- 4 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
How does it work? Does it help?
How does it work? Does it help?
@SamanthaLovesJames: I just made an appointment for this today, but it’s not until next week. I’m not 100% sure what it entails or how it works, either, but I heard they’ll help with pump rental, so I want to learn to see if I qualify for that. All the woman at the window told me was that for a household of our size (me, husband and baby-on-the-way), we have to have an annual income of less than $36,000 to qualify.
@SamanthaLovesJames: I am, they basically give u the necessary foods to b healthy while pregnant. Wen u go to an appt the will test ur iron check ur income and verify u r pregnant. When u hav the bby keep the crib card and they provide formula or extra food if ur breastfeeding
They help by giving you formula or letting you rent a breast pump. They also give you these coupon/vouchers to take to the grocery store and get eggs, cheese, cereal, milk for your family. It’s a great program! I think you have to visit them once a month or maybe once every 2 months to get more coupons for the food and formula then they ask you a few questions about the baby and your health to make sure everythings okay and your getting enough food.
Thank you. I’ve been laid off recently and now my husband is the only bread winner. With our baby on the way, I had a friend suggest WIC. Never heard of and not sure if I even qualify, will try it.
I had it with my 1st son and loved the program. They are a huge help. You get it when pregnant and then after up until baby is 5. Not sure how the program has changed since i was on it (my son is now 13) but I would give it a shot if I was you.
call your county public health department. they will be the ones to help you if you qualify. if you are on any other govt programs then you automatically qualify i believe. i am in the process of getting on WIC. waiting for my meeting though.. They don’t provide all food and they provide different things for different people from my understanding.
WIC is very helpful. I think it varies slightly state to state – some places use cards and some use checks. We have the checks here and they specifically list the items you can purchase – X amount of 2%/1%/skim milk (you have to specify which you want for you/your child), X amount of $ in fresh fruits/veggies, X oz of approved juice, cheese, approved cereals, bread, infant cereal, infant jarred baby foods, etc.
If you’re solely breastfeeding, you won’t receive formula but you’ll receive more of pretty much everything else since you + your child are both considered on the program. If you’re using formula they will give you X amount of free containers of which ever formula you prefer, but you will get less/none of the extras that had been provided for you to benefit breastfeeding.
They do pump rentals as well. I’m not sure if how they do it changes per location, but they gave me a free pump and pump accessories when I was breastfeeding. Less like renting and more like borrowing, and they had a couple different “styles” of pumps to choose from.
You also have to do classes from time to time – going over nutrition facts, new health information, and changes in the program (they update their food books each year). They’re really basic, but required.
Good luck :))
Edit to add: Usually you’re given 3 months of checks so you’ll have 3 months between visits, and it seems to be about every 6 months you have to go in to show proof of government assistance and/or income and proof of address so they can confirm that you still qualify.
I’m in Texas as well & am on WIC. I LOVE their program!
For a pregnant mom in Texas you get things like milk, eggs, peanut butter, oatmeal, bread/tortillas, beans, & $10 of veggies (fresh or frozen, just no mixed) and I think some other things (juice being one).
You go every 3 months to get your card refilled & to take a class or have a follow up with the nurse. The classes generally are on breastfeeding or nutrition.
When the baby is born you get even MORE benefits as a breastfeeding mom (more eggs, milk, tuna/salmon) and when baby turns 6 mths you also get 31 meat & I think 64 veggie jars of baby food a month.
You can also get a loaner pump if you need AND they have a lactation counselor on site that can help with any issues you’re having.
The thing that alot of people miss if you don’t have to be in poverty to qualify for WIC… they’re program really does have a decent income ceiling & can benefit ALOT of moms! I really love their program!
@SamanthaLovesJames: I worked in the grocery world while in college. You’ll be given a list of what you can get each month and its loaded on a debit type card. You’ll get things like milk, beans, cereals and an allotted amount of fresh fruits while pregnant. After baby they’ll add on things like formula and baby foods to your card.
@SamanthaLovesJames: I’m not on WIC but I did work at grocery store for 8 years as a cashier. As PP said you’ll get your card and have about 3 months to use them. You can not use them the day before or day after, WIC is super strict about that. So checking dates on the cards before you go to the store is a must. You should get a booklet that has photos and descriptions of what you’re allowed/not allowed. if you have any questions the cashier can help you as they should be up-to-date on WIC training. Also, make sure your WIC folder is signed before you get to the store the first time, because the cashier will check it against the signature on the checks, and if it isn’t signed you can’t get the items you will need. Also, make sure whoever is authorized to buy items on your WIC (you, husband, grandparent, whoever) sign before the first trip too, that way if husband or grandma run to the store they can get the items listed. If used correctly it’s a great program, I have friends who use it and it helps them a lot!