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WIC welcomes all pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as infants and children under the age of 5 who meet the PA WIC eligibility requirements.  Working families may qualify and are welcomed and encouraged to apply.  Click on the income guidelines at the lower left corner to see if you qualify. 

One of the most successful publicly funded health programs in the United States is the Women, Infants, and Children's' Program (WIC).  Community Action has operated the WIC program in Fayette County since 1974.  The goal of the program is to ensure the healthy development of children during the important development years which starts prior to birth and continues through age 5. 

WIC fills an important void by providing supplemental nutritious foods.  Nutrition Education for helping you help your family to lead healthier life styles with improved nutrition and increased physical activity are the tools that our professional staff work with families to formulate achievable goals. 

In seven clinics geographically dispersed throughout the county, Community Action provides clients with individualized nutrition counseling, food vouchers, an assessment of each client’s health status, appropriate health counseling, referrals as well as other support, and information services needed by many new mothers following delivery and during the first years of parenting.

WIC provides vouchers which can be redeemed at local grocery stores for a variety of food products including formula, infant cereal, adult cereal, juice, milk, eggs and peanut butter or dried beans,  peas, fruits, vegetables, allowable whole grains, canned beans and infant fruits and vegetables.  Also, soy milk and tofu are allowed with a doctor’s authorization.   The package is designed based on the nutritional risk of the mother or the child.  Nutrition risks can include; smoking, weight gain, hypertension, gestational diabetes, multiple births; low birth weight, low blood iron, inadequate height and weight measurements, and an inadequate diet, in infants and children; cesarean delivery, high weight gain, breastfeeding, age, in post-partum and breastfeeding women. 

WIC offers breastfeeding education, and encourages pregnant women to breastfeed their babies. Breast feeding mothers are provided individual counseling and support.  We offer a breast pump rental service for those who meet criteria. 

Breastfeeding has been long recognized by our nation's health professionals as the most nutritious feeding approach for infants.  In addition to the nutritional value, breast milk also passes important antibodies on to the baby and builds a strong bond between the mother and infant.  The infants developing digestive system can better handle breast milk.  Plus it is convenient and you don't have to worry about bottles or shopping for formula.  Keeping the mother's diet high in nutritious foods is a must, so WIC provides special foods for breastfeeding mothers. 

One of the most important elements of the WIC program is the nutritional education which its staff of nutritionists, registered/licensed dietitian and nurses provide to the parents and the children.

During the summer months, special vouchers are available for fresh vegetables which can be redeemed at area farmer's markets. Farm stands throughout Fayette County participate and accept the FMNP vouchers. 

For convenience to the clients who are most in need of the WIC program, WIC clinics operate from seven sites throughout the County.  This helps to address the problems which many of our clients have with finding reliable transportation. 

The new WIC food package went into effect on October 1, 2009.  Contact your local WIC office or  www.pawic.com for more information.