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Beckham County Health Department

WIC

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The goal of WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program is to give our children the best possible start in life. This is done by providing nutrition education, breast feeding support, healthy foods, and health care referrals during the critical stages of fetal and childhood development. It is a nutrition education and supplemental food program for pregnant, breast-feeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to five years of age.

Contact to OSDH WIC web site: WIC

WIC Food Card - Card

National USDA WIC site: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/

  

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our staff and clients no group classes are being held at this time.  WIC services are being provided over the phone. Please call (580) 225-1173 for Elk City or (580) 928-5551 for Sayre.

New Online WIC Application

 

Who is eligible for WIC?

  • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have recently given birth
  • Infants
  • Children up to the age of five

Will I qualify for WIC benefits?

You might qualify if you:

  • Live in the state of Oklahoma
  • Have a family income within program limits
  • Are determined to be at nutritional risk
  • Receive Medicaid, SNAP or TANF - you are automatically income eligible for WIC benefits.
  • Click here for the online prescreening tool to help determine if you qualify.

Examples of typical WIC foods:

  • Milk
  • Lactose-reduced milk
  • Soy Milk
  • Juice
  • Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Formula
  • Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grain breads, brown rice and corn or whole wheat tortillas
  • Tofu

Exception Request for Formula/Food

WIC provides supplemental infant formula. A WIC formula contract is required by the USDA and infants on standard milk-based or soy-based formula must be issued a contract formula. Oklahoma WIC currently has a contract with Gerber Good Start brand infant formulas. If your infant or child requires a medical formula, his or her healthcare provider may request that WIC make an exception by completing an Exception Request for Formula/Food. Formula exceptions are not guaranteed. Each one is considered on an individual basis and approval is dependent on funding. Formulas may not be issued solely for the purpose of enhancing nutrient intake or managing body weight and are not authorized for a non-specific formula or food intolerance.

Exception Request for Formula/Food

Breast Feeding Information and Support

The Oklahoma State Department of Health views breastfeeding as the normal way of feeding babies. Breastfeeding helps babies get the best start in life.  It helps children reach their full potential for health and growth.  Mothers everywhere have found that breastfeeding can work.  BCHD offers nursing advice that can help breastfeeding moms be successful.

For those who wish to breast feed, breast pumps will be issued, if available, and you meet requirements.

Breastfeeding Resources

WIC Breastfeeding

OSDH Breastfeeding Information and Support 

Tips for Breastfeeding Moms

USDA WIC BreastFeeding Support Information

USDA WIC Resources to Help Moms make their breastfeeding goals (English and Spanish)

Providers

For questions please call (580) 225-1173 for Elk City or (580) 928-5551 for Sayre.

USDA, OSDH, and BCHD are equal opportunity providers and employers.

 

 

 

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