Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Port St. Lucie WIC site on Milner Drive has moved
to St. Lucie West.
Click here for directions.
WIC is a nutrition education program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides supplemental foods that promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5.
WIC Program Overview
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program is a premier public health nutrition program designed to improve the health of pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5 through nutrition counseling and provision of nutritious foods to those meeting eligibility standards. Families are screened for income and nutritional risk eligibility. Income guidelines are set at or below 185% of federal poverty level which is adjusted upward annually for inflation factors. A sliding scale of income is used based on the number of people living in a household. Licensed Nutritionists and other nutrition professionals determine nutritional risk eligibility and provide individualized nutrition assessment, counseling and education to assist families in making healthier nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle choices.
WIC Provides Nutritious Foods and Breastfeeding Support
The WIC Program provides vouchers for nutritious foods including milk, juice, cereal, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, beans, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and baby foods purchased at authorized stores. By providing specific nutrient-packed foods, WIC assures that adequate protein, iron, calcium, vitamins and minerals are selected for the increased demands of growth and development. Breastfeeding is recognized as the best bonding and nutritional choice for mothers and infants. St. Lucie County WIC's Circle of Care for nursing mothers offers a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program and the expertise of a Lactation Consultant to encourage and support mothers in their decision to breastfeed. Manual breast pumps or an electric breast pump loan program are available as needed by mothers enrolled in WIC.
For those mothers unable to breastfeed or choosing not to breastfeed, iron-fortified infant formula is provided for the baby's first year. The Florida WIC Program contracts with a single infant formula company, which provides rebate savings on each can of formula allowing us to control costs and serve more families. Special infant formulas are available for specific medical conditions as approved by the Florida WIC Program with valid documentation.
WIC Improves Health Outcomes
The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) has successfully helped to improve birth outcomes and children's health since 1974. WIC focuses on the critical growth periods of pregnancy, infancy and early childhood where nutritional support can make a difference and lifetime habits are established. Studies document the following proven benefits of WIC participation:
- Lowers infant mortality
- Improves nutritious food intake and weight gain in pregnant women
- Decreases low birth weight
- Reduces anemia in children
- Significantly improves children's diets with increased nutrient levels
- Preschoolers participating in WIC made healthier snack choices than their peers
- 4 and 5 year olds who participated in WIC had better vocabularies and digit memory scores than their peers who did not participate in WIC
- Leads to higher rates of immunization against childhood diseases
- Every dollar invested prenatally in WIC saved $1.77 in Medicaid costs through the first 60 days after birth
- $3.50 is saved for each dollar spent on WIC prenatally. This savings reduces the cost of hospitalization, special education, and supplemental income for disabled children, with most of the savings in the first year of life.
- Improves access to regular healthcare
WIC is an investment program that saves healthcare dollars through primary prevention and nutrition intervention.
If you think that your family or someone you know may qualify for WIC services, please call for an appointment today! WIC is an equal opportunity provider. Refer to WIC Office Locations in St. Lucie County .
The WIC Prescreening Tool is a web-based application intended to help potential WIC applicants determine if they are likely to be eligible for WIC benefits. The Tool asks users to complete a series of questions regarding their categorical, residential and income eligibility for WIC benefits. Based on your responses to these questions, users are informed that you "may be eligible" or "may not be eligible" for WIC benefits. Users who are likely to be eligible to receive WIC benefits are provided with State-specific contact information and are encouraged to make a certification appointment with their WIC local agencies. Additionally, users are provided with a printable summary of your responses and a list of examples of the documentation that is required at an initial certification appointment.
The WIC Prescreening Tool is accessible at WIC Prescreening Tool. The Tool is currently available in English, Spanish and Chinese (traditional). More languages are expected to be added in the near future.
For further information on the WIC Program please access the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of WIC Program Services via the internet site, www.FloridaWIC.org.
Port St. Lucie:
531 NW Lake Whitney Place
FAX: (772) 873-4917
9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
714 Avenue C
FAX: (772) 462-3869
9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm