WIC is a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. WIC is a food and nutrition program that services pregnant women, infants and children up to the age of 5 years old. By providing healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and assistance with referrals to local health and support services, WIC helps with positive pregnancy outcomes as well as normal child growth and development.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselorloefflerc@baycounty.net
Breastfeeding Warm Line
Bay City Office
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5745
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
2nd and 3rd Wednesday of the Month 8:00am - 5:30pm
415 Arthur Street
Pinconning, MI 48650
Hours of Operation:
1st Thursday of each Month 9:00am - 4:00pm
(Lunch is 12:00pm-1:00pm)
Program eligibility is based on income - at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, or receiving Medicaid Insurance or Food Stamps. Participants must be Michigan residents.
WIC Provides the Following:
- Food, Nutrition Education and Community Referrals
WIC provides participants with a WIC EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card that acts like a debit card when used at local participating WIC stores. Food benefits are loaded on the card and clients shop for food items such as milk, eggs, cereal, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, peanut butter, cheese, yogurt and juice. Infants who are not breastfed receive formula during their first year; infant cereal and baby food is added at six months of age. Nutrition education is also offered to all participants or caregivers.
- Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
The Bay County WIC Agency has trained personnel to assist mothers with breastfeeding education and counseling. WIC strongly encourages breastfeeding and can assist families with hands-on support, loaning of a breast pump, or referrals for in-home support
During the months of June through October, WIC participants can receive additional benefits to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the local farmers' markets.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org