Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Yolo County Health Department WIC

Welcome to WIC

Welcome to the Yolo County Health Department (YCHD) WIC Program! WIC is a supplemental food,  nutrition education, and breastfeeding support program. It serves low to moderate-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and infant/children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. The purpose of WIC is to prevent health problems and to improve the health of program participants during critical times of growth and development. WIC allows mothers to buy foods that are high in protein, iron, calcium, and rich with Vitamins A, C, and D with checks to help their family stay healthy and grow well.

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YCHD WIC Locations

Yolo County initiated its WIC program in 1979 and operates out of the Yolo County Health Department. The YCHD WIC program serves participants in Woodland, West Sacramento, Davis, Winters, Esparto, Knights Landing, and Clarksburg.

WIC Contact Information

Call to make an appointment. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm

Woodland
137 N. Cottonwood Street Suite 1200
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 666-8445

West Sacramento
500 W. Jefferson Blvd
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Phone: (916) 375-6390

     Who is Eligible?

     To qualify for WIC, applicant must meet all the following criteria:
    1. Participants must be in one of the following categories:
      • pregnant woman
      • breastfeeding woman (up to 12 months postpartum)
      • non breastfeeding woman (up to 6 months postpartum)
      • infant
      • child under 5 years of age
    2. Applicant's family income must meet 185% of the current federal poverty guidelines. Families with low or moderate-income levels may qualify. Use the Pre-screening eligibility to see if you qualify.  
    3. Applicants must be at nutritional risk as determined by a health professional. The nutrition evaluation is based on.
      • height, weight, growth assessment
      • hematocrit or hemoglobin to screen for anemia
      • health history and diet assessment

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    Nutrition Education

     

    WIC participants learn about their specific nutritional need and the nutrients necessary during important growth periods, including pregnancy, infancy, and young childhood. Group classes or individual counseling take place at each visit to learn about nutrition or health for participants and family members to be healthy. Breastfeeding support, as well as normal baby behavior information is provided also.

    On-line Nutrition Education- Participants that are unable to come to the WIC site have the option to complete a nutrition class on-line. Visit HERE to learn and complete nutrition education for WIC and receive a certificate of attendance.

    Farmers' Market Nutrition Program- YCHD WIC participates in the Farmers' Market Nutrition program during the summer months. Participants may receive additional checks to redeem at WIC-authorized Certified Farmer's Markets. These checks are for locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The checks are given to us in limited amounts and are allocated to WIC sites nearby popular farmers' markets. For more information, call your WIC office or visit Nutrition Services.

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    Breastfeeding Support 

    Moms are encouraged to breastfeed. Education and support with materials such as breast pumps may be provided. Certified Lactation Educators and Peer Counselors are available to help with questions and breastfeeding. Our Breastfeeding Peer Counselors provide routine support by phone during pregnancy and after delivery to answer breastfeeding questions as they arise. The Peer Counselors are available by phone and outside of normal business hours. We also have an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) available for consultation. For more information or support, call our Warmline at 1-800-663-8685. More information on the Yolo County's Breastfeeding Program.

    Finding Other Community Resources

    The WIC program refers and coordinates with other services, such as immunizations and "Well-Child" clinics, prenatal programs, and drug and alcohol treatment programs among others to assist participants in knowing where and how to obtain health care. Information referrals for other social services are made routinely.

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