The WIC program provides free, healthy foods for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five in Cobb and Douglas counties.
The food benefits from this program have all the vitamins and nutrients to keep you and your family healthy! In addition to free food vouchers, WIC also provides nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, growth and development advice, health referrals and breastfeeding education and support.
WIC serves 8 million people and more than half the infants in the U.S. You or someone you know could be eligible to receive WIC benefits!
Cobb and Douglas WIC Program 770.514.2389
Early nutrition is critical for healthy development in infants and children. With WIC vouchers, you receive extra foods and pantry staples customized for your dietary needs (some families receive up to $300 worth of free food every month). WIC food benefits are full of calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and protein. Join WIC and get free foods like:
- Iron-fortified infant formula
- Iron-fortified breakfast cereals (hot and cold)
- Infant cereals
- Infant foods
- Fruit and vegetables juices
- Dried peas or beans
- Peanut butter
How do I use WIC food benefits?
If you qualify for the WIC program, you can receive personalized food vouchers at your local clinic. When you go shopping, check your voucher and look out for the WIC labels to find the food you can get for free. Then, hand your voucher to the cashier at check-out.
Over 10,000 stores in Georgia participate in the WIC program, including:
- Local ethnic markets
- And many more!
Why Join WIC?
- Low-Risk Births
WIC helps pregnant women have longer, safer pregnancies with fewer birth risks like low birth weight, preterm births hospitalizations and more.
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- Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby, but most new moms need extra help. For breastfeeding women, WIC teams you up with peer counselors who can give you personalized support, information and resources on breastfeeding, which could include free breast pumps.
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- Improved Health
WIC improves the diet and health of children and protects against common health problems. For children under five, we track growth, health and cognitive development. Most WIC children perform better in school!
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Moms love being a part of WIC. As a mom, you can save money and ease stress knowing that your family is taken care of. Not only could you see health improvements in your children, but you will also feel better yourself. By participating in WIC, you also may be referred to other programs, which will help you save on health care costs.
What does a WIC visit look like?
If you’re preparing to visit WIC for the first time, you can expect a friendly, helpful and welcoming staff dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy. We have five WIC clinics in Cobb and Douglas counties (Marietta, Smyrna, Acworth-Kennesaw, South Cobb, Douglasville), but they are open to anyone in Georgia. With convenient locations and extended hours, we are happy to be of service to our community!
To make an appointment, apply for services or return for eligible services, call 770.514.2389. To save time on your visit, fill out the Georgia WIC online intake form here.
WIC Eligibility Requirements
WIC serves low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five who are at nutritional risk. Nutritional risk means the child has high-priority medical conditions such as anemia or underweight. This also applies to children whose mothers are older or have a history of pregnancy complications or poor pregnancy outcomes. Another nutritional risk is if your family has uneven food habits or if you lack variety in your diet.
WIC applicants must also have a financial need. You are automatically eligible for Georgia WIC if you currently receive Medicaid, TANF or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Foster kids under age five may also be eligible.
Please reference this chart to see if you are income eligible for WIC benefits. Your income must be less than the amount listed for the number of family members in your household.
To make an appointment and sign up for WIC, call Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770.514.2389.
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