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The People's Guide 2015 38 WIC WIC Who Can Get WIC? • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby • Women who have lost a pregnancy, or suffered the loss of a newborn, or stillbirth • Children under 5 years old (including foster children and children raised by oth- ers) • Low to moderate income – meaning that your "gross income" (your income before taxes and deductions) is below the following: Household Size Annually Monthly 1 21,590 1,800 2 29,101 2,426 3 36,612 3,051 4 44,123 3,677 5 51,634 4,303 6 59,145 4,929 7 66,656 5,555 8 74,167 6,181 For each additional household member, add: +7,511 +626 This chart is accurate until June 30, 2015. If you are pregnant, add 1 to the number of people in your household. You also qualify for WIC if your house- hold receives CalFresh, CalWORKs or full Medi-Cal. What Are The Benefits? • Special checks to buy healthy foods such as low-fat milk, fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans and peanut butter. • Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and stay healthy. WIC participants are regularly scheduled to attend meetings and talk with WIC counselors about healthy weight, good snacks, smart food shopping, physical activity and how to feed their families. • Support and information about breast- feeding. You can share your concerns with WIC counselors and other mothers. In some WIC programs, breastfeeding women can visit WIC any time they have a question, a problem or need support. Some WIC sites also have Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and Breastfeeding clinics that can help mothers with extra breastfeeding support. • Extra food for women who fully breast- feed their babies for a whole year. • Help in finding health care and other community services. • Checks for iron-fortified infant formula and cereals for babies. • Vouchers to buy fruits and vegetables at famer markets. Coupons are lim- ited. Ask about the Famers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers. WIC (officially called the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children under 5 years of age to eat well and stay healthy. WIC IS FREE - you will never have to pay for any WIC services. Where Can I Find WIC? WIC has over 100 local offices in Los Angeles County located in neighborhood shopping areas, health clinics, hospitals and community centers. Some doctors or clinics may refer you to WIC but even if they do not, you should call WIC. WIC staff will work with you to see if you are eligible to be on WIC. Call the toll-free number below for more information and to find the WIC office closest to your home. (888) WIC-WORKS (888) 942-9675 Or visit: wicworks

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