The Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) is a federally-funded nutrition program that provides healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and family resources to pregnant and breastfeeding people, infants and children up to age 5 years. The purpose of WIC is to improve the health of families during critical times of growth and development. Families who participate in WIC have lower risk of preterm births and childhood obesity. In addition to our CRP WIC services, we are fortunate to have grant-funding from First 5 Sacramento to operate our Community Lactation Assistance (CLA) Project. This allows for enhanced clinical lactation support for WIC participants and low-income families living in Sacramento County. See “Breastfeeding Services” below for details.
The purpose of WIC is to improve the health of families during critical times of growth and development. WIC services are provided at eight different locations in Sacramento County. Contact us at 916-326-5830 or by email for more information.
WIC provides benefits to buy healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk, eggs, cereal, juice, peanut butter, soy milk, tofu and more. WIC foods support the special nutritional needs of pregnant and breastfeeding parents, infants, and children up to age 5. WIC food benefits are provided monthly on a reusable California WIC Card. The WIC Card is like a debit card and makes shopping easy. Download the WIC App to view your family’s food benefits balance, upcoming appointments, and search for nearby WIC locations and authorized vendors.
WIC provides family-focused nutrition education to guide you through all stages of your family’s life, from pregnancy and first foods for baby, finger foods for your toddler, and healthy meal ideas for the whole family. CRP WIC nutrition education is provided through:
WIC supports breastfeeding and strives to provide evidence-based information and support to pregnant and new parents. CRP WIC provides the following benefits and support to help parents meet their breastfeeding goals:
The CRP WIC Program is fortunate to have grant funding from First 5 Sacramento for our Community Lactation Assistance (CLA) Project. With this enhanced funding, CRP WIC is able to:
For more information on the CLA Project and CRP WIC breastfeeding support, contact Samantha Slaughter.
Funding for lactation consultants is provided by the First 5 Sacramento Commission which uses Proposition 10 (tobacco tax) funds to support the healthy development of children ages zero through five. Additional information about the First 5 Commission is online at www.first5sacramento.net or by calling 916-876-5865.
WIC can help you find a healthcare provider, medical insurance/Medi-Cal, and connect you with additional community services to meet the needs of your family.