WIC Services and Benefits

Participant centered nutrition education:                                

  • Normal weight gain during your pregnancy.                                                         
  • How alcohol or smoking may hurt your unborn baby.
  • When to start feeding your baby cereal, fruits, vegetables, and meat.
  • How to get your child to eat vegetables.
  • Learn more. . .  

Breastfeeding promotion and support:

  • Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding.
  • Addresses barriers to breastfeeding.
  • Trained staff help with breastfeeding questions and concerns.
  • Breast pumps are available.
  • Learn more. . .    

Health and children's immunization screenings: 

  • Provides free health screenings (height and weight, doing a simple blood test) to help determine nutritional risk. 
  • Determines nutritional risk by reviewing each participant's medical history and dietary intake.
  • WIC screens immunization records of all participants up to 24 months of age.
  • Children needing immunizations are referred to their health care provider or to a health organization that can provide the immunizations.

Referrals to health and social service organizations:  

  • The results of the WIC assessment are used to identify other programs and services available to WIC participants.  Examples would be Healthy Beginnings Plus, SNAP (Food Stamps), CHIP, and Medical Assistance.  Participants not receiving medical services are encouraged to seek and maintain appropriate care.  In return, many health and social service organizations refer their clients to WIC. 

WIC checks provide nutritious foods from any of the 1,700 WIC authorized stores in Pennsylvania:

A participant's supplemental food package is determined at the WIC office and printed on the checks.  View WIC food listSpanish food list.  The nutritious foods include the following:

  • fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables
  • whole grains (whole wheat bread/rolls, whole grain bread/rolls, brown rice, oats, or whole wheat/corn soft tortillas)
  • milk (regular and lactose-free as required)
  •  soy beverage and tofu
  • 100% fruit and/or vegetable juice
  • peanut butter
  • cheese
  • eggs
  • canned or dried beans and peas
  • cereal (half are whole grains)
  • infant iron-fortified formula
  • infant iron fortified cereal
  • infant jarred fruits and vegetables
  • jarred infant meats (fully breastfed babies only)
  • canned chunk light tuna, pink salmon, & sardines (only fully breastfeeding women and women who are pregnant with multiple fetuses) 

WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP):

  • FMNP was established in 1993 to provide fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers' markets to WIC participants; and to expand consumers' awareness and use of farmers' markets.
  • In Pennsylvania, the FMNP operates in 67 counties at over 1,000 market and farm stand sites.
  • The program provides checks to WIC participants to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at their local farmer's market every year between June 1 and November 30.
  • Pregnant and postpartum women, breastfeeding mothers, and children over two years of age are eligible for this program.
  • For more information about the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program and other food distribution programs, please visit the Department of Agriculture's website.   

All of these services are provided at no cost to the participant.