WIC is here to support you and your goals for feeding your baby. Pregnant and breastfeeding families are invited to join breastfeeding support groups on Zoom to connect and learn with other parents. Support groups are offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Armenian.

See our upcoming breastfeeding support groups below. Click the ‘Join now’ button on the day and time of the support group to connect on Zoom. See you there!

WIC sẵn sàng hỗ trợ bạn và mục tiêu nuôi con bằng sữa mẹ của bạn. WIC mời các phụ nữ đang mang thai và các gia đình đang cho con bú sữa mẹ tham gia nhóm hỗ trợ nuôi con bằng sữa mẹ trên Zoom để kết nối và học hỏi với các bậc cha mẹ khác.

Nhấp vào nút 'Tham gia ngay' vào ngày và giờ của nhóm hỗ trợ để kết nối trên Zoom

 

Ikaw ba ay nagdadalang tao o kapapanganak lamang at nangangailangan ng tulong sa breastfeeding? Maaring lumahok sa breastfeeding support group sa pamamagitan ng Zoom.

 

WIC-ն այստեղ է օժանդակելու ձեզ՝ երեխայի կերակրման ձեր նպատակներին։ Հղի և կրծքով կերակրող ընտանիքները հրավիրվում են Zoom-ի միջով միանալու կրծքով կերակրման աջակցության խմբակին՝ հաղորդակցվելու և սովորելու այլ ծնողների հետ։

Սեղմեք Zoom-ի 'Միացիր հիմա' կոճակը՝ աջակցության խմբակին միանալու օրը և ժամին։ Կտեսնեմ ձեզ այնտեղ!

 

Currently pregnant or just had a baby and looking for breastfeeding support? Join WIC's Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group on Zoom!

Click the 'Join now' button below on the day and time of the support group to connect on Zoom. See you there!

 

WIC está aquí para apoyarla a usted y sus metas para alimentar a su bebé. Familias esperando un bebé o amamantando son invitadas a unirse a los grupos de apoyo a la lactancia en Zoom para conectarse y aprender con otros padres.

Haga clic en el botón '¡Únase ahora!' el día y la hora del grupo de apoyo que quiera para conectarse en Zoom.

 

WIC 在这里为您和您的宝宝提供母乳喂养的支持。我们邀请怀孕和母乳喂养的家庭加入 Zoom 上的母乳喂养支持小组,与其他家长一起讨论和学习关于母乳喂养的要点。

在小组活动当天只需点击'立即加入Join now' 键即可在Zoom上连接。到时候见!

 

Many working families qualify for WIC. We offer weekend appointments by phone a few times per month to accommodate WIC families’ busy schedules.

Need to schedule a weekend WIC appointment? Text the keyword for the day you would like to schedule an appointment to 91997. A WIC counselor will call you for your phone appointment between 8:30 am – 1:00 pm on your appointment day.

Weekend Appointments Available This Month

Date
Keyword
Saturday, March 16APPT16
Saturday, March 30APPT30

Example: If you would like to be called on March 16, text APPT24 to 91997.

Questions? Text 91997!

PHFE WIC participants can receive a coupon for discounted tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA while supplies last. Text 91997 to schedule a pick-up for your coupon.

What you need to know about the coupon:

  • Each coupon is good for up to 4 adult, child, and senior admissions for only $5 each OR one $40 Family Access membership. Family Access memberships are good for one year and include up to two adults and any children living in your household.

  • The original coupon must be presented at the Aquarium ticket window. Mobile versions will not be accepted.

  • Coupons cannot be applied to prior ticket or membership purchases.

  • No cash value. Not for resale and non-transferable. Not valid for school group admissions.

  • They must be redeemed on or before May 24, 2024.

  • Reserve your visit time at pacific.to/reservations.

How can I get an aquarium coupon?

Families who are currently enrolled in the PHFE WIC Program are eligible to receive an aquarium coupon. Text 91997 to schedule a pick-up at any of our PHFE WIC offices. Coupons are limited to one per family.

If you are enrolled in a different WIC agency, contact your local WIC office.

Not enrolled in WIC yet? Apply today!

Need to renew your WIC account? Text APPT with your preferred date and time to 91997 to schedule an appointment.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a nationwide recall for Quaker Recalls Granola Bars and Granola Cereals Due to Possible Health Risk because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Please see the affected products UPCs below

  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cinnamon 14.5 oz UPC 030000061534
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cinnamon 21 oz UPC 030000320730
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar 14.5 oz UPC 030000064412
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar 21 oz UPC 030000064030

WIC families, who have purchased the affected product are urged not to consume the product and dispose them. For a refund, contact Quaker Consumer Relations at 1-800-492-9322 or visit www.quakergranolarecall.com for additional information.

Product Images

Full details regarding the FDA recall can be found here.

For further questions or concerns, please text us at 91997 to speak with a WIC counselor.

WIC offers appointments by phone, video, in-person, and online. Choose the appointment method that works best for you to connect with your WIC counselor.

Sign up for WIC today

If you are pregnant or have a child under age 5, please apply for WIC onlineWe will contact you to confirm your eligibility and complete your enrollment. In-person enrollments can be scheduled at a WIC office near you, and you will receive your food benefits the same day if you qualify. Enrollments can also be completed entirely by phone or video. You will receive your WIC benefits by mail within a few days if you qualify.

Connect with other parents through our group classes on Zoom

Two 30-minute group classes are available each weekday. Check out the group class schedule to find the class time that works best for you and join from home or on the go. Whether you have a class appointment or not, we would love to see you in class!

Attend appointments at home or at a WIC office near you

Many WIC appointments can be completed by phone, in-person, or online. Throughout your pregnancy and your baby’s first year, you will have appointments with a WIC counselor every 1-3 months. After your baby turns 1, we will reassess their eligibility every year. If your family continues to qualify for WIC, you will have a minimum of four WIC appointments per year. Some appointments will be with a WIC counselor, and some will be classes.

Appointments with WIC counselors are by video, phone, or in-person. Class appointments are online or on Zoom. Let your WIC counselor know at your next contact if you have a preferred appointment method!

If you missed your appointment or need to reschedule, text 91997.

Read more about WIC appointment types

If you have a phone appointment, you will receive a text or call the day before your appointment with the information you will need. Please expect a call in the morning before 12 PM or afternoon before 5 PM on your appointment day.

In-person services are by appointment time only. Please arrive a few minutes before your appointment. If the door is locked, call the phone number on the door to let your WIC counselor know that you have arrived.

We will text you the link to join the video call on the day of your appointment. Simply click the link at the time of your appointment.

For online class appointments, go to wichealth.org on or near your appointment date to take one or more lessons. If it is your first time visiting wichealth.org, please sign up. If you are a returning user, log in to complete a lesson. We will text you when your benefits have been added to your card and your next appointment is scheduled.

Two group classes are available each weekday. Check out the group class schedule to find the class time that works best for you and join from home or on the go. Whether you have a class appointment or not, we would love to see you in class!

Check your WIC Benefits on the WIC App

Your WIC benefits may have already been added to your card this month. Check your WIC food balance on the WIC app. Remember to shop for ALL of your foods before your benefit end date!

If you do not see benefits on your WIC food balance, or if you need to make a change, text 91997.

Other Resources

Once per year, you will have a recertification appointment to renew your child’s WIC eligibility. If your appointment is in person at a WIC office, please bring your child(ren) with you and their most recent vaccination history. If you cannot bring your child please bring their recent medical records with height, weight, and anemia test results.

If your appointment is by phone, we will text you a link to upload photos of your child’s medical records on your appointment day.

During your appointment, we will:

  • Confirm your family income or child’s Medi-Cal status
  • Talk about your child’s growth and nutrition
  • Connect you with other community resources
  • Load more food benefits onto your WIC card

WIC counselors are here to educate and empower you to build a healthy future for your family. We encourage you to ask questions and bring up any challenges you are facing. We will do our best to help or connect you with someone who can.

If you need to replace your WIC card, let your WIC counselor know. We are happy to replace it.

Prepare for your appointment

To reassess your eligibility, please provide your family’s proof of income. Let your WIC counselor know if you do not have proof of income.

Examples include:

  • Active Medi-Cal numbers
  • Paystub or statement from the last 30 days
  • Disability pay
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Social security benefits
  • Other

If you do not have an income or Medi-Cal, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.

If you have moved, please provide one of the following items that shows your current address and full name:

  • Active Medi-Cal numbers
  • Any mail
  • Any bill
  • Driver's license or ID
  • Bank statement
  • Car registration/insurance
  • Other

If you do not have proof of residency or Medi-Cal, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.

Weight, height, and anemia test results

Please provide any height, weight, and anemia test results within the last 60 days. If you are unable to provide this information, request one from your healthcare provider at your next visit. The document can be an official form or aftercare summary visit and must include:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Weight, height, and/or anemia test results
  • Date the results were taken
  • Healthcare provider's name and/or signature

If you do not have recent height, weight, or anemia test result documents from your child(ren)'s healthcare provider, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.

Immunization Record

Please provide your child's immunization record (yellow card) or an electronic vaccine record. Your child's electronic vaccine record may be obtained here . The digital vaccine record will include your child's vaccination dates and future vaccine recommendations.


Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition, a producer of nutrition products, has voluntarily recalled six batches of Nutramigen Powder Formula due to possible contamination of bacteria. The select batches of Nutramigen Powder 12.6 and 19.8oz cans were manufactured in June 2023 and were distributed through retail stores nationwide.

WIC families, who have purchased Nutramigen Powder 12.6oz or 19.8oz containers should check the bottom of the can to identify whether the batch number is affected. The products have a UPC of 300871239418 or 300871239456 and “Use By Date” of “1 Jan 2025”. The following batch codes are:

  • ZL3FHG (12.6 oz cans);
  • ZL3FMH (12.6 oz cans);
  • ZL3FPE (12.6 oz cans);
  • ZL3FQD (12.6 oz cans);
  • ZL3FRW (19.8 oz cans); and
  • ZL3FXJ (12.6 oz cans).

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Families are asked to dispose formula affected by the recall. If you have any questions, please contact your pediatrician. For a refund, contact Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition at 866-534-9986 or email consumer.relations@rb.com

Full details regarding the FDA recall can be found here.

Please note that no illnesses have been reported, and no other Nutramigen Powder Formula batches or other Reckitt/MJN products are affected.

For further questions or concerns, please text us at 91997 to speak with a WIC counselor.

Connect and learn with other parents from the comfort of your home or on the go at WIC online group classes. Group classes are offered in English and Spanish.

Join the class using any smart device following these 3 simple steps!

1. If you don’t already have the Zoom app on your phone or tablet, download it now. You are not required to make a Zoom account, but it’s not a problem if you already have one.

2. Find the class day and time that works best for you.

3. Click the class name at the time of the event.

Classes begin right away at their start time.

Week of Events

Trouble logging on to Zoom?

Text

91997

for help.

  • Your WIC juice benefit does not cover this fee and it will need to be paid with a different form of payment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When shoppers buy certain beverages, they pay a California Redemption Value or CRV fee. Shoppers can get CRV refunds by returning clean, empty containers to recycling centers.

A new California law has made changes to the container types that can be charged the CRV fee. Now, all containers of 100% fruit juice and vegetable juice are included.

This new fee applies only to shelf-stable juice sold in bottles. This fee does not apply to frozen or shelf-stable concentrate juice.

You must pay the CRV juice bottle fee to the WIC authorized store at the time you buy any 64 oz bottle of juice. The ten cents ($0.10) fee will be added to each 64 oz bottle of juice you buy.

You can take your clean, empty bottles to a recycling center for a refund of the deposit fee you paid when you purchased your WIC juice.

Visit the CalRecyle website for a list of recycling centers.

You may not always see the 10 cents ($0.10) fee on the bottled juice labels. Bottles filled and labeled before July 1, 2024, are not required to have the $0.10 fee printed on the label.

However, all bottled juice will have a $0.10 fee starting January 1, 2024, even without labeling.

Contact your WIC local office for more information. Find your local WIC office here: WIC Office Search.

You can also contact the CDPH WIC Division State Office:

Negotiations Continue on Fiscal Year 2024 Spending Bills

A Continuing Resolution through January 19, 2024, continues to fund the WIC Program as Congress finalizes the upcoming fiscal year. With a growing number of qualified applicants and the rising cost of food prices, additional funding for the program is needed. Without enough funding, states would be required to put eligible parents and young children on waiting lists.

WIC Families Have Been Receiving Increased Benefits Since June 2021

Since June 2021, WIC families have been receiving increased fruit and vegetable benefits – the “WIC benefit bump” because of temporary legislation (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Omnibus Agreement in March 2022, Continuing Resolution in September 2022, and the Omnibus Package in December 2022).

In September 2023, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to extend the increased fruit and vegetable benefits. Before the increase, the WIC food package included $9 for each child and $11 for each enrolled adult to spend on fruits and vegetables. WIC is now advocating to make the WIC benefit bump permanent and for Congress to provide the additional funding needed for the WIC program this fiscal year.

Monthly Fruit & Vegetable Benefits:

$26 each month for children ages 1-4
$47 each month for pregnant and postpartum participants
$52 each month for breastfeeding and chestfeeding postpartum participants

We remain hopeful that Congress will make the increased fruit and vegetable benefits permanent and provide the additional funding needed for the program.

WIC Benefit Bump Frequently Asked Questions

Every month, WIC families receive a cash value for fruits and vegetables as part of their WIC food package. Each child and adult participating in WIC receives a cash value depending on their category listed above.

For example, if 1 breastfeeding parent and 3 eligible children are participating in WIC, the family will receive $130 ($52 + $26 + $26 + $26) each month with their WIC benefits for fruits and vegetables.

WIC benefits do NOT carry over from month to month. Remember to shop for all of your WIC foods before your benefit end date each month. You can find your benefit end date on the CA WIC App, at the top of the Food Balance screen.

Shop for fruits and vegetables using your WIC card at any stores that accept WIC in California. You can also shop at farmers' markets that accept the WIC card!

You can buy fresh, dried, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables in any brand, type or combination, including organic options.

Tip! Buy canned and frozen fruits and vegetables to stock up.


A message to WIC participants & community partners

You can help encourage Congress to fully fund the WIC Program by

  • Spending the full amount of benefits each month

  • Sharing your photos and stories on social media using #ExtendtheWICBump

  • Sending a letter to Congress using the using the button below.

WIC families who borrowed an electric breast pump and no longer need it can return it at their nearest WIC office or at a WIC store listed below. If you are still using the breast pump, please hold on to it.

Need a breast pump? Families currently enrolled in WIC may be eligible for a free manual or electric breast pump to help reach their feeding goals. Learn how you can get a breast pump from WIC here.

Need to renew your WIC account? Text APPT with your preferred date and time to 91997 to schedule an appointment.

WIC Office Drop-Off Hours

Electric breast pumps can be dropped off at your local WIC office during the days and times listed below.

Mon – Thurs: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Mon – Fri: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

WIC Store Drop-Off Locations and Hours

Can’t make it to a WIC office? Drop off your electric pump at a nearby WIC store. See a list of participating WIC stores and their hours below.

City
Address
Hours
Baldwin ParkMother's Nutritional
4243 Maine Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
BellflowerMother's Nutritional
17610 Bellflower Blvd Unit 101 & 102, Bellflower, CA 90706
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
ChinoMother's Nutritional
4774 Riverside Dr Ste A, Chino, CA 91710
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
El MonteMother's Nutritional
10016 Garvey Ave Unit 4, El Monte, CA 91733
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
Prime Time Nutrition
3560 Santa Anita Ave Ste J, El Monte, CA 91731
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GardenaMother's Nutritional
15212 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
InglewoodMother's Nutritional
943 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood CA 90302
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
La MiradaMother's Nutritional
14549 Telegraph Rd, La Mirada, CA 90638
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
La PuentePrime Time Nutrition
413 S Azusa Ave, La Puente, CA 91744
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Los AngelesMother's Nutritional
4311 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
Mother's Nutritional
1605 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
Mother's Nutritional
3665 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
Mother's Nutritional
4222 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
Prime Time Nutrition
5930 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NorwalkMother's Nutritional
13927 San Antonio Dr, Norwalk, CA 90650
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
Pico RiveraMother's Nutritional
8870 Whittier Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
PomonaPrime Time Nutrition
2226 S Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
RosemeadPrime Time Nutrition
8868 Mission Dr #A, Rosemead, CA 91770
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Santa AnaMother's Nutritional
5015 W Edinger Ave # R, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed

Free diapers are being provided to families across Los Angeles and Orange County while supplies last. Brands and sizes available vary by location. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols when picking up diapers.

Los Angeles County

Agency NameAddressAppointment NeededPhone NumberPick Up Day & TimeDetails & Requirements
All Peoples Christian Center822 E. 20th St. Los Angeles, CA 90058No(213) 747-6357Friday, 9:30AM - 1:00PMWhile supplies last
Foothill Unity Center790 W. Chestnut Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016
No(626) 358-3486Monday, 1:00PM - 3:30PM / Wednesday & Friday, 9:00AM - 11:30AM Photo ID, Drive thru/Walk thru
Foothill Unity Center191 N. Oak Ave. Pasadena, CA 91107No(626) 584-7420Tuesday, 9:00AM - 11:30AM / Wednesday & Friday, 1:00PM - 3:30PMProof of address/income, Birth Certificate(infant/child), while supplies last
Inland Valley Hope Partners209 W. Pearl St. Pomona, CA 91768No(909) 622-3806Monday - Thursday, 9:00AM - 3:00PMBirth Certificate(infant/child)
Inland Valley Hope Partners660 N. Mountain Ave. Claremont, CA 91711No(909) 622-3806Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30PM - 4:30PMBirth Certificate(infant/child)
Inland Valley Hope Partners110 E. Third St. San Dimas, CA 91773No(909) 622-3806Monday & Wednesday, 2:00PM - 4:00PMBirth Certificate(infant/child)
Inland Valley Hope Partners904 E. California St. Ontario, CA 91761No(909) 622-3806Monday - Tuesday, 9:00AM - 3:00PMBirth Certificate(infant/child)
Meet Each Need with Dignity10641 San Fernando Rd. Pacoima, CA 91331Yes(818) 897-24432nd & 4th Wednesday, 9:00AM - 11:00AMPre-registration needed
Salvation Army - Bellflower Temple Corps9664 Cedar St. Bellflower, CA 90706Yes(562) 804-0808Monday - Thursday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM Must call prior to distribution
Salvation Army - Stillman Sawyer Family Services820 Lomita Blvd. Harbor City, CA 90710No(310) 835-1986Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00AM - 3:00PMBirth Certificate(infant/child), Photo ID, Food Pantry & diapers
St. Francis Center1835 S. Hope St. Los Angeles, CA 90015No(213) 747-5347Tuesday, 10:00AM - 12:00PMPre-registration needed
St. Margaret's Center10217 S. Inglewood Ave. Inglewood, CA 90304Yes(310) 672-2208Wednesday, 9:00AM - 3:00PMMust call prior to distribution
Silverlake Community2930 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027No(323) 663-3151Wednesday, 5:00PM - 6:00PMBirth Certificate(infant/child), Proof of address
My Friends House3533 W. 58th Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90053No(323) 292-4939Wednesday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM Will serve first 100 persons
Bread of Life - Washington5175 1/2 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016No(323) 939-4716Wednesday, 11:00AM - 12:30PMDrive thru
Bread of Life - Avalon701 East 88th Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90012No(323) 939-4716Thursday, 1:00PM - 3:00PMDrive thru
Houses of Light19359 Londelius St. Northridge, CA 91324No(818) 998-2931Wednesday, 11:30AM - 12:30PM & Saturday, 6:00AM - 7:30AMDrive thru only, while supplies last
JFS/SOVA16439 Vanowen St. Van Nuys, CA 91406No(818) 988-7682Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 1:30PMPre-registration needed
Immanuel Presbyterian668 S. Catalina St. Los Angeles, CA 90005No(213) 389-3191Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 12:00PMBirth Certificate(infant/child), Photo ID
Hope Chapel 6015 W. Ave. J8 Quartz Hill, CA 93536No(661) 943-10741st & 3rd Friday, 9:30AM - 11:00AMMust call prior to distribution
Sowing Seeds1350 Arrow Hwy. La Verne, CA 91750No(909) 293-77351st & 3rd Wednesday, 8:00AM - 12:00PMEntrance Gate 17 Fairplex, While supplies last
Hope Chapel Foursquare2420 Pacific Coast Hwy. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254No(310) 374-4673Wednesday & Friday, 9:00AM - 12:00PM & 1:00PM - 4:00PMComplete information form, Drive thru

Orange County

Agency NameAddressAppointment NeededPhone#Pick Up Day & TimeDetails & Requirements
Together We Rise580 W. Lambert Rd. Ste. A. Brea, CA 92821Yes(714) 784-6760By appointment onlyFoster Families only - Social Worker referral
ICNA Relief14522 Goldenwest Ave. Westminster, CA 92683Yes(714) 399-4572 ext. 2312nd Thursday of each monthOrange County residents receiving CalFresh or Medi-Cal ONLY. Must call prior to distribution
Helping Others Prepare for Eternity H.O.P.E.11022 Acacia Parkway Ste. C
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Yes(714) 539-4357By appointment onlyMust call prior to distribution
Families Forward8 Thomas Irvine, CA 92618(949) 552-2727Monday - Thursday, 10:00am - 2:00pmPre-registration needed
El Modena Family Resource Center18672 E. Center Ave. Orange, CA 92869Yes(714) 532-3595By appointment onlyMust call prior to distribution for eligibility requirements
Friendly Center147 W. Rose Ave. Orange, CA 92867Yes(714) 771-5300By appointment onlyMust call prior to distribution
Family Assistance Ministries1030 Calle Negocio San Clemente, CA 92673No (949) 492-8477Monday - Friday 10:00am - 3:00pmMust call prior to distribution. Serving select areas
Whitten Community Center900 S. Melrose St.
Placentia, CA 92807
Yes(714) 399-4571 ext. 24th Thursday of each month, 11: 00am (gates open @ 10:30am)Pre-registration needed (please call if 1st time registering)

The California WIC App will be unavailable during required maintenance on the days and times listed below. Grocery shopping will NOT be affected. To check your current WIC benefits during those times, please call 1-844-469-3264.

Maintenance Schedule:

  • Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 8, 2023, from 4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 10, starting at 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 11:30 p.m. through Sunday, October 15, 2023, at 7:00 a.m.

If you are on strike, have been furloughed, or your income has been affected by a strike or a furlough, WIC is here to help you make ends meet. WIC assists families by providing healthy foods each month for each person who qualifies for the program. You may qualify for WIC benefits if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding a baby under the age of one
  • Care for a child under the age of five
  • Had a baby within the last six months
  • Recently experienced a pregnancy
    loss/termination
  • And, you have low income.

WIC applications can be completed in person or by phone. Complete the sign up form and a WIC Counselor will contact you within 72 hours to help you start your application. When you are enrolled, you can immediately buy WIC-approved foods included in your food package using your WIC Card, which be sent by mail or picked up at your local WIC office.

Learn more about WIC eligibility and income guidelines and apply for WIC here if you live in Los Angeles, Orange, or San Bernardino Counties. If you live elsewhere, please visit myfamily.ca.wic.gov to find your local WIC office.

In observance of Labor Day, WIC will be closed on Monday, September 4. We will resume WIC services on Tuesday, September 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy the weekend and be safe!
-PHFE WIC

Breast pumps and resources are available at no cost to eligible breastfeeding parents enrolled in WIC who are returning to work or school.

Not already receiving WIC services? Apply today!

What types of breast pumps does WIC offer?

WIC offers a variety of different brands and pump types. A WIC counselor can assess your needs to find the pump that is best for your situation and teach you how to use your pump. Text 91997 to schedule an appointment.

Medela Harmony (Manual Pump)

The Medela Harmony pump is a lightweight, compact, and portable manual breast pump. For a tutorial on how to use this pump, watch this video or text 91997 for assistance.

Medela Symphony

The Medela Symphony pump is a double-breast pump designed for long-term and frequent use, used to help initiate, build, and maintain an adequate milk supply. For a tutorial on how to use this pump, watch this video or text 91997 for assistance.

Medela Lactina

The Medela Lactina pump is an electric pump designed for long-term and frequent use, used to help initiate, build, and maintain an adequate milk supply. For a tutorial on how to use this pump, watch this video or text 91997 for assistance.

Medela Pump in Style

The Medela Pump in Style pump is an electric double breast pump that is compact, lightweight, and has the technology to stimulate milk production and volume at greater speeds. For a tutorial on how to use this pump, watch this video or text 91997 for assistance.

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Providing breast milk is one of the best things you can do for your baby’s health and development. Pumping your milk is one way to provide breast milk to your baby. However, germs can grow quickly in breast milk or breast milk residue that remains on pump parts. Following these steps can keep your breast pump clean and help protect your baby from these germs. If your baby was born prematurely or has other health concerns, your baby’s healthcare providers may have more recommendations for pumping breast milk safely.

  1. Wash hands. Wash your hands well with soap and water for 20 seconds.

  2. Assemble. Assemble clean pump kit. Inspect whether the pump kit or tubing has become moldy or soiled during storage. If your tubing is moldy, discard and replace immediately.

  3. Clean if using a shared pump. Clean pump dials, power switch, and countertop with disinfectant wipe.
  1. Store milk safely. Cap milk collection bottle or seal milk collection bag, label with date and time, and immediately place in a refrigerator, freezer, or cooler bag with ice packs.
    • If milk collection container will be stored at a hospital or childcare facility, add name to the label

  2. Clean pumping area. Especially if using a shared pump, clean the dials, power switch, and countertop with disinfectant wipes.

  3. Take apart and inspect pump kit. Take apart breast pump tubing and separate all parts that come in contact with breast/breast milk (for example, flanges, valves, membranes, connectors, and milk collection bottles).

  4. Rinse pump kit. Rinse breast pump parts that come into contact with breast/breast milk under running water to remove remaining milk

  5. Clean pump kit. As soon as possible after pumping, clean pump parts that come into contact with breast/breast milk in one of the following ways.

    • Clean by hand
      1. Use a wash basin. Place pump parts in a clean wash basin used only for washing infant feeding equipment. Do not place pump parts directly in the sink, because germs in sinks or drains could contaminate the pump.

      2. Add soap and water. Fill wash basin with hot water and add soap.

      3. Scrub. Scrub items according to pump kit manufacturer’s guidance. If using a brush, use a clean one that is used only to clean infant feeding items.

      4. Rinse. Rinse by holding items under running water, or by submerging in fresh water in a separate basin that is used only for cleaning infant feeding items.

      5. Dry. Allow to air-dry thoroughly. Place pump parts, wash basin, and bottle brush on a clean, unused dish towel or paper towel in an area protected from dirt and dust. Do not use a dish towel to rub or pat items dry because doing so may transfer germs to the items.

    • Clean in a dishwasher (if recommended by pump kit manufacturer)
      1. Wash. Place disassembled pump parts in dishwasher. Be sure to place small items into a closed-top basket or mesh laundry bag so they don’t end up in the dishwasher filter. If possible, run the dishwasher using hot water and a heated drying cycle (or sanitizing setting); this can help kill more germs.

      2. Remove from dishwasher. Wash your hands with soap and water before removing and storing cleaned items. If items are not completely dry, place items on a clean, unused dish towel or paper towel to air-dry thoroughly before storing. Do not use a dish towel to rub or pat items dry because doing so may transfer germs to the items.

  6. Clean wash basin and bottle brush. If you use a wash basin or bottle brush when cleaning your pump parts, rinse them well and allow them to air-dry after each use. Consider washing them every few days, either in a dishwasher with hot water and a heated drying cycle, if they are dishwasher-safe, or by hand with soap and warm water.

For extra germ removal, sanitize pump parts at least once daily. Sanitizing is especially important if your baby is less than 2 months old, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system due to illness or medical treatment (such as chemotherapy for cancer). Daily sanitizing of pump parts may not be necessary for older, healthy babies, if the parts are cleaned carefully after each use. Sanitize all items (even the bottle brush and wash basin!) by using one of the following options.

Note: If you use a dishwasher with hot water and a heating drying cycle (or sanitizing setting) to clean infant feeding items, a separate sanitizing step is not necessary.

  1. Clean first. Pump parts, bottle brushes, and wash basins should be sanitized only after they have been cleaned.

  2. Sanitize. Sanitize the pump kit, bottle brushes, and wash basins using one of the following options. Check manufacturer’s instructions about whether items may be steamed or boiled.

    1. Steam:
      • Use a microwave or plug-in steam system according to the manufacturer’s directions.

    2. Boil:
      • Place disassembled items that are safe to boil into a pot and cover with water.
      • Put the pot over heat and bring to a boil.
      • Boil for 5 minutes.
      • Remove items with clean tongs.

  3. Allow to air-dry thoroughly. Place sanitized pump parts, wash basin, and bottle brush on a clean, unused dish towel or paper towel in an area protected from dirt and dust. Do not use a dish towel to rub or pat items dry because doing so may transfer germs to the items.

Allow the clean pump parts, bottle brushes, and wash basins to air-dry thoroughly before storing to help prevent germs and mold from growing. Once completely dry, the items should be stored in a clean, protected area to prevent contamination during storage.

  • Wash hands. Wash hands well with soap and water.

  • Reassemble. Put together the clean, dry pump parts.

  • Store safely. Place reassembled pump kit in a clean, protected area such as inside an unused, sealable food storage bag. Store wash basins and bottle brushes in a clean area.
  • When used correctly, breast pump tubing does not touch the pumped milk and does not need to be cleaned routinely.

  • Keep a spare set of tubing on hand in case the set you are using gets soiled or damaged.

  • If your tubing has water droplets in it at the end of a pumping session, disconnect the tubing from the flange/pump kit, but leave it attached to the pump. Run the pump for a few more minutes until the tubing is dry.

  • If your tubing has milk or mold in it, throw it away immediately because it is difficult to clean properly. Replace it with a new set of tubing, and check to see if the problem happened because
    • The valves or membranes need to be replaced.
    • The tubing was attached to the pump incorrectly.

  • If the outside of your tubing is soiled, wipe it with a damp cloth or disinfectant wipe.

Content Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

All parents with young children should have access to skilled breastfeeding and chestfeeding counseling and support from their health facilities, workplaces, and communities.

WIC is committed to being part of parents’ support systems by providing free phone, online, virtual, and in-person services.

Every year, August 1-7, we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. This year, the theme “Enabling breastfeeding: making a difference for working parents” reaffirms WIC’s important role in parents’ support and breastfeeding education.

PHFE WIC Hosts its 2nd Annual Breastfeeding Celebration

Celebrating Families

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
750 S Santa Anita Ave,
South El Monte, CA 91733

August 22, 2023
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Facebook Live “Breastfeeding Q&A with an LC!”

Get answers to all your breastfeeding and chestfeeding questions! Join WIC’s Facebook live event. Everyone is welcome.

¡Obtenga respuestas a todas sus preguntas sobre lactancia!

miércoles, 16 de agosto del 2023, de 11:00 a. m. a 12:00 p. m. PDT

Haga clic en el botón 'Unirse ahora' a continuación el día y la hora del evento para conectarse. ¡Te veo allí!

获取所有母乳喂养问题的答案!

2023 年 8 月 16 日星期三下午 1 点至 2 点(太平洋夏令时)

单击活动日期和时间下方的“立即加入”按钮进行连接。到时候那里见!

Get answers to all your breastfeeding questions!

Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 11:00am-12 pm PDT

Click the 'Join now' button below on the day and time of the event to connect. See you there!

Nhận câu trả lời cho tất cả các câu hỏi cho con bú của bạn!

Thứ Năm, ngày 17 tháng 8 năm 2023 từ 1 giờ chiều đến 2 giờ chiều PDT

Nhấp vào nút 'Tham gia ngay' bên dưới vào ngày và giờ của sự kiện để kết nối. Hẹn gặp bạn ở đó!

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Groups

WIC sẵn sàng hỗ trợ bạn và mục tiêu nuôi con bằng sữa mẹ của bạn. WIC mời các phụ nữ đang mang thai và các gia đình đang cho con bú sữa mẹ tham gia nhóm hỗ trợ nuôi con bằng sữa mẹ trên Zoom để kết nối và học hỏi với các bậc cha mẹ khác.

Nhấp vào nút 'Tham gia ngay' vào ngày và giờ của nhóm hỗ trợ để kết nối trên Zoom

 

Ikaw ba ay nagdadalang tao o kapapanganak lamang at nangangailangan ng tulong sa breastfeeding? Maaring lumahok sa breastfeeding support group sa pamamagitan ng Zoom.

 

WIC-ն այստեղ է օժանդակելու ձեզ՝ երեխայի կերակրման ձեր նպատակներին։ Հղի և կրծքով կերակրող ընտանիքները հրավիրվում են Zoom-ի միջով միանալու կրծքով կերակրման աջակցության խմբակին՝ հաղորդակցվելու և սովորելու այլ ծնողների հետ։

Սեղմեք Zoom-ի 'Միացիր հիմա' կոճակը՝ աջակցության խմբակին միանալու օրը և ժամին։ Կտեսնեմ ձեզ այնտեղ!

 

Currently pregnant or just had a baby and looking for breastfeeding support? Join WIC's Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group on Zoom!

Click the 'Join now' button below on the day and time of the support group to connect on Zoom. See you there!

 

WIC está aquí para apoyarla a usted y sus metas para alimentar a su bebé. Familias esperando un bebé o amamantando son invitadas a unirse a los grupos de apoyo a la lactancia en Zoom para conectarse y aprender con otros padres.

Haga clic en el botón '¡Únase ahora!' el día y la hora del grupo de apoyo que quiera para conectarse en Zoom.

 

WIC 在这里为您和您的宝宝提供母乳喂养的支持。我们邀请怀孕和母乳喂养的家庭加入 Zoom 上的母乳喂养支持小组,与其他家长一起讨论和学习关于母乳喂养的要点。

在小组活动当天只需点击'立即加入Join now' 键即可在Zoom上连接。到时候见!

 

Important Dates in the Month of August

This year, the theme “Enabling breastfeeding: Making a difference for working parents” reminds us of WIC’s important role in parents’ support and breastfeeding education.

This year's theme is "From the Stars to a Sustainable Future". We honor and celebrate indigenous breastfeeding and chestfeeding experiences and reclaiming ancestral birthing and parenting practices.

 

This year's theme is "Telling our stories. Elevating our voices". We are committed to supporting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in their breastfeeding and chestfeeding journeys.

This year's theme is "We Outside! Celebrating Connection & Our Communities". Black Breastfeeding Week is the perfect time to learn more about organizations committed to supporting Black people who breastfeed and chestfeed, such as WIC’s sister program, CinnaMoms.

We are committed to supporting Latin/Hispanic communities in their breastfeeding and chestfeeding journeys.

CinnaMoms

In celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week, CinnaMoms will be hosting a Facebook Live Breastfeeding FAQ Session with a Lactation Consultant.

Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Click the ‘Join now’ button below on the day and time of the event to connect. See you there!

WIC Protects Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding

Infant feeding is a journey. WIC is here for parents every step of the way to educate, empower, and encourage parents to reach their goals for feeding their babies. WIC educates parents about breastfeeding and chestfeeding basics, overcoming challenges, returning to work, nursing in public, expressing and storing milk, and more.

Breastfeeding and chestfeeding services available to WIC participants:

Click here for more information about WIC breastfeeding and chestfeeding services.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

The 2023 WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program wrapped up on July 26, 2023 after another successful year! Congress began the program in 1992 with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to WIC families while familiarizing them with farmers markets and supporting the local community. 

PHFE WIC distributed farmers market checks to more than 23,000 families, totaling more than $690,000 worth of fruits and vegetables, this summer!

WIC Families: Shop with your checks before November 30th!

WIC farmers market checks will expire on November 30! Checks can be used to purchase fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and cut edible herbs. They cannot be used to purchase honey, nuts, eggs, meat, flowers, baked goods, dried fruit, plants, or non-food items.

Thank you to all of our community partners for spreading the word, and to farmers market managers, staff, and vendors for their support to help make this a successful season.

  • Adams & Vermont Farmers Market
  • Cerritos Farmers Market
  • Crenshaw Farmers Market
  • East Los Angeles Farmers Market
  • Echo Park Farmers Market
  • Fullerton Farmers Market
  • La Cienega Farmers Market
  • Monterey Park Farmers Market
  • Norwalk Farmers Market
  • Pomona Valley Farmers Market
  • Rosemead Farmers Market
  • Torrance Farmers Market
  • Tustin Farmers Market
  • West Covina Farmers Market

Special thanks to our community partners at Hunger Action LA (HALA), Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA), Model Neighborhood Program (MNP), Eastmont Community Center, Harbor Area Farmers Markets (HAAFM), VenaVer, Community Development Center, the cities of Fullerton, Torrance, and Tustin, and all ceritified farmers markets and managers for supporting healthy eating for our communities.

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program runs for a limited time each year, and the next season starts summer 2024! To make sure you don’t miss out on your free produce, sign up for WIC text messages (send a text with your name and date of birth to 91997) and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

CinnaMoms, a motherhood, breastfeeding, and parenthood brand within the PHFE WIC program, welcomes you to CinnaMoms Crenshaw!

In June 2023, CinnaMoms launched a nontraditional WIC Center using the CinnaMoms model. The CinnaMoms mission is to create a cultural space that promotes empowerment and self-transformation for Black/African American women. We come together to share and advocate for breastfeeding/chestfeeding, parenting, and health for the entire life course.

CinnaMoms Crenshaw serves as the first of its kind; a physical location focused on re-introducing the WIC program to the community by providing a safe space designed by and for Black/African American WIC participants and the community around the Obama Blvd WIC center (Crenshaw Blvd and Obama Blvd).

We renovated 1400 square feet of the WIC center with funding from Heluna Health. The purpose of the space is to provide prenatal and postpartum mothers, birthing people, and their families an environment to rest and nest, access community resources and further connect with WIC and one another.

The values and mission for CinnaMoms Crenshaw are guided by three (3) pillars: Rest, Nest, Connect

  1. Rest: We are guided by Tricia Hersey and her Rest is Resistance Manifesto. CinnaMoms Crenshaw is a space for prenatal wellness support, postpartum self-care, and rest!
  2. Nest: We understand that nesting during pregnancy is an instinct that finds moms-to-be preparing their homes (aka their “nests”) for their baby’s impending arrival. At CinnaMoms Crenshaw we will offer prenatal support in preparation for delivery and the postpartum journey: prenatal yoga, OB appointment support, access to doulas, healthy foods, first foods, and lactation support.
  3. Connect: The foundation of CinnaMoms is connection. At CinnaMoms Crenshaw we will have in person:
    1. Prenatal and postpartum support groups and classes
    2. Wellness classes (yoga, cooking demos)
    3. Culturally relevant lactation support
    4. Access to WIC Registered Dietitians, Lactation Consultants, Peer Counselors, CinnaMoms Team, and outside community resources

CinnaMoms Crenshaw Soft Opening on June 15, 2023 showcased the space via guided tours and guests shared in the excitement of its opportunities.

Those in attendance included representatives from LA City Mayor Karen Bass’ Office, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Community based organizations, Kaiser, LA Care, Heluna Health and PHFE WIC leadership, and from Sacramento the California WIC Association and California Department of Public Health WIC Division. We heard stories from CinnaMoms WIC participants, honored those involved in spearheading and renovating the new space, and shared in a beautiful tribute to the late colleague and WIC pioneer Ms. Sharen Anthony.

Stay tuned for 2023 events coming during Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31!

CinnaMoms Team w/ PHFE WIC Executive Director Kiran Saluja.

#cinnamoms #cinnamomscrenshaw #phfewic

Join L.A. Care and WIC to learn more about their Parenting Session partnership and how to enroll families. Review all of the amazing resources available on the WIC nutrition education platform and the clinical nutrition services offered by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists beyond WIC to your clinic patients.

Join WIC and L.A. Care Health Plan for a live webinar,

“You Know WIC…but do you know WIC PLUS?”

Wednesday, July 26, 2023
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Questions? Email quality@lacare.org

  • Clinicians (i.e.: MDs, PCPs, OBGYNs, NPs, RNs, MAs)
  • Case Managers, Social Workers, Community Health Works
  • Front and back-office staff
 
Kiran Saluja, MPH, RDN
Executive Director
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health
 
Blanca Vargas, MPA, RDN
Senior Manager of Operations
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health
 
Sagrario Nielsen, MS, RDN
Deputy Director of Nutrition Services and Projects
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health
 
Jazmin Garcia, RDN
Training and Project Specialist
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health
 
Yolanda Sesma
Program Support Associate
PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health

In observance of Independence Day, WIC will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. We will resume WIC services on Wednesday, July 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997 and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

We hope that you enjoy the fireworks, festivities, and nutritious foods!

Thank you!
PHFE WIC

In observance of Juneteenth Day (aka Freedom Day), WIC will be closed on Monday, June 19, 2023. We will resume WIC services on Tuesday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997.

Thank you!
-PHFE WIC

Congratulations to Wendy Fung, Breastfeeding Services Manager and Regional Breastfeeding Liaison (RBL) at PHFE WIC, who recently received the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation’s (PAC/LAC) Mitchell Goldstein Dedication to Community Award! Each year, this award is given to a perinatal health community leader who demonstrates exceptional dedication and commitment to improving pregnancy outcomes.

Wendy has worked tirelessly to provide quality care by managing breastfeeding services at PHFE WIC and advocating for Baby Friendly hospitals. Her commitment to providing educational needs for parents and professionals helps improve the breastfeeding support families receive. With maternal and child health services and leadership team partnerships, she continually works on improving breastfeeding rates throughout the community.

Wendy is one of the founding members of the Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force of Los Angeles County formed in 2017. Her passion is to promote positivity with breastfeeding in Asian and Pacific Island communities within Los Angeles County by educating and supporting parents to help minimize breastfeeding obstacles while overcoming stigma and bias.

Congratulations to Wendy for her advocacy towards breastfeeding and thank you for all the support provided to our breastfeeding parents, hospitals, and professionals in our communities!

In observance of Memorial Day, WIC will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2023.  We will resume WIC services on Tuesday, May 30 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997 and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,
PHFE WIC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing a rule to improve how families shop for their WIC foods. Currently, WIC families must shop for their food benefits at a WIC-authorized store, and payments must be made in person. The proposed rule aims to improve the WIC shopping experience by removing barriers to online shopping and modernizing food delivery.

What changes to shopping for WIC foods would we see?

  • WIC participants would be able to shop for their food benefits online.
  • Shopping for WIC foods would no longer be limited to in-person, and families can shop for their food benefits online.
  • Vendors would be allowed to return benefits to a participant's balance and families would have more time to use any returned benefits
  • WIC shoppers would be able to use a different form of payment to pay for additional groceries or online shopping fees.
  • Adding WIC benefits to a card remotely would be a permanent allowance.
  • WIC shoppers would be allowed to make multiple transactions for one delivery.
  • State agencies would be able to ship supplemental foods to a location designated by the WIC participant.
  • Application and agreement periods for vendors would be extended, allowing them to accept WIC for longer periods.

When can families start shopping for their WIC foods online?

Being able to shop for WIC foods online would not happen immediately. The commenting period for USDA’s proposed WIC online shopping rule is open until May 24, 2023. The USDA will review all comments before making a final ruling.

A message to WIC participants & community partners

Comment on USDA’s proposed WIC online ordering and transactions rule to show your support for these changes.

The commenting period is now open through May 24, 2023.

In observance of Cesar Chávez Day, PHFE WIC will be closed on Friday, March 31, 2023. We will resume WIC services on Monday, April 3, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997.

Thank you!
-PHFE WIC

Starting April 1, 2023, the income guidelines for California WIC are changing. As a result, more families will qualify for WIC and can receive healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and more.

To qualify for WIC, families must earn no more than the income limits listed below and be in a category we serve. Families and individuals may be eligible if you:

  • Have a child under the age of five
  • Are pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding a baby under the age of one
  • Had a baby within the last six months
  • Experienced a pregnancy loss/termination within the last six months

Not enrolled in WIC? Apply now! Families who previously did not qualify for WIC are encouraged to reapply again if they are within the new income limits.

Need to renew your WIC account? Text APPT with your preferred date and time to 91997 to schedule an appointment.

The new income limits are effective starting April 1, 2023. Families must make no more than the amount listed below per household size. WIC uses gross income (before taxes) to determine a household's income. Families who already receive Medi-Cal, CalFresh, or CalWORKS may already meet the income guidelines for WIC. Participating in other benefit programs does not affect the amount of WIC benefits you receive, and you may participate in multiple benefit programs at once.

Household Size**
Annual
Monthly
Twice-Monthly
Bi-Weekly
Weekly
1$26,973$2,248$1,124$1,038$519
2$36,482$3,041$1,521$1,404$702
3$45,991$3,833$1,917$1,769$885
4$55,500$4,625$2,313$2,135$1,068
5$65,009$5,418$2,709$2,501$1,251
6$74,518$6,210$3,105$2,867$1,434
7$84,027$7,003$3,502$3,232$1,616
8$93,536$7,795$3,898$3,598$1,799
More than 8Add per additional member
+$9,509+$793+$397+$366+$183
*Income based on 185% Federal Poverty Level, effective April 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024
**The number of expected infants for a pregnant person should be included in household size.

Proof of income must include your full name or the full name of the person supporting the family. Below are examples that may be used for proof of income, but are not limited to these examples. 

Examples:

  • Active Medi-Cal, CalFresh, or CalWORKs
  • Pay stub or statement from the last 30 days
  • Disability pay
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Social Security benefits
  • Income tax form/W2 
  • Alimony
  • Bank account statement (use of savings)
  • Child support
  • Foster care stipend letter
  • Student financial grants/scholarships

If you do not have proof of income, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.

Your household includes related or nonrelated individuals that you live with and share an income, consumption of goods, and or/services. Your household size would include, but not be limited to:

  • Your children
  • Any expected children (if pregnant)
  • A spouse or partner
  • Relatives you claim on your taxes

For foster children, the household size is one.

This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories”. In honor of this theme, we are highlighting Sharen Anthony, a friend, colleague, advocate, and public health champion who recently passed away in February of this year.

Sharen Anthony worked with the Public Health Foundation Enterprises Women, Infants, and Children (PHFE WIC) Program for over 31 years. During her tenure at PHFE WIC, she was a WIC site supervisor, a WIC program senior manager, project coordinator, leader on the PHFE WIC Council on Racial Equity, and a WIC representative to many Los Angeles County health and nutrition programs.

She was not only a support for other organizations but a true cheerleader for everyone.

In the early 90s, Sharen conceptualized the extremely successful WIC Empowers Teens program aimed at combating the huge teen pregnancy problem. She selected, trained, and motivated 40 Teen Facilitators, all WIC staff and many of whom had been teen moms themselves.

She was passionate about prevention and a key trainer who took the Beyond 9 CA State-funded Preconception Health Care training program on the road to nearly every WIC program in the state.

In 2006, Sharen spearheaded and later became coordinator of the Health is Wealth PHFE WIC
Employee Wellness Program for more than 500 employees. She recruited a committee and
continued to magnificently lead the employee wellness promotion activities throughout these
past 17 years.

The PHFEWIC Health is Wealth Program served as a model for the California WIC Association’s (CWA’s) WIC Worksite Wellness Program. Sharen served in an advisory capacity for the California WIC Association (CWA) WIC Worksite Wellness Program and was instrumental in establishing PHFE WIC as one of the pioneering WIC Worksite Wellness Certified Programs.

Sharen had a heart for her community as she shared her expertise through her studies in receiving her Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling (MFCC). She provided internal training and specialized assistance in challenging situations such as child abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness.

In the recent past, Sharen was a liaison with the Los Angeles County (LAC) Nurse Family
Partnership
programs.

She also participated in many local initiatives such as:

  • LAC Department of Public Health Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Project,
  • LAC Healthy Weight for Women of Reproductive Age Learning Collaborative
  • LAC African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Prevention Initiative
  • LAC Perinatal and Early Childhood Home Visitation Consortium
  • Served as a co-chair of the Los Angeles Adolescent Health Collaborative Steering Committee

Sharen participated in numerous workgroups and roundtables focused on teens:

  • InterAgency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect’s (ICAN’s) Task Force on Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents
  • The Community Network Council
  • The Orange County Teen Collaborative Network

Sharen had unique talents to engage, teach and train. She was a certified True Colors trainer and trained all staff including every newly hired PHFE WIC employee on True Colors encouraging strong team dynamics, honoring individual strengths, and building cohesiveness.

Her early interactions with new employees made for the perfect welcome during the onboarding stage. In addition and more recently, Sharen was pursuing a guaranteed basic income pilot to further support African-American and Black pregnant WIC mothers, actively worked on advancing health and racial equity, and boosted employee engagement activities.

Her compassion, kindness, fun-loving spirit, and commitment extended to every individual and part of the WIC Program from WIC families and participants, within PHFE WIC, across many, many California local agency WIC programs, and the California Department of Public Health WIC Division.

She will forever be missed and we here at PHFE WIC and CinnaMoms will continue the hard work and foundation she created.

#womenshistorymonth #phfewic #sharenanthony

If you or your family have been receiving Medi-Cal during the COVID-19 public health emergency, you have stayed enrolled in the program. Starting April 1, 2023, California will start renewing Medi-Cal accounts for eligibility.

Take action today to keep Medi-Cal.

STEP 1: Log into your Medi-Cal account to confirm or update your address, phone number, and email address. If your information is not up-to-date your Medi-Cal coverage may end.


STEP 2: Sign up for Medi-Cal emails and text messages.


STEP 3: Check your mailbox for a yellow envelope about your Medi-Cal eligibility. You will receive a letter in the mail about your renewal status. If you get a renewal form in the mail, submit your information right away by mail, phone, in-person, or online.

  • You have moved within the last two years,
  • Your household size or income has changed, or
  • Your phone number, email, or mailing address has changed.

Your Medi-Cal health care coverage may end if your contact information is not up-to-date.

No, receiving Medi-Cal is not required to get WIC benefits. If you are pregnant or your child is younger than 5 and gets Medi-Cal, you automatically qualify for WIC benefits and it may expedite the enrollment process. However, if you or your child are not receiving Medi-Cal we will check your income to verify your eligibility for WIC.

ALL IN for Health
Find information about health-related resources and services available in California.

BAILA Network
Find benefits such as health care and food assistance programs that you and/or your family qualify for.

Health Consumer Alliance
Get help keeping your Medi-Cal coverage after the COVID-19 emergency ends. 

Depression or anxiety after pregnancy and in the first year postpartum is very common. Changes to your body, less sleep, and worries about caring for your newborn can make you feel a mix of emotions which is normal. One in five women will experience symptoms after pregnancy, and it can happen to anyone.

Help is Here

Call the PSI Helpline: (800) 944-4773
Text “Help” to (800) 944-4773

*The PSI HelpLine does not handle emergencies. People in crisis should call their local emergency number or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Six things everyone should know about perinatal depression

It is, in fact, the number one complication of pregnancy. In the US, 15% to 20% of new moms, or about one million women each year experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and some studies suggest that number may be even higher. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Perinatal depression can affect any woman regardless of age, income, culture or education.

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Mood swings: highs and lows, feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits
  • Panic attacks, nervousness, and anxiety
  • Excessive worry about your baby
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Fearing that you can't take care of your baby
  • Feelings of guilt and inadequacy
  • Difficulty accepting motherhood
  • Irrational thinking; seeing or hearing things that are not there

Some of the ways women describe their feelings include:

  • I want to cry all the time.
  • I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster.
  • I will never feel like myself again.
  • I don’t think my baby likes me.
  • Everything feels like an effort.

Baby blues, a normal adjustment period after birth, usually lasts from 2 to 3 weeks. If you have any of the listed symptoms, they have stayed the same or gotten worse, and you’re 5 to 6 weeks postpartum, then you are no longer experiencing baby blues, and may have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.

You are not a weak or bad person. You have a common, treatable illness. Research shows there are a variety of risk factors that may impact how you are feeling, including your medical history, how your body processes certain hormones, the level of stress you are experiencing, and how much help you have with your baby. What we do know is, this is not your fault.

Recent studies show that your baby’s well-being and development are directly tied to your physical and emotional health. You deserve to be healthy, and your baby needs a healthy mom in order to thrive.  Don’t wait to reach out for HELP. It is available.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when she needs help. NOW is the time to reach out to a caring professional, who is knowledgeable about perinatal depression, and who can help you through this time of crisis.  He or she can understand the pain you are experiencing and guide you on the road to recovery.  

Contact Postpartum Support International, (800) 944-4773 or www.postpartum.net, for referrals and support near you.


LOS ANGELES COUNTY PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE
www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org

For referrals and resources, call 211 or (800) 944-4773 | www.postpartum.net
or contact your healthcare provider


Adapted from Speak Up When You’re Down

By the end of March, millions of Californians will lose the enhanced CalFresh benefits – the CalFresh Cliff. The funds were added during the COVID pandemic to help families buy groceries, and this loss now comes as food prices are quickly rising due to inflation.

Learn how to take action to help families with children under five by immediately connecting them to WIC. The current value of the child WIC food package is approximately $75, and WIC foods are inflation-proof! Attend the webinar and get your questions answered.

Join WIC, Health Net, and L.A. Care Health Plan for a live webinar,
“Hunger will Spike in 2023: Buffer the CalFresh Benefits Cliff with WIC”

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Questions? Email quality@lacare.org

  • Clinicians (i.e.: MDs, PCPs, OBGYNs, NPs, RNs, MAs)
  • Case Managers, Social Workers, Community Health Works/Promotores de Salud
  • Front and back-office staff
Blanca Vargas, MPA, RDN

Senior Manager of Operations, PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health

Jared Call

Senior Advocate, Nourish California

Kiran Saluja, MPH, RDN

Executive Director, PHFE WIC, A Program of Heluna Health

Families may qualify for cash-back tax credits worth hundreds or thousands of dollars from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), and Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) when they file their taxes. Even if you don’t normally file taxes or have low to no income, you may still qualify. Tax credits do not affect your WIC benefits.

What if I need help filing my taxes?

You may be able to get free tax help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is available for low-income households, people with disabilities, and taxpayers who speak limited English.

Which tax credits am I eligible for?

See the basic eligibility requirements for each tax credit below. For federal taxes, no additional form is needed to claim these credits. When filing for state taxes, families will need to fill out the California Earned Income Tax Credit Form 3514.

  • You’re between the ages of 25 and 65
  • You have worked and earned income under $57,414
  • You must have a valid Social Security Number
  • You’re a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year
  • Child must be under the age of 17
  • Qualifying child can be a son, daughter, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or their descendent
  • You’re at least 18 years old or have a qualifying child
  • You make $30,000 or less
  • You have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or a Social Security Number
  • You’re at least 18 years old or have a qualifying child
  • You make $30,000 or less
  • You have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or a Social Security Number
  • You have a child under the age of six
  • FAQs

    The amount you get depends on your household status, income and family size. For federal taxes, no additional form is needed. When filing for state taxes, you must also fill out the California Earned Income Tax Credit Form 3514.

    Californians who file their taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), including undocumented Californians, can qualify for the CalEITC and YCTC. Individuals with ITINs are not eligible for federal tax credits. 

    Even if you are not required to file your taxes, you may still benefit from these tax credits, but you will need to file your taxes.

    No. Claiming tax credits will not affect the income you claim to receive public benefits. Tax credits are not considered public benefits under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services public charge rule.

    By March 2023, millions of California families will experience a sudden decrease in CalFresh (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) benefits – the CalFresh Cliff. The emergency funds were previously added by the federal government in 2020 to help families buy groceries during the pandemic, and those additional funds are ending.

    On average, families could see a decrease of $82 in monthly benefits, and one-person households could see a loss as high as $258 each month. With the rising cost of food, families are not able to shop for as many groceries with the new amounts they will receive.

    CalFresh Families Can Apply for WIC

    CalFresh participants who are pregnant or have a child under five qualify for WIC and should participate in both programs. The WIC program does not affect immigration status, show up on credit reports or background checks, and will not hurt employment opportunities.

    Signing up for WIC is easy! Appointments are available by phone or in-person at a WIC office. Apply online, call (888) 942-2229 or text APPLY to 91997 to get started.

    Shopping for WIC foods is convenient. Families enrolled in WIC can shop for benefits the day they get the WIC card. Benefits are added onto an electronic card each month and viewable through the California WIC App.

    WIC food benefits are reliable. Rising grocery prices do not affect WIC benefits. Even if grocery prices go up, you still get the same amount of healthy foods from WIC each month.

    Find Food Assistance Programs

    Use the resources below to find additional food assistance programs near you. Families enrolled in WIC can apply for other food assistance programs and should not include their participation in WIC as part of their income. For families who do not qualify for WIC, you may be eligible for a different program below. If your income or family size changes, call or text us to reapply!

    211 Food Finder
    Find local groceries, food pantries, food benefit programs, farmers markets, child/youth nutrition, senior food needs, and meals.  

    CalFresh/SNAP
    CalFresh, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides monthly food benefits to low-income individuals and families.

    Comprehensive Housing Information & Referrals for People (CHIRP) Food Bank Guide
    A list of over 120 food banks throughout Los Angeles county.

    Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
    Find various food benefit programs and other ways to access food benefits.

    Food Oasis Los Angeles
    Find food pantries and meal programs in Los Angeles. Search by address or zip code to find free food nearest you.

    Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Finder
    Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distributes food and other essentials to children, seniors, families, and individuals in need. Find your local food pantry.

    USDA Summer Meals for Kids
    Children up to age 18 who receive free or reduced-price meals school meals can get the nutrition they need when schools are closed. Find nearby meal sites during the summer months. 

    211 Orange County
    Find local food banks, meal delivery programs, and food assistance programs in Orange County.

    CalFresh/SNAP
    CalFresh, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides monthly food benefits to low-income individuals and families.

    Orange County Free Food Map
    A list of local soup kitchens, food pantries, free meals, and more. Search by City or Zip Code to find free food nearest you.

    Project Food Box
    Medi-Cal members in Orange County with a qualifying health condition may be eligible for a free grocery box delivery.

    USDA Summer Meals for Kids
    Children up to age 18 who receive free or reduced-price meals school meals can get the nutrition they need when schools are closed. Find nearby meal sites during the summer months. 

    988 provides 24/7 free and confidential support connection if you or someone you know is:

    • having thoughts of suicide.
    • experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis.
    • or any other kind of emotional distress including but not limited to,
      • substance abuse
      • economic worries
      • relationships
      • sexual identity
      • getting over abuse
      • loneliness

    Just call or text 988 or chat www.988lifeline.org, and a trained counselor will listen, support, and share resources if needed. Options for the deaf and hard of hearing are available too!

    You are not alone. There is Hope!

    For additional referrals and resources, visit 211LA.org or 211OC.org

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Jan Fruits Inc. of Vernon, Ca. is recalling all its cases of 200g/7.05oz packages of Enoki Mushrooms (Product of Taiwan) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections for young children or others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of Listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

    The product was distributed throughout retail stores in California and Hawaii. WIC families who purchased Enoki Mushrooms should check for the following description and return the package to the place of purchase.

    • Description: Taiwan Best Quality Enoki Natural Mushroom
    • Size: 200g/7.05oz clear plastic package
    • Manufacturer: Changhua County Mushrooms Production Cooperative
    • “Premium” (printed in green letters) with two QR scan codes
    • UPC: 8 51084 00835 8
    • Lot Code: 3779

    Consumers with questions could visit the FDA website or contact Jans Fruit Inc. at 323-923-2879 Ext. 3, between Monday – Friday from 7:00am – 3:00pm.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to change the WIC food package for the first time in over ten years. Some changes proposed include the following:

    • keep the increased fruit and vegetable benefit,
    • offer more options for whole grains,
    • add seafood to children, pregnant and postpartum packages,
    • and offer more substitutions for all food packages.

    The new changes would also allow families to shop for different sizes for all food categories (except infant formula).

    How could the food package change?

    • The increased fruits and vegetables benefit that families are receiving would be permanent.
    • Families could purchase fresh herbs such as cilantro or parsley with their fruit and vegetable benefit.
    • Participants could choose less juice and more fruits and vegetable benefits.
    • WIC stores would be required to have at least three different forms of vegetables.
    • Seafood would be added to children over two, pregnant, and postpartum food packages.
    • Canned legumes would be an added option.
    • Eggs could be exchanged for legumes, peanut butter, or tofu.
    • Cultural options, including quinoa, wild rice, teff, buckwheat, corn meal, triticale, millet, amaranth, kamut, sorghum, wheat berries, tortillas with folic acid-fortified corn masa flour, whole wheat pita, English muffins, bagels, and naan would be added.
    • The amount whole grains pregnant and postpartum parents receive would increase.
    • Stronger cereal standards that add more whole grains and limit added sugars.
    • Families have more flexibility when shopping for yogurt, tofu, cheese, or milk benefits.
    • Soy based yogurts and cheeses would be allowed.
    • Parents could exchange half or all of their jarred infant fruits and vegetables for more fresh fruits and vegetables benefit.
    • Infant cereal and jarred infant food amounts would be reduced to meet the current dietary guidelines.
    • Formula could be issued in customized amounts to help support breastfeeding parents meet their goals.

    When would changes to the WIC food package happen?

    WIC food package changes would not happen immediately. The commenting period for USDA’s proposed WIC food package changes closed on February 21, 2023. The USDA will review all comments before making a final ruling. We could see changes to the WIC food package as soon as 2024.

    Thank you to our WIC participants, staff, and community partners who submitted a comment in support of the WIC food package changes.

    Reckitt, a producer of nutrition products, has voluntarily recalled two small batches of Enfamil ProSobee Infant Formula due to possible contamination of bacteria. The two batches of ProSobee 12.9 oz. Simply Plant-Based infant formula were manufactured between August 2022 and September 2022 and were distributed through retail stores nationwide.

    WIC families, who have purchased Enfamil ProSobee powder 12.9 oz containers should check the bottom of the can to identify whether the batch number is affected. The following are the batch codes:

    1. Global Batch Code: ZL2HZF
      UPC: 300871214415
      Lot Number: 0670975
      Expiration: 3/1/2024
    2. Global Batch Code: ZL2HZZ
      UPC: 300871214415
      Lot Number: 0670979
      Expiration: 3/1/2024

    Product Images

    Families are asked to dispose formula or return it to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange. WIC families can also contact Reckitt/MJN at 1-800-479-0551 or by email at consumer.relations@rb.com

    Please note that no illnesses have been reported, and no other ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula batches or other Reckitt/MJN products are affected.

    For further questions or concerns, please text us at 91997 to speak with a WIC counselor.

    In observance of Presidents’ Day, PHFE WIC will be CLOSED on Monday, February 20.

    We will resume WIC services on on Tuesday, February 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

    Families can now use their WIC Card at three local farmers markets in LA County! Shop for fresh produce at Culver City Farmers Market, La Cienega Farmers Market, and Echo Park Farmers Market.

    Culver City and La Cienega Farmers Market

    How to use your WIC Card:

    1. Go to the info booth to swipe your WIC card for the amount you want to spend
    2. Get paper scrips for the amount you asked to use
    3. Shop for fruits and vegetables from the vendors – all scrips must be used same day!

    $10 Bonus

    Spend at least $10 of your fruit and vegetable benefit to receive an additional $10 while supplies last.

    Echo Park and Central Avenue Farmers Market

    How to use your WIC Card:

    1. Visit the info booth to find out which vendors accept WIC cards
    2. Spend your benefits with those vendors

    $10 Bonus

    Bring your receipt back to the info booth to get an extra $10 to purchase fresh fruits and veggies while supplies last.

    The WIC card and scrips can be used to shop for fruits and vegetables. They cannot be used to buy other WIC foods such as eggs or bread. Go to the info booth to swipe your WIC card and receive paper scrips you can use to shop at the farmers market. 

    No! For Culver City Farmers Market and La Cienega Farmers Market, all scrips must be spent the same day they are given. Once you swipe your card for the amount you would like to use, it cannot be added back to your WIC card. 

    The WIC Card is currently accepted at Culver City, La Cienega, Echo Park, and Crenshaw Farmers Markets only. You will not be able to shop at a different market in Los Angeles County using your WIC Card. 

    Egg prices are rising, but using your WIC benefits can make grocery shopping easier! There is an egg shortage due to the avian flu and higher costs to produce them. Even though prices are increasing, your WIC benefits stay the same each month. Every WIC participant over the age of one receives one dozen eggs, and fully breastfeeding parents receive two dozen eggs every month.

    Check your WIC food balance regularly, and remember to shop for your foods before the benefits end date!

    Where can I shop for eggs with my WIC benefits?

    Stores that accept WIC will have a WIC logo on the front window. Use the WIC Grocers section in the California WIC App to see which stores near you accept WIC. If eggs are hard to find at large grocery stores, try shopping at smaller WIC-only stores.

    What type of eggs can I buy with my WIC benefits?

    Can Buy

    • Any brand of chicken eggs
    • Dozen-size carton
    • Large, white, cage-free

    Cannot Buy

    • Any other size, type, or color of eggs
    • Powdered or liquid eggs
    • Specialty eggs such as organic, vitamin-enriched, pastured, low cholesterol, or DHA-enriched

    Not enrolled for WIC? Apply now!
    Need to renew your WIC account? Text APPT with your preferred date and time to 91997 to schedule an appointment.

    Congratulations to Kiran Saluja, MPH, RDN, the Executive Director at PHFE WIC who recently received the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER) 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award! CHEER recognizes and honors her lifelong dedication and achievements in breastfeeding advocacy.

    Throughout her career, Kiran has been committed to the health and nutrition of parents, infants, and children. Her passion and advocacy for breastfeeding stemmed from her own personal inability to breastfeed her first daughter when she was misinformed by hospital professionals. Through WIC, she now helps educate, support, and advocate for women who want to breastfeed and have faced similar situations.

    She has served on several committees, including the Board of the National WIC Association (NWA) and even served as Board Chair in 2012. Kiran represented the NWA in 2010 before the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee which resulted in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. She has also supported the USDA WIC Breastfeeding Social Marketing campaign at the Institute of Medicine, now known as the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, in 2011.

    Her most memorable achievements are speaking before Congress, co-founding Breastfeed LA, breastfeeding her own children, and supporting her own daughters with exclusive breastfeeding. Kiran enjoys spending her time with her husband of 42 years, three daughters, and two sets of twin grandchildren. She also enjoys time with friends, walking, cooking, and listening to audiobooks.

    Congratulations to Kiran for all the advocacy towards breastfeeding and sharing her vision!

    “Breastfeeding should be the default for all moms and especially WIC moms. The education and support necessary to make this happen must be prioritized while at the same time the facts about the mediocrity of formula should be well understood. I am proud of the strides made by the WIC program and know that we have a LOT MORE work ahead of us.” – Kiran Saluja

    Join CHEER for a virtual celebration in March 2023! The official date will be announced soon.

    If you’re experiencing a power outage, some refrigerated or frozen foods may still be safe to eat. Keep your food safe to prevent foodborne illness. The health risk is higher for pregnant people and young children.

    How do I keep food safe during a power outage?

    • Keep appliance thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer and keep the doors closed.
    • Most refrigerated foods will stay cold for about four hours.
    • A full freezer will keep most food frozen for two days, and a half-full freezer will keep them frozen for one day.

    How should I store breastmilk or formula?

    • Pumped breastmilk can be refrigerated for up to four days or stored at room temperature for four hours.
    • Infant formula can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours and should be used within two hours of taking it out of the refrigerator.

    When is my food safe to eat?

    Use appliance thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer to know that your food is safe to eat. Your food is safe if:

    • Your refrigerator temperature is at or below forty degrees Fahrenheit
    • Your freezer temperature is at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit

    When should I throw out my food?

    Never taste food to decide if it is safe to eat. When in doubt, throw it out! Throw food out when:

    • The temperature inside your refrigerator is above forty degrees Fahrenheit for four hours or more.
    • Perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or leftovers has been inside the refrigerator for four hours without power.
    • Food has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

    In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, PHFE WIC will be CLOSED on Monday, January 16, 2023.

    We will resume WIC services on on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

    WIC families receive a cash value (CVB) for fruits and vegetables as part of their WIC food package each month. Since June 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved an increase to the amount families receive for pregnant and postpartum parents and children over the age of one – the “WIC Bump.”

    Average number of different fruit and vegetable types redeemed by CVB amount

    A recent study by PHFE WIC’s Research Team showed that the CVB increase resulted in a larger variety and amount of fruits and vegetables redeemed. The current increased fruits and vegetables benefit is approved through September 2023.

    Families can shop for fresh, dried, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables in any brand, type, or combination, including organic with their WIC benefits.

    Read the full data brief on the study completed by PHFE WIC’s Research Team here.

    California Department of Public Health sent a text message to WIC families saying, “CA WIC: due to the bad weather we are having, your WIC benefits may be affected in some areas. Call your WIC office or 1-800-852-5779 for questions.”

    Benefits may already be available on your WIC card. Check the food balance screen of the CA WIC app, for questions text 91997.

    Appointments are available by phone. Contact your local office or text us at 91997 to schedule an appointment.  

    In observance of Veterans Day, WIC will be closed on Friday, November 11. We will resume WIC services on Monday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    We are proud to support our Veteran families and staff, and we thank you for your service.

    For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

    -PHFE WIC

    WIC is here for parents through every step of their infant feeding journey to educate, empower, and encourage parents to reach their feeding goals.

    What is Chestfeeding?

    Chestfeeding is when a child is fed human milk from a parent’s chest. It is a term used by many transgender and nonbinary parents who may not identify with the words breastfeeding or nursing. People who identify as female may also prefer the term chestfeeding.

    What is the difference between Chestfeeding and Breastfeeding?

    Physically, chestfeeding and breastfeeding are exactly the same. Lactating parents can choose the term they are most comfortable with.

    How does WIC support people who chestfeed?

    • Chestfeeding parents qualify for WIC for up to one year after giving birth.
    • WIC educates, empowers, and encourages parents to reach their feeding goals.
    • Parents are asked how they identify their gender during enrollment.
    • Support groups are available for parents to connect with each other and share their experiences.
    • Certified Lactation Educators and Lactation Consultants are available to answer feeding questions.
    • Electric and manual pumps are provided to those who qualify and need help to reach their feeding goals.

    WIC is committed to being part of parents’ support systems by providing free phone, video, and in-person services. Contact your local WIC office or text us at 91997.

    The 2022 WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program wrapped up on August 13 after another successful year! Congress began the program in 1992 with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to WIC families while familiarizing them with farmers markets and supporting the local community. 

    PHFE WIC distributed farmers market checks to more than 19,000 families, totaling more than $590,000 worth of fruits and vegetables, this summer!

    Thank you to all of our community partners for spreading the word, and to farmers market managers, staff, and vendors for their support to help make this a successful season.
    • Adams & Vermont Farmers Market
    • Cerritos Farmers Market
    • Crenshaw Farmers Market
    • East Hollywood Farmers Market
    • East Los Angeles Farmers Market
    • Echo Park Farmers Market
    • Fullerton Farmers Market
    • La Cienega Farmers Market
    • Monterey Park Farmers Market
    • Pomona Valley Farmers Market
    • Rosemead Farmers Market
    • Tustin Farmers Market
    • West Covina Farmers Market
    • Wilmington Farmers Market

    The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program runs for a limited time each year, and next season starts summer 2023! To make sure you don’t miss out on your free produce, sign up for WIC text messages (send a text with your name and date of birth to 91997) and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

    The new Child Tax Credit and other benefits are bigger than ever.

    File your taxes for FREE on or before November 15 and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and the California Earned Income Tax Credit to get more money for groceries, gas, childcare, and more.

    More people than ever before qualify for significant new tax benefits this year through the American Rescue Plan. You may qualify for an income boost of up to $6,600 if you are raising children in your home. This money is not a loan.  People ages 19-24 and 65 and older who work are newly eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit even if they don’t have kids or don’t usually file taxes. The Child Tax Credit payments do not impact CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, or WIC benefits.

    A child born or added to your family, such as adoption, in 2021 could qualify for the full amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit. Visit ChildTaxCredit.gov

    There’s still time! File your taxes to claim your credit, even if you do not normally file taxes. If you received Advance Child Tax Credit payments in 2021, you need to file taxes this year to receive the second half of your money. If you have not received any Child Tax Credit payments, you can file simplified taxes now to get the whole credit. Don’t miss out! Visit GetYourRefund.org to find out more about how to get this tax credit. 

    Need help? Call the National Tax Help Hotline at 1-877-907-0937 Monday-Friday, 6 am to 2 pm PST.

    Free Tax prep Los Angeles VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
    The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program can help you file your taxes for free! Click here for VITA locations in Los Angeles county.

    Immigrants can now access WIC, health care, food and housing support, and many more public benefits without fear of immigration consequences.

    View California’s updated Public Charge Guide, available in the following languages:

    Please help spread the word that the following programs are safe to use and do not affect immigration status for people currently in the US:

    • School Breakfast & Lunch Programs
    • Head Start
    • CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
    • WIC
    • Medi-Cal (For children under 21 years old, pregnant women, and for 60 days postpartum)

    Please call (888) 942-2229 if you have questions about WIC.


    “To the communities affected by this final rule, let me be clear: WIC’s clinic doors remain open. The final rule does not impose barriers on families for accessing WIC, or women from accessing Medicaid when they are pregnant or for 60 days after delivery. The final rule does not penalize families if their U.S.-citizen child is accessing benefits. We stand at your side, forever committed to our mission of delivering quality nutrition services and breastfeeding support for all families.”

    Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), in response to the public charge ruling on August 12, 2019.

    In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, WIC will be closed on Monday, October 10. We will resume WIC services on Tuesday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

    Thank you!
    -PHFE WIC

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA approved an increase to the Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for purchase of fruits and vegetables for WIC participants. A recent study by the PHFE WIC Research Team finds that participants were highly satisfied and reported increased purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables.

    With the CVB increase, participants reported improved quality and variety of fruits and vegetables purchased.

    I thought (the CVB increase) was amazing, because we eat more FV since there’s
    been an increase. (Before the increase) we were eating more processed food and I
    do not think that my daughter was getting adequate nutrition from eating those
    types of foods and she’s a picky eater too. So now that I am cooking vegetables
    with every dinner and we’re snacking on FV throughout the day
    .

    -WIC Participant

    It (CVB increase) was super good because we managed to buy more variety of FV
    and are able to make a salad or make other FV for the children
    .

    -WIC Participant

    This increase is temporary and currently set to end September 30, 2022. These findings support maintaining the increased CVB in the WIC food package permanently.

    Read the full study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health here.

    A new study by the PHFE WIC Research Team suggests that lactose-reduced infant formulas could have a correlation with a higher risk for childhood obesity. Infants who were given lactose-reduced formulas had a 10% higher risk for obesity at age 2 than infants who drank lactose-based formulas.

    Lactose-reduced formulas remove the lactose carbohydrate from cows’ milk and replace it with corn syrup solids. These formulas quickly raise blood sugar and may cause rapid weight gain.

    Are Babies Lactose Intolerant?

    Marketers encourage parents with babies who cry more frequently than others to buy lactose-reduced formula by using words like “sensitive” or “gentle”. Most full-term babies are born with lactase enzymes that help them digest the lactose found in breast milk and formula. Only a small percentage of babies are lactose intolerant, usually preterm infants who did not develop the enzyme. Lactose intolerance usually develops from ages 3 to 5.

    Should I stop giving my baby lactose-reduced formula?

    Not at all! If you’re currently giving your baby lactose-free or lactose-reduced formula and baby is doing well, continue to offer what works best for your baby. If you’re noticing that your baby is fussy and want to change formulas, speak to your medical provider before making the switch. There are several reasons why baby may be fussy such as overstimulation, growing pains, or being tired. Learning how to understand your baby’s behavior will help you identify what your baby might need.

    Read the full study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition here.

    Longer WIC Participation is Associated with Higher Quality Diet at 5 years of Age

    A recent study by PHFE WIC’s research team and colleagues at UC Oakland found that longer WIC participation is associated with lower household food insecurity and higher diet quality.

    This study compared children who participated in the WIC program for 1 to 4 years. They assessed diet quality, household food insecurity, and obesity at the end of WIC eligibility at 60 months.

    The results showed that children who participated in the WIC program for the entire five years had a 31% lower chance of food insecurity than those who participated for shorter periods. In addition, children who participated for the full five years were also associated with higher overall diet quality.

    These findings suggest that the WIC program promotes healthier lifelong habits and provides food stability to low-income families.

    Read the full study published in The Journal of Nutrition.

    September 8 is International Literacy Day.

    The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established this day back in 1966. This year’s theme is Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces.

    Since July 2021, PHFE WIC has provided over 42,000 total books to 21,600 kids through the Little by Little program (funded by First 5 LA and Books for Kids – California State Grant).

    Little by Little is a school readiness program that was first launched at PHFE WIC in 2003 for children enrolled in WIC. These services are currently offered to families in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange County at our Washington, Indian Hill, Placentia, Chino, and Santa Ana East WIC Offices.

    The programs provide parents:

    • Informational materials for each developmental milestone
    • Books to engage with their child
    • Continued support to be their child’s first teacher

    Learn more about Little by Little and the information families receive for each milestone.

    A new study conducted by Heluna Health’s PHFE WIC research and evaluation team and colleagues at UC Davis and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Nutrition Policy Institute suggests that a hybrid service model, which includes remote and in-person services, makes it easier for families to participate in the WIC program.

    In March 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted federal waivers to states through the US Families First Coronavirus Response Act, providing WIC agencies with various remote service options. Service changes extended certification periods for children, allowed for remote certification, recertification, and food benefit issuance, and approved alternative WIC food package items. Additionally, WIC staff were able to provide virtual nutrition education and breastfeeding support.

    Many participants expressed their satisfaction with remote services and said that remote enrollment was easier than in-person enrollment.

    I actually found it (WIC appointments) much…easier (than in the past) because I didn’t have to go into the office…especially if you can’t find a babysitter. So I found it more convenient for me, because I have such a busy schedule because of school. It works perfectly for me.

    –WIC Participant

    Several WIC agency directors agreed that all waivers and changes should continue after the pandemic.

    Research findings show that a hybrid service model will draw and retain more families, and allowing for on-site and remote services proves as an efficient alternative for WIC participants and employees.

    This research study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Access the research article via Science Direct here: California WIC Participants’ and Local Agency Directors’ Experiences during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: A Qualitative Examination – ScienceDirect

    Learn more about WIC services, and access WIC’s resources for providers.

    This August in honor of Breastfeeding Month, ten PHFE WIC staff members were honored for their dedication to providing outstanding breastfeeding education and support to WIC parents. During a virtual ceremony, each award recipient shared their thoughts on the importance of breastfeeding and the ways they personally helped parents overcome challenges and achieve their breastfeeding goals. Learn how these Breastfeeding Award recipients provide a nurturing environment for mothers.


    Lactation Consultant Awardee

    Jessica V. Estrada, IBCLC

    Jessica believes in the importance of support and empathy when aiding mothers during their breastfeeding journeys.


    Peer Counselor Awardee

    Crystal Rodriguez

    Crystal steps up for breastfeeding by engaging with mothers on a personal level and being available to support them whenever needed.


    WIC Center Supervisor Awardees

    Alaina Coffey, MS, RDN

    Alaina and her team aim to address the reasons why mothers quit breastfeeding. Resources such as support circles, peer counseling, lactation consultants, and CinnaMoms support circles are used to help mothers make an informed choice on infant feeding.

    Connie Yin, RD, IBCLC

    Connie believes all families should have an equal opportunity to learn about and make an informed decision on breastfeeding. She and other staff members offer mothers hands-on support to help them succeed.

    Cristian Mercado, RDN

    Cristian emphasizes the importance of breastfeeding and early education during the first and second trimesters and shares resources offered by WIC.

    Kimberly Martinez, MS, RDN

    Kimberly and her team provide breastfeeding support to prenatal women by focusing on early guidance. Staff members support parents by listening to their concerns and creating a success plan that will guide them along their journeys.


    WIC Center Staff Awardees

    Ivette Perez, CLE

    As a WIC employee of nearly 32 years, Ivette steps up for breastfeeding by using her own experiences to assist families. She breastfed her own child for three years and currently provides breastfeeding support for her daughter, who has a
    1-year-old son.

    Angelina Lopez

    Angelina has been with WIC for 13 years. She helps mothers reach their breastfeeding goals by creating a safe space and being available to discuss their experiences and concerns.

    Isabel Gutierrez

    Isabel has worked as a health counselor at WIC for 38 years and has aided breastfeeding mothers for 20 years. She puts herself in their shoes when mothers share their challenges, provides an environment free of judgment, and helps them come up with breastfeeding solutions specific to their circumstances.

    Natalie Truong-Nino, BS, CLE

    Natalie draws from her own experiences when providing support to mothers, as she has gone through many challenges during her breastfeeding journey. She attributes her own breastfeeding success to WIC, her colleagues, and her family.


    PHFE WIC Agency Winner

    Ivette Perez, CLE

    Congratulations to this year’s award nominees and winners! The compassion and dedication you show make you an invaluable part of the PHFE WIC team and our community!

    Congratulations to Blanca Vargas, Senior Manager of Operations at PHFE WIC, who recently received the Heluna Health Board of Directors’ Outstanding Achievement Award! This award recognizes individuals, teams, and programs that contribute to a unique, extraordinary, and innovative advancement of Heluna Health’s mission to enhance the health, wellness, and resilience of every community served.

    “Outstanding leadership of the PHFE WIC Outreach Department in uniquely challenging times: by pivoting to virtual outreach and her team’s drive to enroll more than 11,000 eligible families in the last year, her tenacity and humanity in reaching out to Afghan refugees and for her legislative outreach efforts.”

    – Heluna Health Board of Directors

    Over the past six months, Blanca and the PHFE WIC Outreach team worked diligently to enroll Afghan refugee families into the WIC program. These refugees faced many issues, including having no permanent address, lack of transportation, and language barriers. Families were placed at extended stay hotels until permanent accommodations became available. The PHFE WIC Outreach team was able to overcome language barriers with the assistance of caseworkers from refugee organizations who were fluent in Pashto and Dari. Suzanne Kalmbach, Client Services Area Manager, hand-delivered WIC cards directly to families. Outreach staff traveled to where families were staying, and with the support of a translator, signed up 65 refugee families for WIC benefits. Many families traveled as long as three hours to shop for groceries and faced an unfamiliar environment. David Barajas, Outreach Specialist at PHFE WIC, facilitated a live shopping experience to assist them in navigating the grocery store and using their benefits to purchase food.

    Special thanks to the PHFE WIC Outreach staff, David Barajas, Emily Mac, Sara Jimenez, Nancy Ballardo, Rosalba Marroquin, Bridgette Kinard, Daisy Moreno, and Grace Huang, for their compassion and perseverance in connecting families to vital resources.

    PHFE WIC Outreach Team

    August is National Breastfeeding Month! Join WIC, Health Net, and L.A. Care Health Plan for a live webinar, “WIC: All Your Questions Answered: From Breastfeeding to Formula Updates to Making Referrals!”  on Wednesday August 24, from 12 pm to 1 pm.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Clinicians (i.e.: MDs, PCPs, OBGYNs, NPs, RNs, MAs)
    • Case Managers
    • Front and back-office staff

    Questions? Email quality@lacare.org

    Speakers

    Referring to WIC

    Blanca Vargas, MPA, RDN
    Senior Manager of Operations at PHFE WIC

    Breastfeeding Services

    Cindy Clapp, MS, RDN, IBCLC
    Deputy Director of Breastfeeding Services at PHFE WIC

    Formula Transition and Formula Shortage

    Sagrario Nielsen, MS, RDN
    Deputy Director of Nutrition Services and Projects at PHFE WIC

    Attention WIC and CalFresh participants!

    Your safety is our priority. WIC staff will not go to your home and ask for your information. Please protect yourself from WIC Card and CalFresh EBT scams.

    Guard your information! WIC staff will only ask for confidential information during WIC appointments. We will never ask for your PIN, or photos of your WIC card or EBT card number. 

    Beware of scammers asking for a picture of your benefits card in exchange for a free phone. WIC is not associated with any free phone services. Learn how you can safely apply for a free or discounted phone with California LifeLine.

    All WIC services are by phone, online, or provided at our offices. WIC staff will not visit your home or ask for your information at any time other than your WIC appointments.

    Keep your PIN safe! Do not share your EBT card PIN with anyone, including store vendors.

    Regularly check your WIC food balance. Text 91997 or call 1-844-4MY-FAMILY to report any missing benefits.

    Text 91997 to report any suspicious WIC-related calls or interactions.

    After 3 long years, the CinnaMoms annual summit returned!

    On June 16th, CinnaMoms hosted our first ever virtual summit. It was filled with inspiring speakers, informative breakout rooms, and incredible moments. We kicked off the summit with a special welcome from our executive director Kiran Saluja, MPH, RDN and danced our way into breakout sessions led by the CinnaMoms team.

    Thank you to the amazing partners from Black Infants and Families Los Angeles, Davion Mauldin and LeHenry Solomon, as well as our very own Ruben Lopez, RDN we were even able to hold space for a fatherhood oriented breakout session. Then, following some fun and games, 10 “SuperCinnaMoms” received recognition from our team and Senator Sydney Kamlager for their dedication to the CinnaMoms community.

    All of the excitement, camaraderie, and support left attendees feeling Strong and Empowered!

    Here are some words that families shared about the summit.

    Click here to see all that we did and learn how you can refer families to CinnaMoms.

    #cinnamoms #phfewic #virtualsummit #africanamericanfamilies #supportfamilies #june2022

    While our staff attend a special event, all PHFE WIC centers will be CLOSED this afternoon beginning at 12noon. We will reopen and resume regularly scheduled WIC services on Monday, August 15, 2022.

    For questions, please text us at 91997, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

    Thank you!
    -PHFE WIC

    Show your support for WIC families by urging Congress to reauthorize and expand services through the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act. This bill aims to improve and widen access to child nutrition programs, such as WIC and the National School Lunch Program, to millions of children across the United States. Read more about the act HERE.

    How would this bill benefit WIC participants? Improvements to WIC programs include:

    • WIC eligibility for children up to six years old or on the day they begin kindergarten
    • WIC eligibility for postpartum women extended to two years
    • Allows for one certification appointment for multiple children
    • Automatic certification of infants born to pregnant participants
    • Expansion of certification period to two years
    • Expansion of breastfeeding and peer counseling services
    • Funds technology for the Peer Counselor program and fruit and vegetable purchases through the Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program (FMNP)
    • …And much more!

    Make your voice heard! Tell Congress to support the #HealthyMealsHealthyKidsAct.

    In observance of Independence Day, WIC will be closed on Monday, July 4. We will resume WIC services on Tuesday, July 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    We hope you have a safe and sparkling celebration spent with friends and family!

    For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997.

    Thank you!
    -PHFE WIC

    You’re invited to the annual CinnaMoms summit happening virtually this year.

    They will have breakout rooms that focus on prenatal, fathers, lactation and postpartum care. From amazing facilitators, raffles, instructor-led dancing and endless amount of knowledge. ⠀

    You don’t want to miss this! 😍

    Click here to RSVP

    For more information about CinnaMoms click here: https://www.cinnamoms.org/

    #cinnamoms #virtualsummit #2022

    In observance of Memorial Day, WIC will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022.  We will resume WIC services on Tuesday, May 31 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997.

    Thank you!
    -PHFE WIC

    Some WIC families are reporting problems shopping with their WIC cards. These problems are related to card errors at a store checkout and zero food balances in the CA WIC App.

    If your WIC card is working, continue to shop for your WIC foods as you normally would.

    If you have recently experienced difficulties shopping for your WIC benefits, we are sorry for the inconvenience.

    What Should I Do If I See a ‘Card Error’ Message?

    Call Shopper Support, Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM, at 1-800-852-5770 to make a report as soon as possible. You will need the following information to make a report:

    • Your WIC card number
    • The store location
    • Approximate day and time of store visit
    • Details of what happened

    Why Is My Food Balance Zero? I had benefits yesterday.

    If you are within your current benefit period, and you had benefits earlier this month but your food balance is now zero and you did not go shopping, this is an error in the system. Please text 91997 for assistance.

    new study by Heluna Health’s PHFE WIC research and evaluation team and colleagues at the Center for Health Research, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo published in Pediatric Obesity found that promotion of responsive bottle-feeding is an effective way to support WIC parents and reduce the risk of overfeeding and excess weight gain.

    Many parents think that crying is always a sign of hunger, and are quick to use feeding to soothing a fussy baby. For this reason, fussier babies tend to be at a higher risk for over-feeding. Parents enrolled in the WIC program receive education that helps prevent this. During pregnancy, WIC participants learn about baby behavior, sleeping patterns, hunger and fullness cues, non-hunger cues, and soothing techniques so they can recognize the difference between signs of over-stimulation, tiredness, and hunger once their baby is born. WIC also teaches parents to feed their babies when they show the earliest signs of hunger, and be responsive to signs of satiation or fullness. This empowers parents to be responsive to their baby’s needs and reduces the risk of over-feeding.

    Access the research article via Wiley Online Library here: Strategies to promote responsive bottle-feeding in WIC predict less frequent use of food to soothe and healthier weight status for infants with negative temperaments.

    Learn more about WIC services, and access WIC’s educational resources for feeding infants and children.

    Update as of March 15, 2022: Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement to extend funding for the WIC benefit bump through September 2022! Read more.

    The “WIC benefit bump” which increased the monthly fruit and vegetables benefit for children by about $15 per month, and adults by $30+ per month, remains in place until March 31, 2022. Congress announced a short-term funding extension in February 2022, pushing the Continuing Resolution deadline to March 11, 2022. WIC fruit and vegetable benefits will revert back to $9-11 per month on April 1, unless Congress acts quickly to pass an omnibus.

    The “WIC benefit bump” which increased the monthly fruit and vegetables benefit for children by about $15 per month, and adults by $30+ per month, remains in place until March 31, 2022. Congress announced a short-term funding extension in February 2022, pushing the Continuing Resolution deadline to March 11, 2022. WIC fruit and vegetable benefits will revert back to $9-11 per month on April 1, unless Congress acts quickly to pass an omnibus.

    Your voice makes a difference to ensure that the WIC benefit bump is extended through September 2022 and beyond. Tell Congress to #ExtendTheWICBump for the millions of families that depend on WIC before the March 11 deadline.

    Tell Congress to

    #ExtendtheWICBump

    PHFE WIC’s Obama WIC office in Los Angeles hosted Brian Dittmeier, Senior Director of Public Policy at the National WIC Association, and local anti-hunger advocates on February 24 to call attention to the urgent need for the extension of the WIC benefit bump. Speakers and supporters were in attendance from Hunger Action Los Angeles-HALA, Black Infant Health, The Los Angeles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Initiative, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEELA), local grocers, farmers markets.

    Anti-hunger advocates from WIC, HALA, Black Infant Health, SEELA, AAIMM, and local grocers and farmers markets say “Extend the Bump!”

    “When the American Rescue Plan Act was introduced, WIC got a dramatic boost in its cash value benefit. Overnight, [WIC] families realized the amazing array of fruits and vegetables they could now afford to buy” said Kiran Saluja, Executive Director of PHFE WIC, a program of Heluna Health. The increased benefit led to an immediate increase in the purchasing and consumption of vegetables and fruit by WIC participants. Research from the National WIC Association and the National Policy Institute showed that children’s daily fruit and vegetable consumption immediately increased by 1/4 cup when their families received the increased WIC benefit amount. Additionally, 14% of WIC participants surveyed said they would be unlikely to continue participating in WIC if the food benefit levels were to decrease.

    We have not kept pace with inflation. If we had, the WIC benefit would be about $100 per month.

    – Brian Dittmeier, National WIC Association

    93% of WIC participants surveyed said that $9 per month is insufficient.

    With food costs rising in 2022, the purchasing power of $9 is shrinking.

    #ExtendtheBump Press Conference Highlights

    WIC Participant Testimonials

    The increase to WIC benefits have impacted millions of families lives nationwide. Share your story on social media using the Hashtag #ExtendtheWICBump!

    The State of WIC 2022 report summarizes WIC’s positive public health contributions across the nation in the past year and provides the framework to build upon the program’s longstanding success.

    Report highlights

    • WIC services and foods have supported positive birth outcomes and child development that have resulted in millions of health care cost savings.
    • WIC adapted in 2021 to address the increased health needs of the nation by reducing barriers to WIC services with innovative solutions.
    • WIC aims to accelerate ongoing modernization efforts to provide accessible shopping experiences to WIC families.
    • Increased fruit and vegetable benefits improved 4.7 million WIC participants’ access to nutritious produce, provided an estimated economic contribution of $2.62 to $2.81 billion, and supported upwards of 25,000 food supply chain jobs.

    WIC’s noteworthy accomplishments stretch far beyond WIC families to the community at large. Read the full State of WIC 2022 report to learn more about how WIC will continue to help build a healthier nation.

    Learn more about WIC’s impact:

    The FDA is advising consumers not to use Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, or EleCare infant formulas due to possible Cronobacter contamination. The first symptom of Cronobacter infection in infants is usually a fever, accompanied by poor feeding, crying, or very low energy. If you have any concerns about your infant’s health, contact the infant’s health care provider immediately.

    Products included in this recall have a lot number, located on the bottom of the container, which includes the following:

    • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
    • the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and
    • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

    Use Abbott’s web-based tool to check a product’s lot number to determine if the product is part of the recall.

    Only one lot of Similac PM 60/40 is included in this recall.

    • Lot # 27032k80 (can)
    • Lot # 27032K800 (case)

    If you purchased recalled formula, do not use the formula and do not throw it away. Contact the store where the purchase was made to return the recalled formula or exchange the formula for a similar type.

    If you received a recalled formula through the WIC state order process, visit similacrecall.com or call 1-800-986-8540 for a replacement.

    Additional Information for Parents and Caregivers:

    • More information on Cronobacter and infant formula is available on CDC’s website and similacrecall.com.
    • Contact your doctor immediately if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms.
    • Never dilute infant formula.
    • Never make or feed homemade infant formula to infants.

    PHFE WIC’s winter 2021 customer service survey asked the simple question, “How was your WIC appointment?” In response, thousands of WIC participants replied with heartwarming feedback, testimonials, and words of appreciation. 98% of survey respondents gave the top “great!” rating for their appointment.

    Here’s what our participants said about their last appointment:

    To all our participants:

    Your feedback and experiences matter to us as we continue to strive to improve our services. It is our pleasure to walk alongside you through your pregnancies, watch your children grow, and cheer you on through this precious time of life.

    Thank you for growing healthy with WIC! We can’t wait to talk to you again at your next WIC appointment.

    Warm regards from all of us at PHFE WIC!

    PS: We love to hear from you! If you’d like to share feedback about your WIC experience, leave a Yelp or Google review for your local WIC office, or contact us directly!

    WIC Pump Closet, a partnership between PHFE WIC and Emanate Hospital, provides free electric breast pump loans to WIC participants.

    Naira Gavurmadzhyan, RDN, IBCLC, and Wendy Fung, RDN, IBCLC with the Emanate health team
    Emanate Hospital Breast Pump Closet, West Covina

    PHFE WIC Regional Breastfeeding Liaisons, Wendy Fung, MS, RDN, IBCLC and Naira Gavurmadzhyan, RDN, IBCLC launched PHFE WIC’s first Pump Closet in partnership with Emanate Hospital in West Covina. Throughout the pandemic, there has been an increased need for more accessible breast pumps for parents of newborns. This project increases health equity by making breastfeeding support more readily available to WIC participants as they are discharged from the hospital after giving birth.

    What is the WIC Pump Closet?

    This project provides WIC participants with a hospital-grade electric pump when they are discharged after having their baby. By immediately providing participants with a pump, WIC aims to protect the birthing parent’s milk supply in the time before they can get individualized breastfeeding or chestfeeding support from a lactation consultant.

    What hospitals are participating?

    Emanate Hospital is the debut location for the Pump Closet Project. It was selected because it is within the PHFE WIC service area and serves a high caseload of WIC-enrolled and WIC-eligible patients. It has five Symphony pumps at this time and WIC staff will work to keep the closet stocked.

    How can I get a WIC Pump Closet at my hospital?

    Please contact Wendy Fung (WenF@www.phfewic.org) and Naira Gavurmadzhyan (NairaG@www.phfewic.org) to add a WIC Pump Closet to your hospital. They look forward to expanding this project to more hospitals in the Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.

    What kind of breastfeeding help does WIC offer?

    WIC provides breastfeeding and chestfeeding education, free lactation consultations, monthly virtual support groups, and an infant feeding helpline. All WIC services, including breastfeeding and chestfeeding assistance, are free to anyone who is signed up for the WIC program.

    Can I get a free breast pump from WIC?

    WIC loans medical-grade electric breast pumps to WIC parents who are breastfeeding and chestfeeding. To request a free electric pump, send a text to 91997 or contact your WIC office directly.


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    Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for all Dole-branded and private label packaged greens and salads containing iceberg lettuce, processed at its Soledad, CA and Springfield, OH production facilities, due to possible health risks from Listeria monocytogenes.

    Products that are impacted by this voluntary recall from Soledad, CA are identified by a product lot code beginning with the letter “B” and a “Best if Used By” date between December 23, 2021, and January 8, 2022.

    Products that are impacted by this voluntary recall from Springfield, OH are identified by a product lot code beginning with the letter “W” and a “Best if Used By” date between December 22, 2021, and January 9, 2022.

    The Dole recall product lot codes are located in the upper-right-hand corner of the package.

    U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 2022

    Those who have purchased these products and still have them are urged not to consume the product and discard it immediately.

    No other Dole products, including fresh fruit and field-packed fresh vegetables, are part of these voluntary recalls and are safe to consume.

    Customers with retailer and consumer questions about the voluntary recalls can contact the Dole Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Pacific Time.

    LISTING OF PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO SOLEDAD, CA RECALL

    Product DescriptionUPC Code
    Dole 10oz Very Veggie0-71430-01008-2
    Dole 11oz Greener Selection0-71430-00965-9
    Dole 12oz American0-71430-00933-8
    Dole 12oz Garden Salad / Salade Du Jardin0-71430-01135-5
    Dole 13.25oz Country Ranch Kit0-71430-01730-2
    Dole 13oz Southwest Kit0-71430-01701-2
    Dole 16oz Value Size Shredded Lettuce0-71430-84616-2
    Dole 24oz Value Size Garden Salad0-71430-01136-2
    Dole 3lb Garden Salad0-71430-01138-6
    Dole 5.8 oz Chicken Club BLT Salad Bowl0-71430-00123-3
    Dole 6.05 oz Avocado Ranch Salad with Chicken Bowl0-71430-00125-7
    Dole 6.25 oz Backyard BBQ Salad with Chicken Bowl0-71430-00124-0
    Dole 6.25 oz Santa Fe Style Salad Bowl0-71430-00118-9
    Dole 7.25 oz Turkey & Bacon Country Cobb Salad Bowl0-71430-00120-2
    Dole 7.65oz Café Chef Salad Bowl0-71430-00115-8
    Dole 8oz Shredded Lettuce0-71430-01065-5
    Dole 9.1oz Peppercorn Ranch Chopped Kit0-71430-00093-9
    Dole 9.8oz Chopped Teriyaki Pineapple Kit0-71430-00100-4
    HEB 12oz American Salad0-41220-35500-6
    HEB 8oz Shredded Lettuce0-41220-35521-1
    HEB 9.5oz Premium Ranch Kit0-41220791569-0
    Marketside 7.45 oz Premium Avocado Ranch Bowl6-81131-37735-5
    Marketside 11.75 oz Multi-Serve Southwestern Style Salad Bowl6-81131-42361-8
    Marketside 12oz Classic Salad6-81131-32894-4
    Marketside 12oz Crisp Greens6-81131-35503-2
    Marketside 1lb Shredded Lettuce6-81131-53209-9
    Marketside 24oz Classic Salad6-81131-32895-1
    Marketside 6.35 oz Santa Fe Style Bowl6-81131-42363-2
    Marketside 6.81 oz BLT Salad Bowl6-81131-37736-2
    Marketside 7.25 oz Chef Salad Bowl6-81131-35506-3
    Marketside 7.25 oz Cobb Salad Bowl6-81131-35507-0
    Marketside 8oz Shredded Lettuce6-81131-32896-8
    Presidents Choice 12.25oz Ranch Kit / Le Choix du President Ranch Kit de Salade0-60383-00493-4
    President's Choice 12oz Garden Salad / Le Choix du President Salade Jardiniere0-60383-22268-0
    President's Choice 13oz Sesame Ginger Kit / Le Choix du President Sesame et Gingembre0-60383-02320-1
    President's Choice 13oz Southwest Salad Kit / Le Choix du President Sud-Ouest0-60383-02319-5

    LISTING OF PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO SPRINGFIELD, OH RECALL

    Product DescriptionUPC Code
    Dole 10 oz Very Veggie / Ranache de Legumes0-71430-01008-2
    Dole 11 oz Greener Selection / Selection de Verdure0-71430-00965-9
    Dole 12 oz American / Melange Americain0-71430-00933-8
    Dole 12 oz Garden Salad / Salade du Jardin0-71430-01135-5
    Dole 13 oz Asian Island Crunch / Croustillante Des Iles Asiatiques0-71430-01721-0
    Dole 13 oz Southwest Salad Kit0-71430-01701-2
    Dole 13 oz Southwest Salad Kit / Salade du Sud-ouest0-71430-01711-1
    Dole 13.25 Country Ranch Kit0-71430-01730-2
    Dole 16 oz Shredded Lettuce0-71430-84616-2
    Dole 2 lb Garden Salad0-71430-01137-9
    Dole 24 oz Value Size Garden Salad0-71430-01136-2
    Dole 8 oz Shredded Lettuce0-71430-01065-5
    Dole 9.1 oz Peppercorn Ranch / Ranch et Poivre0-71430-00098-4
    Dole 9.1 oz Peppercorn Ranch Chopped Kit0-71430-00093-9
    Dole 9.8 oz Chopped Teriyaki Pineapple Kit0-71430-00100-4
    Dole 9.8 oz Chopped Teriyaki Pineapple Kit / Teriyaki A L'ananas0-71430-00182-0
    Kroger 12 oz American Blend0-11110-91041-7
    Kroger 12 oz Classic Garden0-11110-91036-3
    Kroger 12 oz Veggie Blend0-11110-91048-6
    Kroger 24 oz Classic Garden0-11110-91037-0
    Kroger 8oz. Shredded Iceberg Lettuce0-11110-91613-6
    Little Salad Bar 10 oz Caesar Salad Kit4099100 087000
    Little Salad Bar 10.65 oz. Chopped Caesar Kit4099100263923
    Little Salad Bar 12 oz Garden Salad4099100082982
    Little Salad Bar 8 oz Shredded Lettuce4099100087963
    Little Salad Bar 9 oz Italian Salad4099100083194
    Marketside 12 oz Classic Iceberg Salad6-81131-32894-4
    Marketside 12 oz Crisp Greens6-81131-35503-2
    Marketside 16 oz Shredded Lettuce6-81131-53209-9
    Marketside 24 oz Classic Iceberg Salad6-81131-32895-1
    Marketside 8 oz Shredded Lettuce6-81131-32896-8
    Presidents Choice 12 oz Garden Salad / Le Choix du President Salade Jardiniere0-60383-22268-0
    Presidents Choice 12 oz Mixed Greens / Le Choix du President Melange de Legumes- Feuilles0-60383-00188-9
    Presidents Choice 12.25 oz Ranch Kit / Le Choix du President Ranch Kit de Salade0-60383-00493-4
    Presidents Choice 13 oz. Sesame Ginger Kit / Le Choix du President Sesame et Gingembre0-60383-02320-1
    Presidents Choice 13 oz. Southwest Salad Kit / Le Choix du President Sud-Ouest0-60383-02319-5


    Reference

    U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall for Certain Salads. https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/dole-fresh-vegetables-inc-announces-voluntary-recall-certain-salads-processed-its-springfield-oh-and?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#recall-announcement. January 7, 2022.

    Starting January 1, 2022, only cage-free eggs are allowed with WIC benefits.

    Health and safety amendments from Proposition 12 (2018) require all eggs sold in California to be cage-free. California WIC participants can now purchase only large, white, cage-free eggs using their WIC benefits.

    Any brand of large, white, cage-free chicken eggs is allowed to be purchased with WIC benefits.

    WIC benefits can not be used to purchase other egg sizes or colors, powdered or liquid eggs, or specialty eggs that are organic, pastured, vitamin-enriched, low cholesterol, or DHA-enriched.

    Check your WIC App for information on all WIC-approved foods.

    For the most recent list of foods able to be purchased using WIC benefits, visit MyFamily.WIC.ca.gov.

    Yes! Men are welcome at WIC. WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and other guardians play in caring for kids. Fathers and other caregivers of kids under five are encouraged to enroll and bring kids to appointments, attend nutrition and health education sessions, and use their checks in grocery stores that accept WIC.

    Immunizations help protect you, your loved ones, and everyone around you from serious illness and even death. WIC encourages all infants, children, and adults to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) vaccination recommendations to help keep all families healthy.

    In addition to routine immunizations for pregnant and postpartum people, WIC recommends following the CDC’s advice for the COVID-19 vaccine before, during, and after pregnancy.

    The CDC and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that all individuals get vaccinated for COVID-19 who are:

    • Pregnant
    • Trying to get pregnant, or may become pregnant
    • Recently postpartum
    • Breastfeeding or chestfeeding

    Pregnant and recently pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and may be at risk for preterm birth. The COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you and your baby. It has been found to prevent COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death. Growing evidence about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine shows that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

    Talk to your doctor if you have questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

    How to Get Vaccinated:

    Visit VaccinateLACounty.com and click on “How to Get Vaccinated” to find a location near you.

    No appointment is needed at many locations. Vaccines are free and you don’t need insurance. You will not be asked about your immigration status.

    You can also call the Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473. The call center is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm and can help you:

  • Find a vaccination location in your neighborhood
  • Arrange transportation to and from a vaccination site
  • Request vaccination at home if you are homebound
  • For more COVID-19 vaccine resources from the LA County Department of Public Health, download this guide: COVID_8.25.21 (lacounty.gov)

    We care about your experience shopping for food with your WIC benefits. If you need to replace a lost WIC card, or your WIC card isn’t working, we are here to help! Learn how to get a WIC card replacement, report an issue with a grocery store, and learn more solutions to common problems with spending WIC benefits.

    Solutions to Commonly Reported WIC Shopping Issues

    My WIC card is not swiping at checkout

    WIC card

    If your WIC card did not work at the grocery store, there are a few reasons why this could happen. Before you use your WIC card the first time, set up your PIN by calling 1-844-469-3264. Make sure it’s something you can remember. You’ll use this PIN every time you use your WIC card.

    When checking out at the store, if a PIN is entered incorrectly three times, the card will lock. It will automatically unlock at midnight. If you forgot your PIN, call 1-844-469-3264 to reset it.

    It is also important that the cashier knows that you plan to use your WIC card. Tell the cashier right away that you will be using your WIC card, and put your WIC foods down before any other foods. If your card has problems swiping, this may mean that the card has become demagnetized. Contact us for a replacement, and we will mail you a new card.

    The cashier said my foods were not WIC-approved

    Use the WIC Food Scan button in your WIC App to verify that a food is WIC-approved and available with your benefits. If it is, ask to speak to the grocery store manager. The grocery store may need to update its database with that food.

    If the manager is unable to resolve the issue, please call Shopper Support at 1-800-852-5770 to make a report. Have the following information ready:

    • The store location
    • The approximate day and time of visit
    • Product description (brand and size)
    • Any other details ready.

    If you are reporting a food that was in stock but you were unable to purchase it with your WIC benefits, please take a picture of the label, ingredients, and barcode.

    I lost or misplaced my WIC Card

    We are happy to replace your WIC card for any reason. If your card was lost, stolen, or misplaced, let us know right away so we can freeze your account and prevent anyone else from spending your benefits. Requesting a new card is easy. Fill out the WIC Card Replacement Form and we will let you know when a new card is on the way.

    I forgot to buy my WIC foods before the last day

    Check the California WIC app for your benefit start and end dates.

    I can’t make it to the store before my benefits expire

    At this time, online grocery shopping and delivery apps do not accept the WIC card as payment. However, you can give your WIC card to a trusted family member to shop for your WIC foods for you.

    I’m going out of town

    Grocery stores all over California accept the WIC card, so you can use it when you travel anywhere else in the state! Check the California WIC app for other WIC grocers near you. Many WIC items are shelf-stable. Stock up during times you may not need them so you will have them on hand when you do need them.

    The grocery store did not have WIC foods

    Many grocery stores accept the WIC card. Check the California WIC app to see all the places you can shop with WIC benefits. If a grocery store that accepts the WIC card is out of stock of an approved food item, please contact us with the grocery store name, address, and food item you wanted to purchase, so our WIC vendor liaisons can investigate.

    Additional Resources

    Learn About Little By Little School Program

    Little by Little School Readiness Program is an early literacy program for infants and children up to age five. LBL has tools to answers parents’ questions, discover new activities, learn about children developmental milestones, and much more.

    WIC is a USDA-funded program that provides healthy foods to low-income pregnant and postpartum people, infants, and children up to age 5. WIC reaches nearly half of all infants born in the U.S. The WIC foods are loaded electronically onto a WIC benefits card with monthly amounts allocated for each food. Fruit and vegetable amounts are issued as a “Cash Value Benefit” (CVB) that can be used to buy any variety of fruit or vegetable.

    In June 2021, the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act increased the WIC CVB amounts for all adults and children receiving WIC from $9 and $11 to $35 for four months. Congress extended the increased amounts at $24 for children and $43 or $47 for adults, depending on breastfeeding or chestfeeding status, through March 31, 2022.

    A study of over 1600 WIC families in Southern California showed that it is essential to the health of WIC families and communities all around to keep this increase in place. Nearly all participants found the prior amount of $9 for children to not be enough. However, more than three-quarters of the participants reported that the increased amount of $35 is ‘just right.’

    (NPI & PHFE WIC, 2021)

    PHFE WIC is the largest Local Agency WIC program in the country, serving over 180,000 participants. Families served by PHFE WIC spent $10.6M more on fruits and vegetables with their increased CVB amounts from June to September 2021 compared to the same period of months in 2020.

    (NPI & PHFE WIC, 2021)

    This translates to an increase of over $50M across the state of California in WIC purchases of fruit and vegetables during the four months. This increased spending creates a domino effect of benefits that goes beyond just WIC families. Not only does it benefit WIC families and their communities, but also the communities where produce is grown and sold.

    The increased amounts of fruit and vegetables help WIC families and benefit every low-income community in each state across the entire country. Congress must act to continue this increase beyond March 2022.


    Adapted from Nutrition Policy Institute & PHFE WIC (2021). More Veggies and Fruit for WIC families is a WIC for California and the Nation. LA WIC Data. https://lawicdata.org/2021/12/more-veggies-and-fruits-for-wic-families-is-a-win-for-california-and-the-nation/.

    On November 23rd, 2021, a bipartisan bill called More Options to Develop and Enhance Remote Nutrition in WIC Act, or MODERN WIC Act, was introduced. This bill would make permanent revisions to WIC certification requirements, sustaining the flexibilities that helped families gain access to the program during the pandemic.

    For social distancing purposes during the pandemic, WIC agencies were allowed to complete certifications over the phone, and the requirement for WIC providers to measure a participant’s weight and height was waived. These flexibilities helped many WIC program participants and new applicants overcome the barriers to WIC services that in-person requirements can create.

    Barriers to completing in-person certifications include

    Taking Time off Work

    Arranging Transportation or Childcare

    Wait Times at WIC Offices

    Child participation has increased 20% at PHFE WIC, and 8% nationwide since March 2020, showing how important virtual WIC services were during the pandemic.1 The MODERN WIC Act will continue virtual services, expanding access to families who qualify.

    The Modern WIC Act proposes the following:

    WIC program applications to be completed over video conferencing or telephone with health assessment data submitted to WIC within 90 days

    Food benefits to be remotely added to participant WIC EBT cards

    More investment in WIC technology to help with online appointments and education

    The MODERN WIC Act will allow WIC providers to continue as they always have: to help families access healthy foods.

    Read NWA’s full press statement here, and click here to view a fact sheet on physical presence at WIC.


    References

    1. Senators Introduce MODERN WIC Act, Bipartisan Fix for Physical Presence. National WIC Association. https://www.nwica.org/press-releases/sens-gillibrand-marshall-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-strengthen-remote-wic-services#.YbJPA1XMJpg. November 23, 2021.
    2. Striking The Balance: Unlocking Remote WIC Services after COVID-19. National WIC Association. https://s3.amazonaws.com/aws.upl/nwica.org/physical-presence.pdf?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=003395f0-195e-4759-bb52-cc294f90a17f. October 2021. Accessed December 6, 2021.   

    Canned beans are now available to WIC families with their benefits!

    With your WIC benefits, you can choose:

    • 4 cans of cooked beans,
    • 1 package of dry beans, or
    • 1 jar of peanut butter.

    Keep canned beans on the shelf for a quick weeknight meal. Add canned beans to soups, salads, burritos, tortilla wraps, stews, rice bowls, and more. Find tasty recipes using canned beans and other WIC foods at Health eKitchen at www.wichealth.org.

    Check your WIC app for the most recent information about approved foods. For more information, visit MyFamily.WIC.ca.gov.

    WIC is hosting diaper giveaway and pump return events throughout November to help families safely return electric breast pumps or baby scales that are no longer in use!

    Please hold on to your electric breast pump or baby scale if you are still using them.

    All families with infants and children that wear diapers are invited to the diaper giveaway! Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

    See the November schedule of diaper and pump events listed below. Questions? Text us at 91997.

    WIC Center
    Address
    Date & Time
    8th Street WIC
    2120 W. 8th St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90033
    Nov 10th 10 am to 2 pm
    Obama WIC
    3667 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
    Nov 16th 11:30 am to 2 pm
    Santa Ana East WIC
    1701 S Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    Nov 17 10 am to 2 pm

    The 2021 WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will come to a close on November 30th after another successful year! Congress began this program in 1992 with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to WIC families while familiarizing them with farmers’ markets and directly supporting the local community. 

    This summer PHFE WIC distributed farmers’ market checks (vouchers) each worth $28 to 23,000 families for a total of $644,000 worth of fruits and vegetables!

    WIC Families: Spend your checks before November 30th

    To find farmers’ markets that accept the WIC vouchers, visit FMFinder.org and search for markets that accept WIC & Senior FMNP, or use California WIC’s Farmers’ Market search tool here.

    Farmers’ Market vouchers will expire on November 30, 2021.

    Thank you to all of our community partners for spreading the word, and to farmers’ market managers, staff, and vendors for their support and commitment to the program.

    The Farmers’ Market program is for a limited time only each year! The next WIC FMNP season starts summer 2022. To make sure you don’t miss out on your free farmers’ market produce next summer, sign up for WIC text messages (send a text to 91997) and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    Visit fmfinder.org or m.wic.ca.gov to find a farmers’ market near you that accepts “WIC & Senior FMNP”.

    Welcome to WIC! If you are new to WIC or re-enrolling after two years, please watch this video.

    What should I expect at my first WIC appointment?
    • An eligibility assessment
    • A review of the WIC program
    • A nutrition assessment for each family member that is enrolling

    If you qualify for WIC benefits, you will receive a WIC card that you can use to buy food each month.

    You will be asked to show the following items. If your appointment is by phone, you will be texted a link to upload photos of your items on your appointment day.

    Examples:

    • Active Medi-Cal numbers
    • Paystub or statement from the last 30 days
    • Disability pay
    • Unemployment benefits
    • Social Security benefits
    • Other

    If you do not have an income or Medi-Cal, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.

    Examples:

    • Active Medi-Cal numbers
    • Any mail
    • Any bill
    • Driver's license or ID
    • Bank statement
    • Car registration/insurance
    • Other

    If you do not have proof of residency or Medi-Cal, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.

    Examples:

    • Active Medi-Cal numbers
    • Health insurance card
    • Birth certificate
    • Newborn crib card
    • Driver's license or ID
    • Car registration
    • Medical records
    • Immunization card
    • Foster child letter/placement
    • Other

    This is required only if you are pregnant. It must include your first and last name.

    Examples:

    • Positive pregnancy note from doctor
    • Ultrasound picture
    • Prenatal vitamin prescription
    • Other

    PHFE WIC appointments are currently in person at a WIC office or by phone or video.

    欢迎来到 WIC!如果您是新加入 WIC 或在 2 年后重新注册,请观看此视频。 如需中文字幕, 请至影片设定区开启。

    第一次 的WIC 预约我应该预期什么?

    • 参加资格评估
    • WIC 计划的详细介绍
    • 对每个申请WIC的家庭成员进行营养咨询

    如果您有资格领取WIC 福利,您将收到一张 WIC 卡,您每个月可以使用WIC卡来购买 WIC 食品。

    您将会被要求提供以下的资料。如果您预约是一个电话预约,您将会在您预约的当天收到一个链接来上传所需的资料。

    例如

    • 有效的医疗白卡卡号
    • 过去 30 天的工资明细或薪资条
    • 伤残补助明细
    • 失业救济金明细
    • 社会保障福利明细
    • 其他收入证明

    如果您沒有收入或 没有医疗白卡,請在預約時告诉我们的WIC工作人员。

    例如

    • 有效的医疗白卡卡号
    • 任何邮件
    • 任何账单
    • 驾照或身份证
    • 银行对帐单
    • 汽车登记/保险
    • 其他地址证明

    如果您沒有地址證明或 没有医疗白卡,請在預約時告訴我们的WIC工作人员。

    例如

    • 有效的医疗白卡卡号
    • 医疗保险卡
    • 新生儿的医院床卡
    • 汽车牌照
    • 出生证明
    • 驾照或身份证
    • 病历
    • 疫苗卡
    • 寄养子女相关信件
    • 其他

    如果您是一位孕妇, 以下是您可以提供的怀孕证明。它必须包含您的全名。

    例如

    • 医生提供的阳性怀孕证明
    • B超照
    • 孕期维他命处方签
    • 其他

    Chào mừng bạn tới WIC! Nếu bạn vừa mới tham gia WIC hoặc đăng ký lại sau hai năm, xin vui lòng xem video sau đây. Nếu bạn cần phụ đề tiếng Việt, vui lòng vào phần cài đặt video.

    Tôi nên kỳ vọng gì ở cuộc hẹn đầu tiên với WIC?

    • Những câu hỏi về điều kiện tham gia WIC
    • Tìm hiểu về chương trình WIC
    • Những câu hỏi về dinh dưỡng cho các thành viên đăng ký cho WIC

    Nếu bạn hội đủ điều kiện nhận phúc lợi WIC, bạn sẽ nhận được thẻ WIC để mua thực phẩm WIC mỗi tháng.

    Bạn sẽ được yêu cầu chuẩn bị những thông tin sau đây. Nếu cuộc hẹn của bạn qua điện thoại. WIC sẽ nhắn cho bạn đường dẫn để gửi thông tin vào ngày hẹn của bạn.

    Ví dụ:

    • Số Medi-Cal còn hiệu lực
    • Cùi check hoặc lương thu nhập trước thuế trong vòng 30 ngày gần đây
    • Lương trợ cấp cho người khuyết tật
    • Trợ cấp cho người thất nghiệp
    • Trợ cấp An sinh Xã hội
    • Những bằng chứng khác

    Nếu bạn không có thu nhập hoặc Medi-Cal, hãy nói với nhân viên WIC tại cuộc hẹn của bạn.

    Ví dụ:

    • Số Medi-Cal còn hiệu lực
    • Bất kỳ thư từ nào
    • Đơn thanh toán
    • Bằng lái xe hoặc thẻ ID
    • Giấy đăng ký xe / bảo hiểm xe
    • Những bằng chứng khác

    Nếu bạn không có bằng chứng về cư trú hoặc Medi-Cal, hãy nói với nhân viên WIC tại cuộc hẹn của bạn

    Ví dụ:

    • Số Medi-Cal còn hiệu lực
    • Thẻ bảo hiểm y tế
    • Giấy khai sinh
    • Giấy phép lái xe hoặc thẻ ID
    • Hồ sơ bệnh án
    • Thẻ tiêm chủng
    • Giấy đăng ký xe
    • hẻ thông tin có chiều cao và cân nặng của bé
    • Thư chứng minh người giám hộ nuôi dưỡng
    • Những bằng chứng khác

    Bạn chỉ cần trình ra thông tin này nếu bạn đang mang thai. Thông tin bạn đưa ra phải có tên và họ của bạn.

    Ví dụ:

    • Giấy chứng nhận mang thai từ bác sĩ
    • Hình siêu âm
    • oa thuốc Vitamin cho phụ nữ mang thai
    • Những bằng chứng khác

    11/2/2021 – There have been updates to this post.

    WIC families are happier and healthier than ever, thanks to the summer fruit and vegetable cash benefit increase.

    WIC participants have shared that this increase has allowed them to purchase healthy foods despite increasing produce prices, and provide consistently healthy meals with more variety.

    Read what WIC families are saying about how this increase has benefited them, and why they would like it to continue.

    See this fact sheet from the National WIC Association for additional information on the push for the WIC benefit bump extension.


    A message to WIC participants & community partners

    We need your help! In addition to spending all of your fruit and vegetable benefit this month, please share how the increase has benefited your family or families in your community to emphasize to Congress (Appropriators in the House and Senate) how impactful this increase is before September 30th.

    Post a photo or short video to Instagram or Twitter using #ExtendTheWICBump to show Congress your support for making this increase permanent. Be sure to tag @NatWICAssoc and the congresspeople listed below!

    On Twitter tag: @SenatorLeahy, @SenShelby, @SenatorBaldwin, @JohnBoozman, @rosadelauro, @RepKayGranger, @SanfordBishop, @chelliepingree

    On Instagram tag: @senatorleahy, @senatorshelby, @senatorbaldwin, @johnboozman, @reprosadelauro, @repkaygranger, @chelliepingree

    This August 25 -31, we celebrate the 9th annual Black Breastfeeding Week.

    This year’s theme is The Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power.

    As we honor Black breastfeeding and the power of rest, we want to use this opportunity to highlight and acknowledge all of those involved in WIC’s sister program CinnaMoms. They have made a positive impact on Black parents and families and been part of our community’s breastfeeding support system.

    CinnaMoms has been creating a safe space and community for Black/African American families since 2015. Twice each month, members come together in virtual support circles to learn and share their experiences with breastfeeding, chestfeeding, parenting, and health.

    CinnaMoms support circles are hosted on Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Thursday every month. Click here to learn more and join our next support circle.

    In celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week, Diversify Dietetics nominated PHFE WIC’s Dr. Toncé Jackson, Ed.D., MPH, RDN, CLE for their RDN Spotlight.

    Toncé is the Senior Health Equity Manager at PHFE WIC in Los Angeles County and Co-founder of CinnaMoms. In these roles, she been able to help change the Black/African American families experiences in breastfeeding, by creating a safe space for families to come and just be themselves.

    Click here to read more about her journey in the Dietetics world.

    Dr.Toncé Jackson

    #cinnamoms #phfewic #blackbreastfeedingweek #bigpause

    In honor of National Black Breastfeeding Week, PHFE WIC is partnering with SGV African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Community Action Team and the Pomona Wellness Community to hold a Fresh Produce and Baby Item Drive-Thru Giveaway Event on Wednesday, August 25 from 12-2pm.

    Baby items, breast pumps, resource materials and fresh produce will be given to registered individuals.

    Click here to register by Monday, 8/23 at 11:30 a.m.:  bit.ly/2021SGVBlackBreastfeedingWeek  

    Participants must register and provide proof of registration upon arrival to receive the breast pump and baby items. Families may show the confirmation email on their phone or bring a printed copy. This will be used to match the registered family with their items.

    Fresh produce will be available for all families (no registration required, however, supplies are limited. First come, first served). 

    Click here to register!

    #blackbreastfeedingweek #phfewic #pomonavalley #AAIMM

    August 15-21 we celebrate the inaugural Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander breastfeeding week.

    This year’s theme is “Reclaiming Our Traditions“. PHFE WIC is committed to supporting the community in reclaiming the tradition of breastfeeding by providing professional individualized breastfeeding support in our WIC participants’ native languages.

    PHFE WIC Staff are reclaiming their cultures’ traditions and proudly say, “I breastfeed!”

    Congratulations to CHEER Champion Wendy Fung

    In celebration of the inaugural Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Breastfeeding Week, the Center for Health Equity, Education, & Research (CHEER) nominated PHFE WIC’s Wen Ting (Wendy) Fung, MS, RD, and soon-to-be IBCLC as a CHEER Champion.

    Wendy is the Breastfeeding Services Supervisor at PHFE WIC in Los Angeles County and Co-founder of Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Breastfeeding Task Force. In these roles, she helps moms to overcome breastfeeding challenges and strives to establish connections with other organizations to improve breastfeeding support, encourage moms to persevere with their breastfeeding goals, and promote exclusive breastfeeding.

    “Often in the AAPI community, we have high initiation rates because breastfeeding is a tradition in our community. However, because of other influences, the duration of breastfeeding is quite short. It is important for moms to have breastfeeding support from their own community, people who look like them and speak their language.”
    – Wendy Fung, MS, RDN, soon-to-be IBCLC

    On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, PHFE WIC hosted a live Zoom event with community organizations from San Jose Mother’s Milk Bank, Eisner Health LA, Emanate Health, and Mighty Little Giants.

    They shared information about the Milk Banks in the community. Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN of San Jose Mother’s Milk Bank presented the history of Milks Banks and the process of donating milk. She shared that participants will go through a simple health screening before they drop off their milks for donation. 

    Jessica Wade, NS, CLES, Certified Doula, CEO and Founder of Mighty Little Giants shared her own experience receiving donor breast milk with her son. While, Magdalena Estrada, MPH, CHES, IBCLC, LCCE of Eisner Health LA Milk Depot and Annette Benavides, MSN, RNC-OB of San Gabriel Valley Milk Depot introduced their Milk Depot and the Milk Collection Events.

    We were so thrilled to learn from all of our speakers and excited for the future of milk banks.

    Check out more information about the organizations here; Eisner Health, Emanate Health Family Medicine Residency Program, Mighty Little Giants, and Mothers’ Milk Bank San Jose.

    Click below to check out the recording of the event.

    Upcoming Milk Collection Events

    The Eisner Health LA Milk Depot will be having a Milk Collection Event on August 28, 2021.

    The San Gabriel Valley Milk Depot will be hosting a Milk Drive & Health Fair on September 17, 2021.

    Both events will include gifts and raffles.

    Thank you to all our speakers and those who joined the event!


    Some additional information about our speakers.

    #phfewic #mothersmilk #esinerhealth #emanatehealth #mightylittlegiants #milkbank

    Written by: Jocelyn Cortez, PHFE WIC Dietetic Intern

    It’s common for a new parent to be worried about breastfeeding or chestfeeding. Parents may wonder if it will be painful, question their body’s abilities, or wonder where to go for immediate support.

    Parents in traditional cultures lean on aunts, cousins, and neighbors for help. Support systems are critical for new parents. WIC is committed to being part of our community’s support system. PHFE WIC counselors include Certified Lactation Educators and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) with the training and experienced to provide expert individualized breastfeeding support and guide and encourage parents through their feeding journey.

    We are here for you!

    In honor of Breastfeeding Month, one of PHFE WIC’s lactation consultants, Jessica Estrada, IBCLC sat for an interview with dietetic intern Jocelyn Cortez to talk about her career journey, WIC insights, and her advice for expecting parents.

    Jessica Estrada, IBCLC

    About Jessica Estrada, IBCLC

    Jessica started her lactation support career in her role at WIC as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in 2010, providing nutrition and breastfeeding education to clients during their pregnancy and hands-on support once the baby was born. She then earned her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential through UC San Diego in December 2019 and continues to share her breastfeeding and chestfeeding expertise with WIC families today.

    Jessica’s passion for her lactation career has grown throughout her journey in WIC. As a mom herself, the challenges of being a first time mother and her experience with breastfeeding have called her to be a guide to other parents. She knows that there is misinformation on the internet and not having the proper guidance can contribute to falling away from one’s breastfeeding goal. Jessica continues to teach breastfeeding classes and serve clients with common breastfeeding concerns like latching difficulties, breastmilk production, using a breast pumping, monitoring babies’ weight gain, and hand-on support to help parents meet their feeding goals. She is also involved in a Physician Rotation Program at WIC where she teaches medical students about baby behavior and breastfeeding feeding patterns along with recommendations that teach the visiting medical interns about the breastfeeding world.

    What does a Lactation Consultant do?

    JE: A Lactation Consultant is a professional who specializes in the field of breastfeeding. We help mothers that are having breastfeeding problems. There may be many reasons a mother needs support, some examples but not limited to helping a mother with plugged ducts, mastitis, thrush, and helping babies that are unable to latch a baby to the breast or unable to maintain a latch. Right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic we are conducting virtual counselings to screen clients prior to working with our clients in person to assure the baby is latching well and assuring our mothers that the baby is gaining a healthy weight and thriving while the baby is being breastfeed.

    Why should someone see a lactation consultant?

    JE: If you need help, contact WIC ask for breastfeeding guidance with a lactation consultant. WIC gives you access for free consultation with a lactation consultant. Any questions a parent has about latching, breastmilk supply, or returning to work, WIC can help. In my profession, I reassure new mothers about the normal course of breastfeeding and parenting a new baby. If doctor referrals or follow-ups are necessary, we provide additional support in those areas as well.

    How can a WIC parent connect with a lactation consultant?

    JE: WIC has an infant feeding helpline number available to our clients with any breastfeeding questions. Certified Lactation Educators and Lactation Consultants (breastfeeding specialists) answer your breastfeeding questions and can schedule an in-person visit if needed. The hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Pacific time at (888) 278-6455.

    What is the secret to increasing milk production?

    JE: The best way to ensure a great milk supply is to breastfeed frequently. There are no foods that mom must eat or avoid. We recommend that mom makes healthy choices when possible but in general enjoy her normal diet. The secret is breastfeeding every time the baby shows early hunger cues–10 or more times in 24 hours, which is about every 2-3 hours or sooner. The key is to stimulate the breasts often to increase the milk supply. When parents have milk supply questions, we can often reassure them by weighing their baby and discussing the baby’s hunger cues and feeding history.

    What makes milk production decrease?

    JE: Milk supply decreases when breastfeeding frequency decreases or when the baby is not breastfeeding effectively. Some medications are contraindicated during breastfeeding due to their effect on milk supply. In these cases we recommend that moms work with their healthcare provider to find an alternative medication to protect milk supply and support the parents decision to breastfeed or chestfeed.

    Do C-sections cause lactation problems?

    JE: Sometimes parents who have had a C-section benefit from some extra help with ideas for positioning their babies for comfort and supporting their breast milk production. We recommend monitoring the baby’s weight and number of soiled diapers, and reaching out to WIC soon after the baby is born so that we can identify issues and connect parents with with an IBCLC quickly. Connecting with WIC early helps protect the parent’s milk supply and get off to a great start with feeding.

    What else do you want to share with parents?

    JE: Do not feel embarrassed to reach out for help! At WIC we want to help you meet your feeding goals! Plan for breastfeeding to go smoothly, and it probably will! Your baby will be born with amazing instincts that will help breastfeeding get off to a good start. Nurse frequently and get help early. Every drop of breastmilk is a gift!

    #phfewic #IBCLC #lactation #breastfeedingmonth

    The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect low-income households that were already struggling with poverty and hunger before the health crisis. In just one week in June, nearly 2.7 million California residents did not have enough to eat, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. This includes more than 1.36 million households with children. In Los Angeles County, 1 in 5 people struggled with food insecurity before the pandemic, and that number has since risen to 1 in 4 county residents.

    On Monday, August 2, 2021, PHFE WIC’s 8th Street WIC office hosted Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America as part of an 8,000-mile coast-to-coast journey this summer to shine a light on the continuing national hunger crisis, to meet with those working on the front lines of hunger, and to advocate for long-term public policy solutions to food insecurity.

    Anti-hunger advocates from PHFE WIC, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Hunger Action Los Angeles-HALA, LA Food Bank, CalFresh, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, The Annenberg Foundation, Hollywood Food Coalition, the LA Mayor’s office, LA County Office of Sustainability spoke to the press and joined a round table discussion about the barriers to accessing available anti-hunger programs, and systemic solutions.

    Systemic Solutions

    The American Families Plan, if passed by Congress, would make a huge investment in low-income families and children and dramatically decrease child poverty and hunger.

    The re-introduced HOPE Act Bill would allow for the creation of a streamlined system to make it easier for people to apply for and access benefits through a single portal.

    “During the pandemic, people who were already poor and hungry became poorer and hungrier, and people who just at the edge of poverty in the lower middle class became hungry…As bad as things are, we have not had mass starvation… why? Because the federal safety net programs stepped up and dramatically expanded. Charities are important, but it’s the government safety net that stood between us and mass starvation in America.”
    –Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America

    Click here to view the livestream of the press conference.

    Good news! The Home Visiting Family Support Program is now enrolling families. This program pairs you with a trained professional who provides pregnancy and parenting guidance, access to social services, job resources, and more!

    Who is Eligible?

    Pregnant and parenting women, low income families with children under the age of 5, and individuals receiving cash aid (CalWorks).

    What is the program’s goal?

    The Home Visiting Program’s goal is to provide support and expertise to help parents expand their parenting skills and access key resources for medical, mental health, and child development concerns. In addition, families will also receive resources such as housing, food, counseling services, and other services.      

    How to enroll:

    To enroll, please call (213) 639-6436 or (800) 427-8700 (Press 4, Option 2)

    One year ago, WIC’s monthly breastfeeding support groups transitioned to an online platform to keep WIC participants safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These meetings help parents navigate the challenges and successes of breastfeeding, and have been invaluable to families who have not been able to have hands-on support during this trying time.

    Online breastfeeding support groups have been successful in six different languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Armenian. They help families across all of these languages ease into parenthood and breastfeeding by holding space for parents to ask questions and share their experiences. Parents learn from one another through their own stories, while they lean on International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and WIC nutritionists for additional guidance.

    Parents have shared that online support groups are easier to attend because they do not have to travel, and they have been particularly beneficial throughout this last year while home visitations were difficult.

    The support group helped me learn how to position my baby at the breast to latch so I could still learn to breastfeed even when no one could give me one-on-one help because of COVID.

    Danielle, PHFE WIC Participant

    Are you pregnant or breastfeeding? Click here to learn how to join a group!

    Thank you breastfeeding support group WIC staff for hosting these online support groups, and for continuously providing the best care to WIC families!

    The CinnaMoms African American Breastfeeding and Motherhood Support Program is an accessible and welcoming service to parents that goes beyond PHFE WIC core services.

    CinnaMoms is currently on their 3rd quarter of support circles. They offer culturally relevant information facilitated by qualified team of African American Certified Lactation Educators, Lactation Consultants, Nutritionists, and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors.

    In partnership with Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills, CinnaMoms invites you to join a virtual breastfeeding support group held every first and third Thursday of the month, beginning January 2021.

    The overarching goal is to increase virtual breastfeeding support for African American women and families. Throughout the year, the virtual support circles will feature guest appearances from Lactation Consultants throughout the region.

    RSVP using this link here: https://www.cinnamoms.org/events

    #cinnamoms #phfewic #KP #breastfeeding

    The National WIC Association (NWA) held its annual conference virtually on June 15-17th, 2021. This conference aimed to engage with its 1,500+ attendees, connect on WIC-related topics, and inspire attendees to strengthen their communities. The conference incorporated diversity and inclusion throughout the sessions and emphasized equitable access to nutritious foods and breastfeeding support to all WIC families.

    PHFE WIC directors attended the conference to expand their professional skills and knowledge base about nutrition, breastfeeding, leadership, and much more to help PHFE WIC better serve its families.

    Read about the PHFE WIC directors’ conference highlights and memorable quotes below!

    Big highlight for me is that staff from USDA shared that the 2017 WIC Food Package recommendations have now started through the regulatory process, hooray! We can expect to see proposed changes posted in the Federal Register by the end of 2021 so that all of us can make our public comments so let’s get ready to do that!  While this does not mean we’ll have a revised food package this year, it’s wonderful to hear we are now on the road to changes ahead and increased choices for our WIC participants.

    Highlight from Shannon Whaley, PhD, Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation

    I really enjoyed attending the 2021 NWA Conference!  I especially loved the session called “FNS Tools and Resources,” and I was happy to hear that the new USDA BF Curricula training is ready and should be coming out to Local Agencies soon!  This new platform with the tiered learning levels will give us new tools to train staff on breastfeeding in creative and fun ways!

    Highlight from Cindy Clapp, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Deputy Director of Breastfeeding Services

    What do leaders look like?  You cannot find a leader by their title or even the letters by their name; you find a leader among their team because they live the mission.  Leaders see the value in setting and reaching goals but also understand there is no win unless every team member crosses the finish line.

    Memorable quote by Margaret Page Saunders, MS, RDN, LDN at CEDA WIC Program shared by Anne Kennedy, MS, RDN, CLE, Deputy Director of Client Services

    WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and other guardians play in caring for kids. Dads are a source of so much selfless love, unconditional support, and timeless wisdom for the WIC family.

    Despite the WIC name, fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, father figures, and other guardians have always been a part of the WIC family. WIC celebrates and appreciates the nurturers and caregivers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and guardians of our children.

    As public health professionals serving a diverse population of pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, new parents, and their families, we at WIC acknowledge that racism is a public health crisis that directly affects our work and the families we serve. Systemic racism affects many communities, especially Black mothers and infants, whose chances of surviving pregnancy and birth are disproportionately lower than their white counterparts. This has invigorated our commitment to dismantling systemic racism and fostering an anti-racist and socially just environment.

    Actions We Are Taking

    For our participants:

    WIC Cinnamoms
    • CinnaMoms was created in 2015 as a special space to promote and support breastfeeding while celebrating the traditions and culture of the Black families at PHFE WIC. CinnaMoms hosts monthly virtual support circles to facilitate culturally relevant and meaningful connections and discussions about maternal and postpartum health, support systems, and beliefs.
    • Black Breastfeeding Week (BBW) was August 25-31st. The 2020 celebration took place virtually with the theme of “Revive, Restore, and Reclaim.”

    For our staff:

    PHFE WIC Staff- We are Juneteenth!
    • In July 2020, the Council on Racial and Equity (CORE) was assembled at PHFE WIC to evaluate and inform next steps for racial justice within our organization.
      • This team informed a list of short, medium, and long-term goals for educational trainings, professional development, and exploring inclusivity in all avenues of the agency.
      • CORE collaborated with other WIC agencies across Southern California during Black Breastfeeding Week to address breastfeeding barriers that Black families face.
    • PHFE WIC has ensured interview panelists were racially diverse while hiring.
    • Our parent company, Heluna Health has formed a cross-agency Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup to address systemic racism.
    • In June 2021, staff celebrated and commemorated Juneteenth with a special educational presentation created by members of CORE.
    • In May 2021, the CORE team at PHFE WIC unveiled the new Health and Racial Equity page on the company’s intranet to be a resource available to employees.
    PHFE WIC’s Heath and Racial Equity Intranet Resource
    • On May 25, 2021, PHFE WIC staff gathered virtually for the Inaugural Day of Remembrance to remember the names of Black people killed by police, and reflect on how we plan to move forward in our anti-racist journeys individually and as an organization.
    • PHFE WIC staff attended California WIC Association’s Annual conference May 3-7, 2021. The theme was “Strengthening and Supporting California’s Families”. Staff heard Arthur James, MD, FACOG speak on Equity in the Opportunity to Survive the 1st Day of Life…a dream deferred.
    • Following the Global Cultural calendar developed by Heluna Health’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup, PHFE WIC staff created and shared presentations to educate and celebrate Chinese New Year, Black HIstory Month, Arab American Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Cesar Chavez Day, Harriet Tubman Day, Juneteenth, and Greek and Irish Heritage Month.
    • In November 2020, all PHFE WIC staff attended a virtual implicit bias workshop with Dr. Bryant Marks. As part of the workshop, staff took an implicit association test to become aware of their own biases. The workshop gave actionable ways to work toward racial equity.
    Sarah Fanta interviewing Austin Channing Brown, author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made of Whiteness at virtual CWA conference in August 2020
    • In August 2020, staff attended the virtual California WIC Association conference where Sarah Fanta, Supervising Nutritionist and member of the C.O.R.E Advisory Committee, interviewed Austin Channing Brown.
      • Austin Channing Brown is a speaker, writer, and media producer, who provided inspirational leadership on racial justice in America and is the author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made of Whiteness.
    • In July 2020, PHFE WIC held an all-staff meeting with the topic of cultural sensitivity, racism, and recognizing and preventing micro-aggressions lead by PHFE WIC Senior Health Equity Manager Dr. Toncé Jackson
      • All staff watched four video conversations on race and completed a thought-provoking worksheet to help process information and enhance learning.
      • The group explored micro-aggressions and micro-affirmations through dialogue, videos, and examples.
    • In June 2020, Dr. Melissa Franklin of First 5 LA and Ms. Wenonah Valentine held a support group/healing space for Black staff as an opportunity to process, reflect, mobilize, and recommend next steps for the agency.
    • Juneteeth education for all staff
      • In June 2020, Staff independently viewed a PowerPoint presentation that included facts about Juneteeth, Black historical and current information, and links to the National African American Museum (NAAM) website.

    This is only the beginning. Please check back periodically to learn about our most recent efforts to build equity and justice in our organization and community.

    PHFE WIC, a program of Heluna Health joins the celebration of Juneteenth, the oldest national anniversary of the abolition of slavery. U.S. President Joe Biden signed a bill on Thursday, June 17 designating ‘Juneteenth,’ or June 19, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

    Read Heluna Health’s statement recognizing and celebrating Juneteenth here.

    Read more about what we are doing at PHFE WIC to educate our employees and foster racial and health equity in our workplace and community.

    PHFE WIC staff – We are Juneteenth!

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed by President Biden in March 2021 in response to COVID-19, allocated $490 million in additional funds to enhance WIC benefits for four months. These funds are going directly to WIC families in the form of increased fruit and vegetable benefits from June through September 2021.

    Every WIC participant 12 months and older is getting $35 each month for fruit and vegetables June through September. Current WIC participants who have received June benefits can see the added dollar amount on their WIC Food Balance now!

    During these four months, a family with a pregnant parent and two children receives $105 monthly for fruits and vegetables in addition to all their other WIC foods.

    WIC families can use their increased fruit and vegetable benefit to buy dried, canned, frozen, and fresh fruits and vegetables that meet the WIC authorized requirements found on the Shopping Guide.

    For new or returning WIC participants, signing up is easy! Text APPLY to 91997 or visit phfewic.org/apply.


    A message to WIC participants

    Spend your WIC benefits every month to help us help you! Using all of your benefits each month not only nourishes your family, but also helps us advocate to make this temporary summer benefit increase permanent for all WIC families.

    Use the CA WIC App to check for WIC authorized food items, or check out the the WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide! WIC participants can log into their WIC App to view all current and future available food benefits on the Food Balance page. Not sure if an item is covered by WIC? Participants can use the WIC Food Scan feature to check items anytime.

    Monthly WIC food benefits are good for 30 days and benefit expiration dates can be found on the CA WIC App Food Balance page or by calling 1-844-469-3264.

    Questions? Text us at 91997!

    In 2020, WIC expanded the list of approved foods to offer a greater selection of options for families. This was in response to the short supply of food on many grocery store shelves during the pandemic.

    The COVID-19 expanded list of approved foods will no longer be available after June 1, 2021.

    Use the California WIC App or the WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide to make sure you purchase the right foods on your food balance.

    We strongly encourage you to use the WIC Food Scan feature in the California WIC App when shopping for your WIC foods.

    On June 11, the National WIC Association (NWA) published a report entitled, The WIC Food Package: Impacts and Recommendations to Advance Nutrition Security. The report provides the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with NWA’s recommendations for an enhanced WIC food package. USDA plans to reevaluate WIC’s food packages in the fiscal year 2022.

    Highlights of NWA’s Recommendations

    • Increase the Cash Value Benefit (CVB) across all child and adult food packages.
    • Allow substitutions of non-dairy alternatives that meet nutrient requirements.
    • Allow Substitutions for allergies, sensitivities, vegetarian and vegan diets.

    Click here to see the full report.

    Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), issued the following statement:

    “The WIC food package is the carrot that brings moms, their babies, and young children to WIC. There, they find nutrition professionals who deliver invaluable nutrition supports and connect them to crucial health care and social services. Together, these supports save America and American taxpayers valuable healthcare dollars to the tune of $2.48 for every dollar invested in WIC. Where else can you get that kind of a return? But the carrot is no longer enough. To make the juice worth the squeeze, families need a whole basket of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, eggs, and other healthy foods. Now is the time to make meaningful investment in the best hook to get more moms and their families into WIC – doubling the value of the WIC food package.

    President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 federal budget doubles down on the Administration’s ongoing commitment to building nutrition security, starting with the nutrition needs of the pregnant and postpartum women, babies, and young children served by WIC. The American Rescue Plan Act’s temporary expansion of the value of the WIC food benefit has brought historic investment in access to healthy foods for WIC families this summer, and NWA wholeheartedly supports the White House’s proposed extension of this increase through fiscal year 2022. Still, the bumped up fruit and vegetable benefit needs to continue long after the shadow of COVID-19 is gone. Enhancing WIC access and benefits are the most straightforward steps to building stronger nutrition security for millions of families. “With increased investment, NWA is confident that doubling WIC’s food benefit will bring more families closer to the nutrient recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – a critical step to further reduce rates of childhood obesity, bring down healthcare costs, and set up our children for future life success. This report and its recommendations point policymakers toward real solutions to expanding the value of the food package, ensuring that WIC families get real value for their efforts, and that America gets the full bang for investing in WIC families.”

    Calling all WIC Families! PHFE WIC invites you Dad’s chat as we celebrate Father’s day on June 18 at 5:30 pm. Our chat will feature guest speakers and gift raffles for attendees! Text “Dads18” to RSVP.

    Big things are happening at WIC! Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, every WIC participant 12 months and older will get $35 each month for fruits and vegetables from June through September 2021.

    Join us to learn how your actions can support this temporary benefit increase to become a permanent healthy. We look forward to answering all of your question about WIC and the temporary benefit increase.

    Tuesday, June 15 at 10:00am PDT

    Click here to register for this free live webinar

    Congratulations to the inaugural class of PHFE WIC IBCLC internship graduates! Internship graduates are PHFE WIC staff who have shown a passion for helping parents breastfeed successfully.

    For the past 13 months, 5 interns completed the UCSD lactation course over 2 quarters, completed supervised practice hours, trainings, and mentoring with WIC lactation consultants. Graduates are now eligible to sit for the exam to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.

    We are so proud of this next generation of future IBCLCs and we know that this investment in our staff will pay dividends as they empower and support the parents in our community with their breastfeeding expertise.

    Read what each of the interns had to share about their internship experience below.

    The Future of WIC’s IBCLC Internship

    The next cohort of 4 IBCLC interns began their internship in April 2021. The internship is anticipated to continue yearly to support the education and professionalization of our staff.

    WIC encourages families to stay up to date on vaccinations. We check in regularly with WIC families about their child’s immunization status, provide resources from credible sources, and empower parents to talk to their doctors.

    WIC follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) vaccine recommendations for all populations that it serves. Learn more here about recommended vaccines per age group for children.

    The CDC’s easy-to-read vaccine chart can help you learn what vaccines are recommended for each age and why each are important for keeping your child healthy.

    Have questions about your child’s immunizations? Talk to your child’s pediatrician. Scheduling and attending well-child appointments at the recommended times can ensure your child’s immunizations stay up to date.

    Planning to have a baby soon? Check out the CDC’s recommendations about vaccines before, during and after pregnancy.

    Thinking about getting the COVID-19 vaccine? WIC recommends following the CDC’s advice that states all pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19. WIC encourages you to talk to your doctor about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, although a discussion with your healthcare provider is not required to get vaccinated.

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    Our greatest asset is our staff. They provide our WIC families with high quality nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, referrals, and food benefits each and every day. This year, for the second time, all PHFE WIC staff attended the California WIC Association (CWA) virtual conference to further enhance their skills and knowledge.

    The CWA virtual conference, Resilience: Supporting and Strengthening California Families, was held May 3rd through May 7th, 2021. It was full of insightful and applicable information delivered by incredible speakers.

    Staff learned about topics including:

    • Health equity
    • Lasting habits
    • The safe introduction of meat to babies
    • The connection of culture, trauma, and breastfeeding
    • Leadership and emotional resiliency
    • Perinatal mental health
    • And more!

    We are excited to continue to connect with families remotely and apply the knowledge that we gained at the conference to better support and strengthen all WIC families!

    Read about staff’s favorite parts of the conference:

    “It was a great pleasure to attend CWA’s virtual conference this year!  There couldn’t be a more perfect word than “Resilience” for this year’s theme given the events that have taken place over the last year.  I learned so much that could be applied not only to my career as a WIC Nutritionist, but also in my own personal life.  From learning about leadership and emotional resiliency to learning about how culture, trauma and breastfeeding are connected; CWA covered a wide range of topics and the speakers did a fantastic job at presenting these topics with obvious passion and keeping their virtual audience engaged.” – Fabiola Anguiano (WIC Nutritionist)

    Moms hold a very special place in our hearts at WIC. They are on our staff, our participants, our leaders, and our partners in the community. Moms are a source of so much love, support, insight, strength, and inspiration for the WIC family.

    We wish you the happiest Mother’s Day! WIC celebrates the nurturers and caregivers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and guardians of our children.

    Calling all WIC Men and Dads! PHFE WIC is proud to have hosted its first virtual Dad’s chat event on April 22, 2021. Fathers from California to Texas joined and discussed the challenges they have experienced as father during the COVID pandemic. Challenges discussed ranged from social struggles to comfort food struggle. Fathers shared their approach for the day-to-day challenges that arouse from the pandemic. The event provided the positive reinforcement that fathers are not alone and through power of communication, can overcome the daily obstacles.

    fathers awareness day at 117th St. WIC

    “This was great! Greatly appreciate this event being put together for us and I look forward to the next event!”- Dad’s chat attendee. 

    With the first virtual Dad’s chat event successfully in the books, we welcome you to text “Dadchats” to receive notifications and reminders of future Dads Chat events. This is event is open to all fathers and soon-to-be fathers. A special thanks to Ruben Lopez, RDN for hosting an amazing Dad’s chat for our fathers!  

    In celebration of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17th) we hosted a virtual support circle sponsored by Kaiser Permanente on April 15th.

    Our CinnaMoms staff and other community partners like Watts Health WIC, Northeast Valley WIC, and Public Health Alliance discussed the importance of postpartum visits. Also the signs of postpartum health scares and what to do when they occur, and celebrating Black Mother Joy.

    During the discussion of celebrating Black Mother Joy, our very own staff Bethany and Ericka recited an original poem to uplift our participants called, “A Gift”. In celebration of #BlackJoy, we launched an Instagram Campaign. Using #CinnaMoms4Life for participants to post a picture that defines their joy.

    To bring more attention to Black Maternal Health Week, the White House also released a statement addressing the Black Maternal Health Crisis. This press-release expounded on the initial steps that the Biden-Harris Administration will take through policies aimed for racial and health equity that will improve Black Maternal Health.

    Here at PHFE WIC we are proud to be part of the national effort on ending this public health crisis. With the additional welcomed support from our Executive Branch of Government, it will end.

    #BlackMaternalHealthWeek

    Celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth for the month of March our parent agency Heluna Health highlighted some wonderful women that have created change in public health, and will continue to move agendas forward!

    Click here to read the article:

    In Honor of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17th), join us as we celebrate the joy of Black motherhood. We will let our voices be heard; HEAR Us. We gather to demand quality care to keep our families healthy and thriving. Since 2015, CinnaMoms has been dedicated to creating spaces where breastfeeding is welcomed, improving maternal and infant health outcomes, and mental health awareness amongst our Black families at PHFE WIC. 

    CinnaMoms continues to advocate for Black families in a virtual environment via Zoom, every first and third Thursday of each month. We have Sister Chats to discuss hot topics related to breastfeeding, health, family, parenting and celebrating our Blackness. Other topics discussed are self-care, nutrition, mental health, advocacy, and much more. To celebrate the greatness of our village, we end each support circle with a Dance Party! We do this because #BlackMamasMatter, #BlackBabiesMatter, and #BlackLivesMatter.

    Visit our website www.cinnamoms.org or follow us on social media @cinnamoms_ to check out our upcoming support circles, announcements, and events!

    April 5-11 is National Public Health Week!

    This past year has shown us how important public health is to all of us. WIC plays a critical role in public health by supporting, nourishing, and uplifting our community’s parents and young children to set our nation’s families up with better health and healthy habits for life.

    WIC’s Impact on Public Health

    The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected women and families with young children. PHFE WIC saw a 24% increase in WIC program participation between February 2020 and January 2021. This translates to tens of thousands of infants and young children connected to no-cost healthy foods and more community resources each month.

    WIC participants have healthier birth outcomes. The nutrition education, healthy foods, referrals, and support from WIC during pregnancy has a direct and well-documented impact on pregnant parents and babies.

    Babies of WIC participants have higher average birth weights, lower incidence of low and very low birth weight, lower rates of prematurity, and lower rates of infant mortality.

    Birthing parents who participated in WIC during pregnancy have lower rates of preeclampsia, and lower rates of excessive gestational weight gain.

    Children who participate in WIC are more likely to be up-to-date on their immunizations, are more likely to have access to health care and medical home, have lower rates of anemia, show improved cognitive development and academic achievement, and exhibit lower rates of obesity.

    WIC helps parents reach their breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding rates of WIC participants have increased by 43% since 2002.

    Nutrition education from WIC positively affects eating habits. The National WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2 showed that 70% of WIC caregivers reported that they changed their feeding practices because of something that they learned at WIC. Parents who participated in the study also reported that the nutrition education, information and advice they received from WIC is as important to them as the food.

    WIC is a wise investment. A 2019 study by Niangono, et al. showed that every $1 spent on WIC during pregnancy resulted in mean savings of $2.48 ($1.24-$6.83).

    The deadline to file your taxes has been extended to  Monday, May 17, 2021!

    Free File Income Tax Resources

    Free tax filing assistance is available through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for people who qualify.  Check out these free tax prep resources and see if you qualify here.

    4 Tax Credits for Parents

    1. Child Tax Credit

    Updates to the current Child Tax Credit (CTC) allow families to receive a $3,000 annual benefit per child, ages 6 to 17, and $3,600 per child under 6.  The payments are temporary and expected to start in July through December 2021.  In the past, families with low income did not receive the full benefits.  Now, you don’t have to be employed to receive CTC.  Additional information about the Child Tax Credit, visit IRS.gov.  Click here to see if your child qualifies for the Child Tax Credit.

    2. Federal Earned Income Tax Credit

    The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit for working people who have earned a low-to-moderate income and must have a Social Security number.  If you qualify, you may see a reduced tax bill or a bigger refund.  Click here to see if you qualify.

    3. California Earned Income Tax Credit

    If you made $30,000 or less last year, you may qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC).  This credit could help reduce your tax bill or increase your refund, and Social Security number is not needed.  If you are eligible for CalEITC and have a child under the age of 6, you may also qualify for the Young Child Tax Credit.

    4. Young Child Tax Credit

    If you qualify for CalEITC and have a child under the age of 6 as of the end of the tax year, you may also qualify for the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) and receive up to $1,000 through this credit.

    Note: Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) holders only qualify for the CalEITC and the state YCTC, not the federal EITC.

    We at PHFE WIC are heartbroken by the troubling rise in anti-Asian sentiments and violence, and we stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

    To our Asian participants, coworkers, community—you are cherished and welcome at WIC. We are committed to supporting and uplifting families of all races, cultures and backgrounds. There is no room for xenophobia, racism, or hate here.

    Click here to read the message from our program partners, Heluna Health Board of Directors, and their commitment to health equity and condemning racism.

    For resources on how to aid the AAPI community on fighting hate and structural racism, visit AdvancingJustice-LA.org

     

    The CinnaMoms African American Breastfeeding and Motherhood Support Program is an accessible and welcoming service to parents that goes beyond PHFE WIC core services.  CinnaMoms offers culturally relevant information facilitated by a qualified team of African American Certified Lactation Educators, Lactation Consultants, Nutritionists, and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors.

    In partnership with Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills, CinnaMoms invites you to join a virtual breastfeeding support group held every first and third Thursday of the month, beginning January 2021.  The overarching goal is to increase virtual breastfeeding support for African American women.  Throughout the year, the virtual support groups will feature guest appearances from Lactation Consultants throughout the region.

    For more details visit https://www.cinnamoms.org/events

    PHFE WIC 对于现在仇恨亚太裔暴力事件的激增感到非常的痛心, 我们会与亚裔和太平洋岛民社区站在同一阵线上来提供我们的声援以及支持

    WIC 会永远的欢迎以及珍惜我们的亚太裔参加者, 工作人员,家人, 朋友, 以及社区。  我们永远会秉持着提供支持和协助给予各个种族,族群,文化和背景的家庭。这里没有仇外,种族歧视或仇恨的余地。

    有关如何帮助亚太裔社区对抗仇恨和结构性种族歧视的资讯,请至AdvancingJustice-LA.org

    给亚太裔个人以及社区的资讯

    Stop AAPI Hate: Safety Tips and Know Your Rights

    Legal Support and Advocacy: Asian Americans Advancing Justice(AAAJ)

    Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council

    Mental Health America: Asian American Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: Asian American and Pacific Islander Resources.

    Asian Mental Health Project: “Stay In, Check-In” Community Wellness Check-in

    反种族歧视的资讯

    Today: Hohman, Maura. (Mar. 2021). Anti-Asian violence has surged in the US since COVID-19. But it didn’t start there. 

    Learning For Justice: How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism

    Hate Is A Virus.org

    NBC: Anti-Racism Resources to Support Asian American, Pacific Islander Community.

    Urban Wire: Confronting Racism and Supporting Asian Communities in the Wake of COID-19.

    Mashable: How You Can Support the Safety of Asian Americans with Attacks on he Rise. 

    Electric Lit: A Literary Guide to Combat Anti-Asian Racism in America.

    CNBC: How to Support Asian American Colleagues Amid the Recent Wave of Anti-Asian Violence 

    Hollaback: Free Virtual Bystander Intervention Trainings.

     

    我们诚挚的邀请您参加由美国众议院议员赵美心女士主持的直播活动来一起了解如何提供支持给亚太裔社区。

    现在注册: https://chutakano.splashthat.com/

    PHFE WIC의 우리 모두는 반 아시아인 정서와 폭력의 급격한 증가에 마음이 아프며 아시아계 미국인 및 태평양 섬 주민 커뮤니티의 연대와 함께합니다.

    아시아인 WIC참여자, 동료 및 커뮤니티 여러분, WIC은 여러분을 소중히 여기며 환영합니다. 우리는 모든 인종, 문화 및 배경의 가족들을 지원하고 고양시키기 위해 최선을 다하고 있으며 외국인 혐오나 인종 차별, 또는 증오는 있을수 없습니다.

    증오와 구조적 인종 차별에 맞서 싸우는 AAPI 커뮤니티를 지원하는 방법에 대한 정보는 AdvancingJustice-LA.org를 검색하십시오.

    아시아계 미국인 및 태평양 섬 주민 개인 및 커뮤니티를위한 자료

    Stop AAPI Hate: Safety Tips and Know Your Rights

    Legal Support and Advocacy: Asian Americans Advancing Justice(AAAJ)

    Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council

    Mental Health America: Asian American Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: Asian American and Pacific Islander Resources.

    Asian Mental Health Project: “Stay In, Check-In” Community Wellness Check-in

    반인종차별에대한 정보를 얻고 조치를 취할 수있는 자료

    Today: Hohman, Maura. (Mar. 2021). Anti-Asian violence has surged in the US since COVID-19. But it didn’t start there.

    Learning For Justice: How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism

    Hate Is A Virus.org

    NBC: Anti-Racism Resources to Support Asian American, Pacific Islander Community.

    Urban Wire: Confronting Racism and Supporting Asian Communities in the Wake of COID-19.

    Mashable: How You Can Support the Safety of Asian Americans with Attacks on he Rise. 

    Electric Lit: A Literary Guide to Combat Anti-Asian Racism in America.

    CNBC: How to Support Asian American Colleagues Amid the Recent Wave of Anti-Asian Violence 

    Hollaback: Free Virtual Bystander Intervention Trainings.

    3 월 26 일 Judy Chu 의원이 주최하는 라이브 스트림 이벤트에 함께 참여하셔서 아시안 커뮤니티를 공동으로 지원할 수있는 방법에 대해 자세히 알아보십시오.

    이곳을 클릭하셔서 등록하세요: https://chutakano.splashthat.com/

    Chúng tôi tại WIC rất đau buồn về vấn đề kỳ thị chủng tộc  bạo hành, và chúng tôi đồng hành với cộng đồng Pacific Islander.

    Gửi đến các gia đình WIC Châu Á, đồng nghiệp, cộng đồng Châu Á-  bạn được trân trọng và chào đón tại WIC. Chúng tôi cam kết hỗ trợ và nâng cao các gia đình thuộc mọi chủng tộc, văn hóa và lý lịch.  WIC Không có chỗ cho sự bất đồng, phân biệt chủng tộc, hay sự thù ghét.

    Để biết các tài liệu về cách hỗ trợ cộng đồng AAPI chống lại sự thù ghét và phân biệt chủng tộc có kế hoạch, hãy truy cập AdvancingJustice-LA.org

    Tài liệu dành cho cá nhân và cộng đồng người Mỹ gốc Á và Pacific Islander

    Stop AAPI Hate: Safety Tips and Know Your Rights

    Legal Support and Advocacy: Asian Americans Advancing Justice(AAAJ)

    Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council

    Mental Health America: Asian American Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: Asian American and Pacific Islander Resources.

    Asian Mental Health Project: “Stay In, Check-In” Community Wellness Check-in

    Để biết thêm thông tin và cùng chung tay chống lại nạn phân biệt chủng tộc

    Today: Hohman, Maura. (Mar. 2021). Anti-Asian violence has surged in the US since COVID-19. But it didn’t start there.

    Learning For Justice: How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism

    Hate Is A Virus.org

    NBC: Anti-Racism Resources to Support Asian American, Pacific Islander Community.

    Urban Wire: Confronting Racism and Supporting Asian Communities in the Wake of COID-19.

    Mashable: How You Can Support the Safety of Asian Americans with Attacks on he Rise. 

    Electric Lit: A Literary Guide to Combat Anti-Asian Racism in America.

    CNBC: How to Support Asian American Colleagues Amid the Recent Wave of Anti-Asian Violence 

    Hollaback: Free Virtual Bystander Intervention Trainings.

    Chúng tôi mời bạn tham gia với chúng tôi trong sự kiện phát trực tiếp vào ngày 26 tháng 3, do Dân biểu Judy Chu chủ trì, để tìm hiểu thêm về cách chúng tôi có thể hỗ trợ chung cho cộng đồng châu Á của mình.

    Hãy bấm vào đây để đăng ký: https://chutakano.splashthat.com/

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also called the “COVID-19 Stimulus Package”, is a $1.9 trillion economic rescue package to accelerate United States’ recovery from the destructive economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021.

    What is in the COVID-19 Stimulus Package?

    • Direct Payments: $1,400 per individual, and an additional $1400 for each dependent claimed on your taxes, $2,800 for joint filers
    • Unemployment: Extends pandemic unemployment programs through September 6th
    • State and Local Funding: Provides $360 billion to help state, local, tribal and territorial governments combat the effects of COVID-19
    • Education: Provides $122.8 billion for grants to states to support local educational agencies in addressing learning loss
    • Child Care: Provides $24 billion for grants for child care providers
    • Child Tax Credit: Increases the maximum credit to $3,600 for children under 6 years old and $3,000 for other children up to 18 years old

    What does this mean for WIC families?

    The rescue plan provides funding for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which includes enhancing our WIC benefits for four months and additional funding for our outreach, innovation, and program modernization.

    A BIG increase to fruit and vegetable benefit is coming soon! WIC participants currently receive $9-11 for fresh fruits and vegetables per individual. This is expected to temporarily increase to $35 per individual starting in the June 1, 2021, lasting through September 2021.

    Be sure to file your taxes and claim your child tax credits!

    Click here to learn more about the 4 tax credits for parents and resources for tax filing.

    Could my tax refund or my stimulus check disqualify me from the WIC program?

    No! Tax refunds and stimulus checks are not included when your income is assessed for WIC program eligibility. Receiving a stimulus check or tax refunds will not cause you to become disqualified from the WIC program.

    Exciting Changes Coming Soon to WIC

    The funding for the American Rescue Plan will allow us to enhance WIC services to better support our WIC families.

    • Simplified application process
      • Allowing families to screen for eligibility or complete the first phase of certification online.
    • Improved referral networking
      • Funding for local partnerships between WIC clinics and physicians.
      • Federal level partnerships with Medicaid, SNAP, and the Indian Health Service to improve cross-enrollment.
    • Modern shopping experiences
      • Options for online ordering, online payments, and home delivery.
      • Integrated transactions across WIC CVB, WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and SNAP benefits.

    The Wise Investment in our Children Act (WIC Act) was reintroduced in both the House and the Senate on Thursday, March 18th. It is sponsored by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jennifer González-Colón (R-PR), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Kim Schrier (D-WA), and Don Young (R-AK).

    The WIC Act is critical legislation that will allow WIC to further improve maternal and child health outcomes in the United States by increasing the program’s accessibility to women and children. The National WIC Association (NWA) estimates that approximately 600,000 children and nearly one million women could receive extended nutrition support and provide 1.65 million families with administrative relief.

    The WIC Act identifies the following three common-sense steps to strengthen access to the WIC program:

    • Extend child eligibility to age six or the beginning of kindergarten to help ensure there are no nutritional gaps before all children begin school.
    • Extend postpartum eligibility to two years to improve maternal health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and prevent maternal mortality.

    These steps are necessary to improve the outcomes that are obtained through higher WIC participation and prepare families for future success and healthy development.

    We need national congressional support to pass the WIC Act! Show your support by sharing and retweeting these posts on social media. Be sure to use the hashtag #WICAct!

    Happy National Nutrition Month®!

    This March we are reaching out to spread the word—make every bite count for a healthy diet.  The California WIC Program helps families buy nutritious foods and provides no-cost nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, healthcare referrals, and healthy lifestyle tips.

    This year our staff is reflecting on what nutrition means to them.

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    WIC services are available online, by phone, or by video. WIC offices remain closed to the public until further notice to protect the health and safety of our WIC families as well as our team members.

    Please do NOT visit your WIC office, unless instructed by one of our staff members.

    New to WIC

    If you are pregnant or have a child under age 5 and need assistance, please apply for benefits onlineMen, dads, grandparents, foster parents, and caretakers can apply for WIC benefits for their children under age 5. WIC is not a part of public charge. It is safe to use and does not affect immigration status for anyone who is currently in the U.S. The WIC application process can be completed by video or phone. You will receive your food benefits within a few days if you qualify.

    Already Enrolled in WIC

    Text 91997 to SCHEDULE or RESCHEDULE an appointment.

    If you HAVE an appointment, please expect a call in the morning before 12 PM or afternoon before 5 PM on your appointment day. Additionally, we ask that you are prepared to provide any required paperwork during your appointment.

    If your next appointment is a class, you will receive a text reminder to complete a class online on or before your appointment day.

    Your Benefits May Be Available

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    Due to COVID-19, benefits may be added to your WIC card automatically. Please use the California WIC App or call 844.469.3264 to check your food balance.

    If benefits HAVE BEEN added to your card, please review your:

    • Benefits balance to ensure it looks correct.
    • Benefit start and end dates, as these may have changed.
    • Next appointment date.

    Please send a text to 91997 if you need to make changes to your foods. If everything looks correct, you may begin using your benefits as soon as they are available to you.

    If benefits HAVE NOT been added to your card, text 91997 to schedule a phone or video appointment. Your WIC counselor will add benefits to your card during your appointment.

    Need a new WIC card?

    If your WIC card has been lost, stolen, or damaged, please request a new WIC card using the WIC Card Replacement Form. We will notify you by text when your card has been mailed. You can expect to receive it within 5 business days. Visit www.myfamily.wic.ca.gov to watch a video about the WIC card.

    Shopping for WIC foods

    Use your WIC card to purchase WIC-approved foods at any California WIC authorized grocery store. Find WIC-approved grocery stores online, or on the California WIC App (available for free download in your app store).

    We recommend using the California WIC App to help you confirm WIC-approved foods, brands, and sizes. 

    If you cannot shop for your WIC foods, a trusted family member can shop using your WIC card.

    Breastfeeding Support

    If you have a breastfeeding peer counselor, please contact them directly by phone, text or email.

    Our Infant Feeding Helpline is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 888.278.6455 to answer your infant feeding and baby behavior questions. We can connect you with a lactation consultant to support you and walk you through any breastfeeding challenges.

    If you would like more information about breastfeeding and COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health website has up-to-date information for families.

    Connect and learn with other parents from the comfort of your home or on the go at WIC online group classes. Group classes are offered in English and Spanish.

    Join the class using any smart device following these 3 simple steps!

    1. If you don’t already have the Zoom app on your phone or tablet, download it now. You are not required to make a Zoom account, but it’s not a problem if you already have one.

    2. Find the class day and time that works best for you.

    3. Click the class name at the time of the event.

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