Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program

Nationwide nearly half of all of children have received WIC services.

Why WIC?

Children start school with improved ability to learn. Women learn how to provide healthy foods for their families. WIC also provides referrals to other helpful services. WIC empowers families to become self-sufficient by assisting them at an important time in their lives.

Community Action's WIC Nutrition Program helps give children a healthy start for life with:

  • $40 to $50 in healthy foods each month
  • Information on children's growth and nutrition
  • Tips and assistance for a successful breastfeeding experience
  • Community information referrals
  • Friendly, individualized, and caring services

Community Action's WIC Nutrition Program serves families on a tight budget, unemployed families, and families receiving TANF. Services are provided in Anacortes and Mount Vernon. Community Action also administers a WIC program for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children under age 5 can get help with food and nutrition education.

To learn more about WIC services, call Community Action at (360) 416-7595.

 

Who is Eligible?

WIC serves:

  • Women who are pregnant.
  • Women who are post-partum (0-6 months) including women who have experienced a pregnancy loss.
  • Women who are breastfeeding an infant up to age one.
  • Infant and children age 1 to 5 including foster children and children being cared for by caregivers*.

*Caregivers could be biological parents, adoptive parents, separated parents, single parents (mom or dad), and anyone caring for a child or infant such as a grandparent, relative, friend, etc.

 

Income Guidelines

(updated May 2018)

Income for WIC participation is set by the Federal government and the State of Washington. Income guidelines change every April.

WIC considers total gross income before deductions. Examples of income include employment, military pay, public assistance, unemployment, L&I, social security, child support paid to you, and any incidental income earned or given to you.

(Unborn baby is counted as one family member—twins count as two family members)

  • Family of 2 earning up to $2,504
  • Family of 3 earning up to $3,149
  • Family of 4 earning up to $3,793
  • Family of 5 earning up to $4,4375

 

How to Apply

 

If you meet the eligiblity and income requirements above, call to schedule an appointment. A new client appointment requires approximately 45 minutes.

     For Mount Vernon and Anacortes, call (360) 416-7595

     For NAS Whidbey Island, call (360) 679-8049

 

A Typical Visit

Appointments, about every 1 to 3 months, are individualized for your family. Some appointments involve measurement of height and weight and an iron screening. We ask questions about your overall health & nutrition. WIC staff are able to offer your family individualized referrals as well as nutrition & breastfeeding information based on your family’s needs.

What to Bring to Your Appointment:

  • Each family member who might receive WIC services
  • Proof of identification for that individual, such as ID card, birth certificate, Social Security card, ProviderOne card, etc.
  • Proof of income (see income guidelines above)
  • Proof of current address (e.g. WA drivers' license/ID card with current address, utility bill, pay stub with current address, ProviderOne card, etc.)
  • Your WIC appointment and ID folder (given at your first appointment)

Please call the office if there are questions about any of the above items. We have staff that speak Spanish & Russian as well as English.

 

Breastfeeding

Community Action’s WIC Nutrition Program provides education, encouragement, and support to mothers who wish to breastfeed. Through the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program, parents learn about breastfeeding and receive support if needed. The breastfeeding peers talk with parents in the office, by phone, or text and are available by cell phone outside of normal business hours.

  • For more additional information, click here.
  • Skagit Breastfeeding Coalition resource guide, click here.

 

Locations

Office: Mount Vernon Anacortes Naval Air Station
Contact: Telephone: (360) 416-7595
Fax: (360) 416-4988

Schedule via Mount Vernon's
office:  (360) 416-7595.

Telephone: (360) 679-8049
Fax: (360) 679-8032
Hours:
*See note*
Monday - Thursday
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesdays 9:30 am to 5:00 pm,
(lunch from 1:00 to 2:00)
Monday: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
(lunch 1:00-1:30)
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
(lunch 12:00-12:30)
Location:

330 Pacific Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Just off of Riverside Drive

1020 26th Street
Anacortes, WA, 98221

Behind the hospital


On the Seaplane Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Resources

 

WIC Videos

For more WIC videos, click here.

 

Questions

For questions, please call Community Action at 360-416-7595.