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.
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.
Call to make an appointment. WIC is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
137 N. Cottonwood St, Suite 1200
500-B W. Jefferson Blvd.
To quality for WIC, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Participants must be in one of the following categories:
- pregnant woman
- breastfeeding woman (up to 12 months postpartum)
- non-breastfeeding women (up to 6 months postpartum)
- child under 5 years of age
- Applicant's family income must meet 185% of the current federal poverty guidelines. Families with low to moderate-incomes levels may quality. Use the pre-screening eligibility form to see if you qualify.
- 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.
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 participants in the Farmers' Market Nutrition program during the summer months. Participants may receive additional checks to receive 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.
WIC Program wants to help you make breastfeeding easy and comfortable for you and your baby. We have breastfeeding counselors and peer counselors (mothers who help other mothers) in our clinics who can answer any questions you have about breastfeeding. WIC is here for you! We also offer breast pumps based on individual assessments.
WIC's breastfeeding services are especially designed to give you the support you can count on to breastfeed successfully at home, in public or at the work place.
For more information on breastfeeding in general, please click HERE.
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.