The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally-funded program that serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and infants and children up to age 5 who live in Summit County and meet income guidelines.
The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.
WIC foods are selected to meet nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A & C, and protein.
Participants use the eWIC card to purchase food at approved retail grocery stores.
What does WIC Provide?
Foods for Infants (Birth-12 Months)
The WIC Program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. For babies who are not fully breastfed, iron-fortified infant formula is available for the first year of life. The state contracts with one formula company to provide formula at a reduced price. Infants may also receive infant cereal and infant fruits and vegetables during the first year.
Infants with specific medical diagnoses may receive a special formula with a prescription from a doctor.
Foods for Women and Children
Pregnant and postpartum women and children (under 5 years of age) participating in WIC receive food coupons for milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter, dried beans, peas, and fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.
Special formulas or nutritional supplements are also available to participating women and children who have certain medical conditions.
Registered Dietitians at WIC provide individualized high-risk nutrition counseling for participants with special medical conditions or nutrition-related health issues.
Health Care Referrals
WIC works closely with the healthcare community, receiving referrals from private and public health care providers and providing referrals as needed for health and social services.
WIC refers participants for immunizations, substance abuse counseling and treatment, prenatal care, smoking cessation, lead screening, the Healthy Kids/EI Child program, and more.
WIC encourages persons already receiving medical services to remain under their physicians’ care. WIC also encourages well-child visits and routine health and dental care.
Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year of life. All WIC agencies have trained personnel ready to assist mothers with the basics of breastfeeding.
Many WIC agencies have breastfeeding peer counselor support programs that provide mother-to-mother counseling. In addition, WIC agencies provide educational resources and breast pumps for women meeting certain criteria.
Who Qualifies for WIC
To be on WIC, you must:
Live in Summit County, Utah. You do not have to be a US citizen.
Need to meet WIC income guidelines, see list below. Note: a person receiving Medicaid, the Family Employment Program (TANF) or Food Stamps already meets the income eligibility requirements.
Have a nutritional or medical risk.
Be in one of the following groups:
a woman who has just had a baby (or women within six months of a miscarriage)
To apply for WIC, you must first make an appointment with the Summit County Health Department by calling 435-333-1515 or texting 801-692-3026.
Summit County WIC Schedule
Coalville: By appointment only
Kamas: By appointment only
Park City: Appointments and walk-ins welcome
At your appointment, you will need to bring the following information:
Proof of current income. You will need to bring current check stubs from all those that are employed in your family. Try to bring pay stubs from the last two checks. You may also bring your Medicaid card or a letter from Human Services showing how much you receive in Food Stamps or the Family Employment Program.
Proof of residency (address). This should be a utility bill or a rent/mortgage receipt with a street address printed on it.
Proof of identity. Bring identity for everyone who will be on the WIC program. You may bring a driver’s license, birth certificate, Medicaid card or call for other forms of ID.
Immunization record for all children.
Talk to the WIC clinic if you are having problems bringing any of the above information.
At the clinic, you will be asked many questions. Don’t worry, all information shared with the WIC clinic is confidential.
After a short interview process with WIC staff you will receive information that will help you to improve your family’s diet. Ask the nutritionist any questions you might have. She and all the WIC staff are there to help you.
Lastly, you will receive an eWIC card and a packet with a food card list. The WIC card is like a debit/credit card. Each card has a list of specific foods you can buy at the store. You cannot buy anything that is not listed on your card.
How do I use my WIC card?
You may shop at any store that has been approved as an Authorized WIC Vendor.
Many stores that are approved have a sign in the window. You may also ask the store manager or your clinic staff if you are not sure where to shop.
The eWIC card you receive will have a list of foods WIC has prescribed for you and other family members on the WIC program. Using your Food Card List, become familiar with the foods or brands that are authorized WIC foods.
The eWIC card can be used to purchase WIC foods in the same transaction when purchasing non-WIC foods. Before you begin to check out, tell the cashier you will be using your eWIC card, then follow the cashier’s instructions.