Community Nutrition Programs, WIC and FOOD Plus, promote healthy eating habits for pregnant women, new moms, infants, children, and seniors. Services are provided at several locations throughout Pima County.
Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC)
WIC provides nutrition education and “checks” to purchase nutritional foods designed to supplement the family food budget. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to five (5) years old who have a health risk (such as anemia, underweight, overweight or history of pregnancy complications) can receive:
- nutrition education through a group or individually
- screening for nutritional risks
- growth monitoring
- referral to local health and human services
Getting started with the Women, Infants and Children Program.
Food Plus or CSFP Program
FOOD Plus is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) funded through the USDA that provides eligible families with a food package rich in protein, calcium, iron and Vitamins A & C.
Who Qualifies? Pregnant women, new moms up to one-year post partum, children up to six (6) years who are NOT on WIC; and Seniors over 60 can qualify for the food packages.
Getting started with the FOOD Plus.
AZ Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
Arizona Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program provides coupons that can be used to buy fresh, unprepared fruits and vegetables from State-approved farmers, farmer’s markets and roadside stands. Women and children that have been certified to receive WIC services or who are on a waiting list for WIC certification are eligible to participate.
Breastfeeding Education Support Team (BEST)
Breastfeeding Education Support Team provides encouragement and support to low-income pregnant and postpartum women to help them achieve their personal breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding information and guidance are provided individually or in group classes. According to the Surgeon General, breastfeeding is one of the most important contributors to infant health. Breastfeeding provides a range of benefits for the infant’s growth, immunity, and development. Breastfeeding also improves the mother’s health and contributes to economic benefits to the family.
The Folate Program provides multivitamins containing folic acid, a B-Vitamin, to low-income, childbearing women. Taking folate regularly can significantly reduce the incident of birth defects such as spina bifida.
Community Nutrition Education
Community Nutrition Education is an important component of the Community Nutrition Programs. Registered Dietitians, Health Educators and other staff are available for presentations, participation in health fairs, and distribution of literature on nutrition-related topics.
To request a presentation, call (520) 243-7700.