Crook County, Oregon
The Oregon Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program provides nutrition education and evaluations to help keep pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children under five healthy and strong. WIC provides supplemental foods that help families stay healthy and provides breastfeeding education and one on one support for new moms.
WIC WORKS WONDERS!
Women in the WIC program have access to healthier foods, which leads to healthier babies, and receive early prenatal care.
Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and grow and develop better.
Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, visit their doctors regularly and are more likely to stay up to date on immunizations.
You are eligible if you:
-Live in Oregon
-Are a pregnant, postpartum (up to 6 months after delivery) or breastfeeding woman, an infant or child under five years of age
-Have a nutritional need as determined by our certified professional nutritionist
-Have a low gross income
-You are automatically income eligible for WIC if you currently receive TANF, Food Stamps or the Oregon Health Plan.
-Fathers, guardians or foster parents may apply for WIC for their children.
APPLYING FOR WIC
To make an appointment, call the Crook County Health Department at (541) 447-5165 . WIC Program staff will tell you what to bring to your appointment.
At your appointment, a WIC certified professional will check your diet and review your health history. You will receive nutrition information and counseling, referrals to other services and food instruments (checks) to buy foods such as:
-Dried beans & peas
-Baby jar foods
-Fruits and vegetables
These foods help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, babies and children healthy and strong.
HOW WIC WORKS
The WIC staff is a caring team of experts who provide:
-Counseling on how to use WIC foods to improve health
-Food instruments to buy foods that help keep you healthy and strong
-Information and referrals for prenatal care and shots for your baby
-Support with Breastfeeding your Baby
-Classes on shopping for foods, recipes and taking care of your baby
-Information on good eating during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and how to feed your child
-Referrals to other services like Immunizations, and programs like Food Stamps, TANF and the Oregon Health Plan
WIC offers a wide variety of educational classes for clients, including an array of classes in Spanish. Clients receive nutrition counseling at each certification appointment and are required to attend at least one nutrition education class in each 6 month certification period.
WIC provides clinics quarterly to Mitchell, Post and Paulina. Call the clinic to set up an appointment in one of these locations.
For more information please call the Crook County Health Dept. at 541-447-5165 .