Women, Infants, and Children
The Ohio WIC Program can help you and your family achieve the best health!
WIC is a federal nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, administered by Ohio Department of Health, and operated locally as a program of the HHWP-Community Action Commission.
Breastfeeding Peer Helper Program
Breastfeeding Peer Helpers are women who have personal breastfeeding experience that work with pregnant and postpartum WIC participants to help them meet their breastfeeding goals.
Together with the WIC Health Professionals, which includes an IBCLC- internationally board certified lactation consultant, our WIC peer helpers encourage and support moms through phone and office contacts, including in-depth appointments when needed, to assist with any breastfeeding questions or concerns.
They – as well as ALL WIC staff - strive to educate WIC participants, their families, and members of the community about short and long-term breastfeeding benefits to both moms and babies, and how to “make it work” when moms return to work or school.
Who is Eligible
- Pregnant, Breastfeeding, and Postpartum Women
- Infants and Children under 5 years of age
- Must meet income guidelines below, or receive Medicaid, Food Assistance, Ohio Works First (TANF), Refugee Resettlement, or Disability Assistance from Job and Family Services
- Improve nutrition and dietary intake
- Improve pregnancy outcomes
- Reduce incidence of low birth weight and infant mortality
- Provide infants and children with a healthy start in life
- Provide mothers with breastfeeding assistance
- Nutrition education
- Breastfeeding education and support
- Supplemental, highly nutritious foods
- Referral to prenatal and pediatric healthcare
- Referral to maternal and child health and human service programs
WIC health professionals are knowledgeable and care about the health of your family. They are happy to work with you in achieving the best health for your family.
WIC touches many communities throughout Ohio and is in partnership with over 1,380 retail vendors. These vendors include chain supermarkets, convenience stores, and grocery stores. They accept the WIC nutrition card in exchange for authorized foods.
Ohio WIC Program Income Guidelines
In order to be eligible for WIC, the gross countable income of the economic unit, of which the applicant/participant is a member, must be less than or equal to the Ohio WIC program income guidelines for economic unit size provided in the following chart. WIC income guidelines are updated each year.
Note: A pregnant woman counts as more than one family member. A person who currently receives Medicaid, Food Assistance, or Ohio Works First (OWF) automatically meets the income eligibility criteria for WIC.
Guidelines effective July 1, 2022. If you are unsure of income eligibility, contact your local WIC office.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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For more information contact a WIC clinic in the county you live:
Hancock County WIC Program
The Family Center
1800 North Blanchard Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Phone: (419) 424-0720
Fax: (419) 424-1466
*Hancock County WIC is also a Mothers Milk drop site to help babies in need. Our office houses a freezer to store donated human breast milk, which can be transferred to the milk bank in Columbus. There is no cost to the volunteer donor, and donors can be from any county. For more information, call 419-424-0720.
Hardin County WIC Program
The Hardin County WIC office
500 E. Columbus St.
Kenton, Ohio 43326
Phone: (419) 675-2000
Fax (419) 675-2003
Putnam County WIC Program
1205 East Third Street
Ottawa, Ohio 45875
Phone: (419) 523-5080
Fax: (419) 523-5059
If you live in Wyandot County, the Wyandot Health Department operates their local WIC Clinic, and it can be reached at 419-294-3852 or this link: http://www.wyandothealth.com/
How to Apply
- Call or stop by your local WIC clinic to make an appointment
- You can also apply by printing out a WIC program application at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/ns/wicn/wic1.aspx and mailing it to the WIC clinic in your area. Please note that you must also schedule an appointment at the clinic.
The Hancock WIC office at Suite 124, inside The Family Center, is a breastmilk drop site. The office houses a freezer to store donated human milk, which is transferred to the OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank in Columbus at no cost to the donor.
We can accept donations from outside of Hancock County. Interested donors are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614) 566-0630 to arrange a screening phone interview.
More information about the OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank, including a video, may be found at https://www.ohiohealth.com/.../womens.../mothers-milk-bank/ .