Program eligibility is based on income - at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, or receiving Medicaid Insurance or Food Stamps. Participants must be Michigan residents.
WIC Provides the Following:
- Food, Nutrition Education and Community Referrals
WIC provides participants with a WIC EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card that acts like a debit card when used at local participating WIC stores. Food benefits are loaded on the card and clients shop for food items such as milk, eggs, cereal, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, peanut butter, cheese and juice. Infants who are not breastfed receive formula during their first year; infant cereal and baby food is added at six months of age. Nutrition education is also offered to all participants or caregivers.
- Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
The Bay County WIC Agency has trained personnel to assist mothers with breastfeeding education and counseling. WIC strongly encourages breastfeeding and can assist families with hands-on support, loaning or purchasing a breast pump, or referrals for in-home support
During the months of June through October, WIC participants can receive additional benefits to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the local farmers' markets. Project Fresh partners with Michigan State University Extension to provide education to WIC clients.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org