Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

WIC is a federally funded supplemental nutrition program aimed at ensuring healthy children and reducing infant mortality through prevention of nutritional deficits. The program provides a combination of nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, referrals to service agencies and health care, and free healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, milk, cheese, yogurt, juice, cereal, peanut butter, eggs, tuna, baby food and formula. WIC serves moderate to low income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five. 

Nutrition education is a key component of the WIC program. WIC nutritionists provide individual education to WIC participants, and presentations to community groups. Additional nutrition education is available on-line at www.wichealth.org.

Check to see if you may be eligible for WIC benefits.

WIC Locations in Muskegon County


Hours
Phone
Muskegon (Main Location)
Public Health - Muskegon County
209 E Apple Ave
Muskegon, MI 49442
Walk-In Hours:  
Mon, Wed, Thurs, & Fri 8:00 - 4:30
Tues 10:00 - 4:30

(231) 724-1391

Twin Lake
Twin Lake United Methodist Church
5940 S Main St
Twin Lake, MI 49457
Appointment Only    
1st Wed of the month 9:00 - 3:30
(231) 724-1391  
(231) 578-0064
Ravenna/Casnovia/Bailey
United Methodist Church
12348 Stafford St
Ravenna, MI 49451
Appointment Only      
2nd Wed of the month 9:00 - 3:30
(231) 724-1391
(231) 578-0064
Whitehall/Montague
White Lake Community Education
541 Slocum St
Whitehall, MI 49461
Appointment Only  
Mon 8:45 - 3:30
Tues 10:00 - 3:30
(231) 724-1391
(231) 578-0064

 


Information for Medical Providers

What you need to know about medical documentation required to request WIC Special Formulas/Foods

New Medical Documentation Form for physicians

Breastfeeding Support

During baby’s first year of life, there is no better food than breast milk. Both mother and baby receive many health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits from breastfeeding.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

For babies, breast milk:

  • Is an ideal food
  • Provides all needed nutrients for the first 6 months of life
  • Helps reduce colic, spitting up, and diarrhea
  • Protects against illnesses and allergies
  • Provides babies with their mothers' immunity to disease
  • May promote cognitive development

From mothers, breastfeeding:

  • Enhances confidence and self esteem
  • Helps the uterus return to shape faster
  • May reduce the risk of breast cancer
  • Helps weight loss occur more rapidly after pregnancy
  • Provides breast milk that is always warm, ready to use, and economical
  • May delay the return of menstrual period

For the breastfeeding mom and baby, breastfeeding:

  • Enhances mother-infant bonding
  • Is environmentally friendly and saves energy
  • Is easy and convenient, once established
  • Works best when dad, family, friends, and the community offer support

Local Breastfeeding Resources

Project FRESH

The WIC program provides participants the opportunity to take part in Project FRESH. Project FRESH is an educational program providing WIC participants with coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets. Project FRESH coupon distribution will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 8:30-11:30 am at the public health department location. Coupons will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. 

For more information, call (231) 724-1391 or e-mail WIC. 

This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.11/2017