The Women, Infants and Children Program
What is WIC?
WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC helps families by providing:
- Checks to buy healthy foods from WIC-approved stores. Foods may include: milk, eggs, bread, cereal, fruits and vegetables, and much more
- Nutrition education and counseling focused on helping you and your family eat well and be healthy
- Help in finding healthcare and other community services and resources
- Support and guidance in breastfeeding your baby
To qualify for WIC services, participants must meet income guidelines, and be in a category served by WIC. In California, 84 local WIC agencies provide services to over 1.4 million women, infants and children each month at over 600 sites throughout the State. Within Sutter County, our main office is located at the County Health Department, while two satellite sites are located in Live Oak and Richland Housing area.
Who Can WIC Help?
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program serves:
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or just had a baby
- Children under 5 years old (including foster children)
- Families with low to medium income (working families may qualify)
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, WIC is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
Determine WIC Eligibility
There are four guidelines used to determine if an applicant is eligible to participate in WIC:
Category: An applicant must be in one of the categories served by WIC.
- Pregnant women (as soon as the first trimester)
- Breastfeeding women (up to 1 year after delivery)
- Non-breastfeeding women (up to 6 months after the pregnancy)
- Infant (under 1 year old)
- Child (1 to 5 years of age)
- Residence: The applicant must live in California (preferably Sutter County)
- Income: The applicant must be within WIC Guidelines (based on income before taxes):
- Nutritional Need: The applicant must have a health problem (nutritional need) which can be improved with good nutrition.
How to Apply for WIC
A short screening process over the phone or in-person can help you find out if you qualify for the Sutter County WIC Program. You can call us at: (530) 822-7224 or stop by our main office in the Sutter County Health Department. You can also send us an email (send a message). Once the screening has been completed, you will be given an enrollment appointment at our main office (lasting about an hour long). Most participants are enrolled and begin receiving benefits within two weeks of the initial screening.
WIC Sites and Offices
|Site Name||Address||City||Zip||Telephone||Day Open|
|Sutter County Health Department
|1445 Veterans Memorial Circle||Yuba City||95993||(530) 822-7224||
Mon. - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
2nd & 4th Monday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
|Live Oak Boy Scout Building||2670 Myrtle Street||Live Oak||95953||(530) 822-7224||
2nd & 4th Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
|Richland Neighborhood Center||420 Miles Avenue||Yuba City||95991||(530) 822-7224||
1st & 3rd Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Breastfeeding Support: It takes a village
Visit our Breastfeeding Page to learn how WIC supports breastfeeding families. Topics included are:
- Breastfeeding Recommendations and Laws
- Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program
- Free Access to Lactation Consultants
- Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses
- Breast Pump Loans
Watch this clip to see how WIC supports breastfeeding!
WIC is required to offer nutrition education on a quarterly basis. Below are listed the two options we have for families needing to complete a general nutrition class (GA).
Upcoming Class Topics
- October – December 2015 -“Iron In, Lead Out”
- January – March 2016 - “Shake the Salt Habit”
- April – June 2016 - “Being A Healthy Role Model”
- This option is available to families who have difficulty attending group classes
- Ask your WIC staff if this option is available for your next nutrition education contact (certain limitation do apply)
Upcoming Outreach Events: Mark your calendars!
Baby Shower 2016
- Saturday, May 14, 2016 - More information to come!
Farmer's Market Season
- WIC Participants have the opportunity to get an extra set of checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the Certified Farmer’s Markets in Yuba City
- Distribution of these special checks begins in June and finishes in August (while supplies last). Farmer’s Market Checks are given on a first come first serve basis at the market by WIC staff
- Once the checks have been received, participants can use them at any WIC Approved Farmer’s Market
- The local Famer’s Market Season begins in May and continues into October. The WIC Farmer’s Market Checks expire at the end of November
World Breastfeeding Week Celebration
- Big Latch On 2016: More information to come