What is WIC?
The Marietta WIC Clinic has moved and expanded!
We are now located in the Marietta Health Center “Building B” – 1738 County Services Parkway (next door to Building A on the Marietta Health Center Campus).
Learn more about our improved space!
NOW OPEN: The Cobb & Douglas Public Health WIC Program at our Acworth and South Cobb Health Centers!
Cobb & Douglas Public Health WIC, a GA WIC provider, is open for all services at the following five locations: Acworth, Douglasville, Marietta, South Cobb and Smyrna. Please call our phone center (770-514-2389) for an appointment, to apply for services, or to return for eligible services.
All clients are seen by appointment only. Call the CDPH WIC Call Center at 770-514-2389 for an appointment or complete the Online Registration Form and someone will contact you.
There is some paperwork to be completed when you come to the WIC office.
Georgia’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (GA WIC) is currently the fifth largest program in the United States. Our district provides service to about six percent of Georgia’s WIC programs through three clinics. Marietta WIC is one of the three largest WIC clinics ,of over 200 WIC clinics, in Georgia. GA WIC sees pregnant women, breastfeeding women until their infants’ 1st birthday, postpartum women until their infants’ 6 month birthday, and infants and children up to 5 years of age.
Georgia WIC is a nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children who have nutritional needs and are income eligible. Eligible program enrollees receive:
- Nutrition assessment
- Nutrition education
- Vouchers for healthy foods
- Support for breastfeeding moms
- Referral to other health and social services
You may qualify for GA WIC if you:
- are pregnant, just had a baby, are breastfeeding a baby, or have small children under age 5
- have a moderately low family income, even if you work; and
- have a documented nutrition-related medical need:
- and live in the State of Georgia
If you qualify, all GA WIC services are FREE.
GA WIC Nutritional Assessment & Certification
- Determines program eligibility based on income and nutritional risk assessment.
- Nutrition education and counseling for nutrition risk
- Referrals to other services that are impacting the nutritional status of the participant
- Provides food vouchers to eligible clients that can be redeemed in grocery stores throughout Georgia
- Clients must provide proof of indentification, proof of address in the state of Georgia, proof of income.
- Income level has to be less than or equal to 185% of poverty level; if you are on Medicaid you are considered to be income eligible.
- Nutrition education on healthy foods and lifestyle modifications for a healthy body
- Basic education about physical activity guidelines
- Basic education about substitutes for screen time
- Dental care
- Breastfeeding classes – benefits of breastfeeding, risks of breast milk substitute use, preparation for breastfeeding success, latch, etc.
- Nutrition assessment and counseling with a Registered Dietitian for high risk nutrition conditions.
- One-on-one consultations with a Loving Support Certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. By appointment these support professionals are available after hours as well. Call-in support daily from 8 AM – 5 PM.
- Provide education and breastfeeding support to eligible women in group and individual environments in the clinic.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Specialist- Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for follow-up after discharge from the hospital.
- Breast pumps are available to Cobb & Douglas WIC participants based upon need and availability.
GA WIC Foods include:
- Whole Grains
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Peanut Butter
- Milk (Cow, lactose-free, or Goat)
- Baby Foods.
Other foods are available by prescription. Please talk to your GA WIC Competent Professional Authority in the clinic. Only foods written on the vouchers can be purchased with a GA WIC voucher. Breast Milk Substitutes may be provided after an assessment with a GA WIC Competent Professional Authority.
Acworth Health Center:
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Marietta Health Center:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Tuesday – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Douglas Health Center (Douglasville):
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Smyrna Health Center:
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
South Cobb Health Center:
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What is the WIC program?
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly referred to as WIC, provides nutrition education and supplemental foods to low income families. Participants receive a nutrition assessment, health screening, medical history, body measurements (weight and height), hemoglobin check, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals to other health and social services, and vouchers for healthy foods.
Am I eligible to participate in the WIC program?
WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, infants, and children under five years of age who meet the following:
- Income level has to be less than or equal to 185% of poverty guidelines
- Nutrition risk must be documented
- Those eligible may receive WIC services even if they are working, are under the care of a private physician, and/or have private insurance. To determine eligibility, clients must provide proof of ID, proof of residency, and proof of income or Medicaid/food stamp enrollment.
What are the income eligibility guidelines?
The WIC income eligibility guidelines change annually. The following poverty guidelines are valid for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014):
GEORGIA WIC PROGRAM
INCOME ELIGIBLE GUIDELINES
(Effective from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016)
Reduced Price Meals – 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
48 Contiguous States
Each Add’l Family
For up to date information, please check the following link: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines.htm
What should I expect during my GA WIC appointment?
There are many different kinds of GA WIC appointments. Each different service has a different appointment type. Expectations for each type of appointment will be different. Some things that may happen include:
- Complete a questionnaire about what you and/or your children eat.
- Submit Proof of Income, Proof of Residency and Proof of Identification.
- Height and weight check of you and/or your children
- Finger stick for Hemoglobin status (Some people call this Iron Status)
- Meet with a nutritionist to go over your answers to the questionnaire, answer questions you may have about growth and development, nutrition, physical activity, and other healthy lifestyle issues and assist with referrals.
- Create lifestyle change goals with your nutritionist
- Receive vouchers for healthy foods and instruction in how to use those vouchers.
- Receive an appointment for your next GA WIC Visit
What should I bring to my WIC appointment?
The items needed for your WIC appointment will vary, depending on the type of appointment you have scheduled for that day. Below you will find a few general rules:
- Regardless of what type of appointment you have scheduled, you should always bring your WIC ID folder.
- For all Children Certification Appointments, the applicant must bring Proof of Income, Proof of Residency (street address in Georgia), and an Identification Card for the parent/guardian and an Identification Card for the child. NOTE: For Child Certification Appointments, both the parent/guardian and child must be present.
- For all Women’s Certification Appointments, you must bring Proof of Income, Proof of Residency (street address in Georgia), and an Identification Card. NOTE: For Women’s Certification Appointments, the applicant must be present.
- For Nutrition classes, the participant may need to attend. Please refer to your personalized WIC ID folder (Appointment Section) for more information.
- For Prevent Anemia classes, the participant or proxy may attend.
- For Breastfeeding classes, the participant or proxy may attend.
How long do participants receive WIC services?
- Prenatal women stay in the WIC program until six weeks postpartum.
- Postpartum women may continue (if still eligible) until six months postpartum.
- Breastfeeding women may remain on the program for as long as one year after delivery (if they continue to breastfeed).
- Infants may remain on the WIC program until their first birthday.
- Children may be eligible for WIC up to five years of age. They must be reassessed for income eligibility annually.
I received a “30 Day Form” from my WIC clinic. What does this mean?
A “30 Day Form” means you have 30 days from the date received to bring the missing proof/documentation to your local WIC clinic. Please see your personalized WIC ID Folder (Appointment Section) for more information. When a participant receives a “30 Day Form,” the participant is eligible to receive only one month of vouchers. Once the missing proof/documentation is received by the WIC clinic, the participant will be able to pick-up the next month’s vouchers. The participant may bring missing proof/documentation to the WIC clinic during normal business hours. The proof/documentation must be received on or before the 30 day expiration date; however, if you miss your appointment to bring your proof information, please call our call center (770-514-2389) who will work with you to get back on the program without restarting the process.
What is a proxy and how do I add one?
A proxy is a trusted person designated by a GA WIC participant or the participant’s guardian, to attend some GA WIC services when the participant or guardian is unable to attend. Proxies may also pickup vouchers and cash them in the store for the participant. Proxies must follow all the rules and regulations of a GA WIC participant; they also have additional rules to follow. The proxy may only be selected by the participant or participant’s guardian at a primary WIC visit also called the certification visit. A proxy must have both their personal identification, and their GA WIC ID folder to access services.
I am running late for my WIC appointment, what should I do?
WIC participants are given a 15 minute grace period after the scheduled appointment time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be required to reschedule your appointment for a later time.