Benton County, Oregon

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Benton County Health Services - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program-

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children under 5 years of age. WIC provides healthy foods at the right time to promote good growth and development.

Contact Information

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone Number:

(541) 766-6835 - during regular business hours
1 (888) 232-7192 - crisis services available 24/7

Location:

530 NW 27th Street, Corvallis OR 97330


Special Supplemental Nutrition Program - Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Photo of Child Benton County WIC program provides the following services:
  • Monthly vouchers for specific nutritious foods
  • Nutrition and Physical activity education and counseling (individual and group classes)
  • Breast pumps (in specific circumstances)
  • Breastfeeding Education and support
  • Individual growth and health assessments
  • Summer farmer’s market coupons for fruits and vegetables
  • Referrals to other health programs like immunization, prenatal, and other social service programs

WIC provides services to

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women with children under 12 months of age
  • Non-breastfeeding women with children under 6 months of age
  • Infants and children under 5 years of age
  • Father, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children

 

How WIC helps

  • Women on the WIC program have access to healthy foods, breastfeeding support, receive prenatal care earlier, and generally have healthier babies
  • WIC provides a unique set of services to help families give their children a healthy start
  • WIC helps support healthy pregnancies
  • Decrease the number of low birth weight infants
  • Helps prevent chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease
  • Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more at birth, grow and develop better.
  • Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, visit their doctors more regularly and receive their shots on time.

 

Eligibility

To qualify for WIC, you must:

  • Live in Oregon
  • Have a household income less than 185% of federal poverty guidelines (If you currently receive TANF, Food Stamps or the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), you are automatically eligible.)
  • Have a nutritional need or risk
  • The duration for which you are eligible for WIC varies:
      • Pregnant women can get WIC throughout pregnancy.
      • Breastfeeding women can get WIC for up to one year after delivery.
      • Women who have just given birth but are not breastfeeding can get WIC until six months after delivery.
      • Children are able to receive WIC until they are 5 and are evaluated every six months to see if they are still eligible
  • Do not have to be US citizen to get WIC services

 

WIC income guidelines

See Oregon WIC Program Income Guidelines for:

  • Income guidelines
  • Definition of “household” and “income”
  • What is included in your “income” for WIC eligibility