Women Infant Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
WIC…Offering families good food & a whole lot more!
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify.
WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:
- Personalized nutrition consultations
- Free, healthy food
- Tips for eating well to improve health
- Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family
But that’s not all!
WIC also offers breastfeeding classes, one-on-one breastfeeding support, as well as immunization screening and referrals. WIC also provides parents with opportunities to talk with other parents about nutrition and other health topics that are important to their families.
WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC for your child.
You can participate in WIC if you:
- Live in Massachusetts
- Have a nutritional need (WIC staff can help you determine this)
- Are a child under 5, or a pregnant or breast- feeding woman, and
- Have a family income less than WIC guidelines
IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, YOU SHOULD COUNT YOURSELF AS TWO.
You are automatically income eligible for WIC if you are currently receiving TAFDC, Food Stamps or MassHealth. (MassHealth members with Family Assistance or CommonHealth coverage are not automatically income eligible.) Foster children under age 5 are also automatically eligible for WIC.
WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandparents, stepparents, and other guardians play in caring for kids. Fathers and other caregivers of kids under 5 are encouraged to enroll and bring kids to appointments, attend nutrition and health workshops, and use the WIC CARD in grocery stores.
The WIC CARD makes it easier for you to provide the healthy, delicious foods that you feel good about giving your family. Just take the WIC CARD with you when you go food shopping and use it to get free healthy food, including:
- Baby Food
- Brown Rice
- Canned fish
- Dried or canned beans/peas
- Fruit juice
- Fruits & vegetables
- Infant formula
- Peanut butter
- Whole Grain Options
Breastfeeding Support Services:
WIC Warmline # 774-627-1292
Call us to have all your breastfeeding questions answered by a Breastfeeding Counselor
New Life New Beginnings - Congratulations on your new pregnancy! All pregnant women attend one class during their pregnancy. Discussions include common topics that occur during pregnancy as well as what to expect while enrolled in WIC.
Breastfeeding Teaching Group - Congratulations! Your about to take part in one of life’s greatest miracles – Breastfeeding your baby. Breastfeeding can be simple, especially if you know the tricks. Our Peer Counselors are here to share them with you. Join us for refreshments and learn more about these topics: Babies First Feeding, Normal Infant Behavior, What to expect as a new mom.
Watch Me Grow - Breastfeeding Support for postpartum woman. Learn more about these topics: Infant Massage, BellyTime , Baby & Me Yoga, Infant Safety, Real Life Baby Einstein, Happiest Baby, Story Time: Raising a Reader, Bedtime Hour, Baby Proof your Home. Share your breastfeeding experiences. Bring your questions. Bring your family.
Attend a Happiest Baby Class™ and learn how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes... or less! This FREE class is taught by a certified Happiest Baby Educator and includes information about:
- The Missing Fourth Trimester
- The Calming Reflex
- The 5 S's
- The Cuddle Cure
Magic? Miracle? No, it’s a reflex!
Class participants will receive a swaddling blanket, Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and Soothing Sounds CD.
For more information on any of our classes, please call 774-627-1292
Fall River WIC Program
387 Quarry Street Suite 101
Fall River, Massachusetts, 02723
508 679-9349 x 222
8:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. Mon, Wed. & Thurs.
8:00 a.m. -- 7:00 p.m. Tues.
8:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. Friday
Other Site Location: Swansea Town Hall Annex – 68 Stevens Road
Please call our main office for more information regarding these locations. Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese & Khmer
Do you have questions? Contact WIC today to learn more 508 679-9349 x222, 1-800-WIC-1007 or visit www.mass.gov/wic
Nutrition Division MA Department of Public Health TDD/TTY: (617) 624-5992
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.