WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care.
WIC stands for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for “”Women, Infants and
Children” (WIC). WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered in Florida by the Department of Health. Services provided by the Program include the following:
- WIC checks for healthy foods
- Nutrition Education and Counseling
- Breastfeeding Support
- Referrals for Health Care.
WIC Center & Satellite Locations and Hours of Operations
The Pinellas County WIC work closely with other
agencies and Pinellas County Health Department divisions such as:
Pinellas WIC operates from six main centers and one satellite (304kb pdf).
WIC & Nutrition Program utilizes advertising and marketing strategies to reach those of you that may be eligible for the program. Currently, Pinellas WIC & Nutrition Program provides services to over 18,000 participants each month.
Each applicant must meet all Federal eligibility requirements. Checks issued from all our sites are redeemable at our participating local vendors.
WIC EBT Card Coming!
Over the next year, Florida WIC will be changing the way WIC foods are issued to clients from WIC checks to an EBT card. You will use your WIC EBT card to purchase WIC approved foods at authorized WIC grocery stores. The roll-out date for Pinellas County will be February 3, 2014.
To find out of you may qualify for the program, call our WIC Appointment line or more Information and our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Participation in WIC saves the public and private health care dollars by improving the health and
nutrition of women, infants and children. WIC has been proven to improve the diets of pregnant and
postpartum women and children. It has also been shown to reduce the incidence of low birth weight,
infant mortality and anemia among WIC participants.
Who Is Eligible?
- You must be a pregnant Woman, or a woman who has recently been pregnant, a breastfeeding mother, an infant, or a child under five years of age.
- You must meet certain income guidelines
- You must live in Florida
- You must have a nutrition-related need, which will be determined by WIC staff.
You could be eligible if you or other family members
re currently receiving Medicaid, WAGES, or Food Stamps. However, you do
NOT have to be on a public assistance program to qualify for WIC.
Before eligibility is completed, WIC staff will verify your Gross Household income.
You need to bring proof of household income so that the staff can determine your eligibility.
WIC Checks Express:
The WIC express is a faster way to check out when
picking up checks only. It is designed for participants
who have completed all the required paper work to pick up
checks. The average check out time at these stations is
about five minutes. This process saves our participants
time, especially those who are working and may use part
of their lunch hour to pick up their checks.
Breastfeeding services include:
- Breast pumps
- Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
- Lactation Consultation
WIC values and supports breastfeeding as the normal way to feed a baby. We currently have two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants on staff, one in the St. Petersburg Center, the other at the Mid-County Center. Education and support by one of our Breastfeed Peer Counselors is available at all of our health centers.
WIC offers a breast pump loan program to assist qualifying mothers in meeting their breastfeeding goals. Our breastfeeding staff will determine if you are qualified for a breast pump loan.
Prenatal breastfeeding classes are held throughout the county at various times of day and on Saturdays. WIC also has two Mom and Baby Groups that are a great place to meet other breastfeeding moms; prenatal moms are encouraged to attend. Please call 727-824-6900 ext 6997 for information regarding our any of our breastfeeding support services.
Click the picture below to watch World Breastfeeding Video
Where to Get Certified for WIC and Pick Up Checks (304kb pdf)