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
Who Qualifies? Pregnant women, new moms up to one-year postpartum, children up to five (5) years of age can qualify for the food packages.
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.
Additional Pima County Health Department Services
Nutritional Programs - A listing of nutritional programs
Family Support - Connecting families with parenting assistance at no cost
New Moms - Providing support for first-time pregnant women
Healthy Children - Education and support for pregnant and postpartum women
Child Immunizations - For children in need of vaccinations
Birth Control - Women's health and family planning