WIC

Why is WIC a good idea?

WIC is this nation’s most successful and cost-effective public health nutrition program.

WIC serves over half of all infants born in the US. More than half born in Skagit County.

WIC children start school with improved ability to learn.

WIC families are connected to local resources.

The WIC staff are flexible with appointment space and family’s needs.

What are WIC Benefits?

  • Nutrition tips for a healthy pregnancy and for feeding young children
  • Breastfeeding tips, support and breast pumps.
  • Ability to purchase $50-$100 of Healthy foods a month with an easy-to-use EBT style card (coming November 2019).
  • Lots of referrals based on individual goals
  • Confidence that you doing your best by your family and ideas for finding help.
  • Access to on-site assistance with Apple Health insurance and Food Stamps
  • Often WIC has some clothing, supplies and diapers to assist families even more. This WIC is associated with the Skagit Valley Diaper bank.
  • A limited number of WIC families may qualify for car seats.

Who can receive WIC?

Unfortunately, even though the guidelines are quite generous, not everyone can receive WIC at this time. Income for WIC participation is set by the Federal Government and the State of Washington. Income guidelines change every April. Approximately 60% of babies born in Skagit County are WIC eligible. Please see income guidelines below.

WIC clients must be in one of the following categories.

WIC Caregivers can be anyone caring for a WIC client.

  • Persons who are pregnant
  • Women who are post-partum (0-6 months), including women who have experienced any kind of pregnancy loss or termination.
  • Women who are breastfeeding an infant up to the age of one.
  • Infants, including foster infants
  • Children up to age 5 years, including foster children and children being cared for by others.

Note: An infant or child can be living with biological parents, adoptive parents, separated parents, single parents, or anyone caring for a child or infant such as a grandparent, relative, or friend.

Can men recieve WIC?

We encourage male caregivers, husbands and partners to participate in WIC appointments. We have lots of males caring for children and bringing them to WIC, including Dads, Grandfathers, Uncles, and Foster Dads.

Income Guidlines

Unfortunately, even though the guidelines are quite generous, not everyone can receive WIC at this time. Income for WIC participation is set by the Federal Government and the State of Washington. Income guidelines change every April. Approximately 60% of babies born in Skagit County are WIC eligible.

WIC considers total gross income before deductions for all household members.

Examples of income include employment, military pay, public assistance TANF, unemployment, L&I, social security, child support paid to you and any incidental income.

May 2019 Income:

Family Size Max Monthly Income*
2 $2,607
3 $3,189
4 $3,970
5 $4,652

Notes on income:

  • Unborn baby counts as a family member.
  • If family is on a “qualifying” program, they may be eligible regardless of actual income. Qualifying programs include Medicaid (some forms of Apple Health/Provider One) and Food stamps.
  • Military housing allowance does NOT count toward total income.
  • Please stop by to discuss exceptions to income limits.

How do I make an appointment?

If it is convenient for you, the best way to make your FIRST WIC appointment is to stop by the office to discuss eligibility and income in person. But we are happy to discuss on the phone also. Unfortunately, there is no way at this time to do the application on line.

For rescheduling appointments, the reception desk in Mount Vernon is staffed full time.

Who will I meet at WIC offices?

Nutrition Educators conduct most of the regular WIC appointments.

Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists are available to do follow up appointments and are available for anyone interested in more nutrition information or with eating/feeding issues.

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors meet with pregnant women and breastfeeding women to encourage and support goals around breastfeeding

Our Lactation Consultant is internationally board certified (IBCLC) to provide special help regarding breastfeeding.

Languages spoken by current staff members include: English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Russian. WIC also has access to a language line for other languages.

What happens at an appointment?

WIC visits occur every 1-3 months and are individualized to your family. Some appointments during the year will involve measurement of height and weight and iron screening. We review your health and nutrition status. WIC staff are able to offer your family ideas for meeting your nutrition and breastfeeding goals and referrals to helpful programs.

What do I need to bring to an appointment?

For a new participant appointment:

  • We need to see the person who will be the WIC client
  • Proof of ID for that person (see proofs below)
  • Proof of income for family (see proofs below)
  • Proof of residence in Washington State

A few notes about proofs:

  • An active Apple Health insurance card Provider One number may often be used for proof of ID and income and residence. About 80% of our clients use Provider One for “proofs”.
  • If proofs are not currently available, it is possible to have a grace period of one month.
  • If you have any questions or concerns; please come to appointment and discuss with staff. There are many more rules and allowances than it is possible to mention here.

Suggested Proofs:

  • Proofs of ID: birth certificate, Social Security card, Driver’s license or WA ID, school card, immunization record and for new babies, any papers documenting the birth.
  • Proofs of income: Pay stubs for the past 30 days for all earners in the family, Military Leave and Earning statements, Award letter for TANF or SNAP (food stamps).
  • Proofs for residency: postmarked envelope or other document with your street address (not PO box), Driver’s license.

Breastfeeding

Community Action’s WIC Program provides education, encouragement, and breastfeeding support to mothers. Trained Breastfeeding Peer Counselors talk with parents in the office, by phone, or text and are available by cell phone outside of normal business hours.

WIC provides a breastfeeding class monthly for pregnant women to get off to a great start.

Our IBCLC lactation consultant is available for appointments 3 days a week, for any mom who has questions or concerns.

We have hospital grade breast pumps for moms who need them. We also have manual breast pumps and other breastfeeding aids.

Breastfeeding Resources

Parent Resources

Apply for health insurance (WA Health Care Authority)

Department of Social and Health Services (basic food, TANF, child support, etc)

Department of Health – Children with special health care needs program

Parent Help 123 (resources in Washington)

Skagit Bright Beginnings– local information for pregnancy and parenting

WICShopper App– The WICShopper app helps simplify shopping for your WIC foods.

WIC Quick Links

Testimonials

I like the employees, they are always nice and welcoming

What I like about the WIC program is that they assist with help depending on what you need and they give you tips on the baby

The help they bring to find more resources in the community

Good resource for help with my toddler

I like speaking to other women about issues like parenting, nutrition, self-respect. How to care for myself and my kids or child checkups.

The respect, helpful advice and the family friendly environment

So helpful in many aspects, even areas they aren’t trained in

WIC Mount Vernon

  • Local Phone: 1-360-416-7595

  • Fax: 1-360-416-4988

  • Address:
    330 Pacific Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

  • Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 6
    Friday 8:30 – 5

WIC Anacortes

  • Local Phone: 1-360-416-7595
    Tuesdays: 1-360-708-1809

  • Fax: 1-360-416-4988

  • Address:
    2601 M Avenue, Suite C, Anacortes WA 98221

  • Hours: Tuesday 9 – 4:30

WIC Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

  • Local Phone: 1-360-679-8049

  • Fax: 1-360-679-8032

  • Address:
    260 Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98278
    Building #13 on Seaplane Base

  • Hours: Monday 8:30 – 6
    Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 – 4:30