The WIC program provides free, healthy foods for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five in Cobb and Douglas counties.
WIC serves 8 million people and more than half the infants in the U.S. That means you or someone you know could be eligible to receive WIC benefits!
WIC is a free program for those with low income and nutritional needs. Services include:
- Food Benefits
- Nutrition Education
- Growth Evaluations
- Cooking Demonstrations
- Breastfeeding Support
- Health Referrals
Cobb and Douglas WIC Program 770.514.2389
Eat Healthy, Grow Healthy, Live Healthy
Poor nutrition can have negative effects on a child’s development. But with WIC, you can get what you need to help your child grow healthy and strong. With the assistance of our kind, expert staff, you won’t have to worry about how to start eating healthy, how to afford healthy food, or how to boost your child’s development. WIC is there for you.
As a part of the WIC program, you receive vouchers for extra food to help feed your family. Some families receive up to $300 worth of free food every month. The WIC-approved foods have all the vitamins, calcium, iron and other nutrients so you can live healthier lives.
Participants in the WIC program see improvements to the diet and health of women and children, including:
- Better growth rates
- Fewer incidences of iron deficiency anemia
- Greater weight gain in pregnant women
- Longer pregnancies
- Fewer incidences of low birth weights
- Greater likelihood of receiving medical care and immunizations
- Greater cognitive development, including better vocabulary scores, number memory and reading assessments
How do I use WIC food benefits?
If you qualify for the WIC program, you can receive personalized food vouchers at your local clinic. These vouchers allow you to pick out fresh produce, dairy products and pantry staples. 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.
Staying Healthy While Pregnant
- 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!
WIC Improves Educational Prospects
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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