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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.  Check your balance, view WIC approved stores, and view recipe ideas.

Watch a tutorial on the app HERE.

Documents


Breastfeeding

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

Lorain County WIC's Award Winning Breastfeeding Program!

USDA celebrates gold award winner, LCPH for an exemplary Breastfeeding Program.

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Meet the WIC breastfeeding team

Hi, my name is Tifany.  I am from Puerto Rico, my first language is Spanish.  I have four kids and have been breastfeeding for over 10 years (and still going!)!  To me, breastfeeding is much more than feeding a baby.  It is the first (and most important) step for a healthy life in every aspect.  

Hi, I'm Micki! I am a momma (and bonus momma) to a total of 6 beautiful children. 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!

Hi!  My name is Kerry and I am a mother of two daughters. I breastfed both of them 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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Farmers Market Nutrition Program

From July 1st - Oct 31st

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables to eligible WIC participants.

Save the date for our kick-off to the farm market season: Our Family Farm Market at the Elyria WIC site will be July 30th from 10am-1pm. More info. to come soon!

Check out our Farmers Market Cookbook for recipe ideas using fresh produce!


NEWS/Updates

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.

Appointment text messages now come from "22300" (as of 5/1/24): All WIC text messages, including appointment reminders, will come from 22300.  You are automatically enrolled in this texting program while you have WIC.  If you have opted out of our text message system, please text "alert" to 22300 to re-enroll. Please note that if you opt out you will no longer receive appointment reminders, farm market voucher info., breastfeeding info, surveys, missed appointment notices, and any other information from the WIC program. 

June 10, 2024 - Please be advised that a whole cucumbers recall has been issued for products shipped to certain states, including Ohio, from May 17th through May 21st, 2024.  Click here for additional information.

March 18, 2024 - Fruit and vegetable increases have been released thru September!  WIC staff will be able to update your fruits and vegetables during open clinic hours: Monday-Friday (8:30-11 AM and 12:30-4 PM).  Please expect longer than normal wait times.  Unsure if your card needs an update?  Check out the WICShopper App!  Download it now:

*Please note that it takes up to 24 hours for the app to recognize a new WIC card*

Updates from 2023 and earlier

December 30, 2023 - Mead Johnson issued a recall on a small batch of Nutramigen LGG powder.  The batches were sold in stores from May to Aug of 2023.  Check cans given the instructions below and contact Reckitt/Mead Johnson at 866-534-9986 or consumer.relations@reckitt.com for return instructions and replacement product. 

August 1, 2023 - COVID-19 Milk waivers have ended.  This means that 2% Milk will no longer be available for purchase using the WIC card for any WIC participant 2 years old and older.  

July 1, 2023 COVID-19 Formula waivers have ended.  This means that alternate can sizes of all WIC formulas are no longer available.  Please see below for correct can size:

Standard Formula (no prescription required):

    • Enfamil Infant - 12.5 oz powder can be purchased
    • Enfamil Gentlease - 12.4 oz powder can be purchased
    • Enfamil ProSobee - 12.9 oz powder can be purchased
    • Enfamil Reguline - 12.4 oz powder can be purchased
    • Enfamil AR - 12.9 oz powder can be purchased

Specialty Formula (prescription required):

    • Enfamil Neuropro Enfacare - 13.6 oz powder can be purchased
    • Similac NeoSure - 13.1 oz powder can be purchased
    • Enfamil Nutramigen w/ Enflora LGG - 12.6 oz powder can be purchased
    • Meijer Baby Hypoallergenic - 12.6 oz powder can be purchased
    • Giant Eagle Tippy Toes Hypoallergenic - 12.6 oz powder can be purchased
    • Walmart Parent's Choice Hypoallergenic - 12.6 oz powder can be purchased
    • CVS Health Hypoallergenic - 12.6 oz powder can be purchased
    • Kroger Comforts Hypoallergenic - 12.6 oz powder can be purchased

February 1, 2023 - COVID-19 Document/Appointment waivers have ended.  This means that WIC services are in-person for full appointments and card loads appointments at both sites. 

For full appointments, you must bring:

    • WIC Card (know the PIN number!)
    • All Participants (infant, children, etc.)
    • Proof of Identification (Driver's License, State ID, Birth Certificate, etc.)
    • Proof of Income (state medical card, check stubs, child support, SSI/SSD, W2s, etc.)
    • Proof of Address (utility bill, check stub, ID, etc.)
    • Proof of Pregnancy (if applicable)

For card load appointments, you must bring:

    • WIC Card (know the PIN number!)
    • Proof of Identification (Driver's License, State ID, Birth Certificate, etc.)

Call WIC at 440-323-7320, if you have questions.  Please reschedule 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.