WHAT IS WIC?
WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to Colorado families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children.
WHAT DOES WIC OFFER?
WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:
- Personalized nutrition consultations
- Checks to buy 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 support and nutrition and health education on a variety of topics including meal planning, maintaining a healthy weight, picky eaters, caring for a new baby and shopping on a budget.
WHO IS WIC FOR?
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 Colorado
- Have a nutritional need (WIC staff can help you determine this.)
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding, and/or have a child under 5
- Have a family income less than WIC guidelines (Click here for the guidelines.)
If you currently get TANF, Food Stamps or Medicaid, you are automatically income eligible. Foster children under age 5 are automatically eligible for WIC.
CAN MEN PARTICIPATE IN WIC?
WIC welcomes men! WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandparents, stepparents and other guardians play in caring for children. Fathers and other caregivers of children under 5 are encouraged to enroll and bring children to appointments, attend nutrition and health education and use WIC checks in grocery stores.
WHAT CAN I BUY WITH WIC CHECKS?
WIC checks are easy to use. Just take them with you when you go food shopping and use them to get free healthy food, including: milk, eggs, cereal, juice, cheese, infant formula, carrots, peanut butter, dried beans/peas, tuna, etc. Click here for an Allowable Foods List (English and Spanish)
HOW DO I APPLY FOR WIC?
In Crowley or Otero Counties, call or visit one of these WIC Program Offices:
|La Junta Office||Rocky Ford Office||Ordway Office|
|13 West 3rd Street, Rm 111||811 South 13th Street||603 Main, Courthouse Annex|
|La Junta, CO 81050||Rocky Ford, CO 81067||Ordway, CO 81063|
|Phone: 719-383-3040||Phone: 719-254-5300||Phone: 719-267-5245|
For more information contact: Jo Jancar, OCHD WIC Program Director, at 719-383-3052.
The WIC Program is an equal opportunity provider.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the WIC program is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.