The California WIC App – Scheduled Maintenance

The CA WIC App will be unavailable beginning Saturday, August 14 at 10:00 pm, and will be back online Sunday, August 15 at 3:00 am.  Shopping for your WIC benefits will not be impacted, but you will not be able to use the app while the maintenance occurs.

When the system maintenance is complete, the CA WIC app will be monitored to ensure there are no issues. Thank you for your patience.

Get the latest version. Update your WIC app!

CA WIC App for iPhone CA WIC App for Android

Trouble logging in?

Once you update your WIC app, you may have to reenter your login credentials.

  • Click Forgot Password
  • Enter your Email Address, WIC Card Number, Birth Date, and Zip Code
  • Create a new password
  • Click Register
  • Enter your Email Address, WIC Card Number, Birth Date, and Zip Code. If you do not have an email address you can make one up. Nothing will be sent to that email address.

WIChealth.org – Nutrition Education On The Go

WIChealth.org is WIC’s online nutrition education portal available exclusively to WIC participants. Parents and caretakers can use this website to complete WIC education appointments online while learning learn about healthy habits and child development to build the foundation for a lifetime of good health.

WIChealth.org Features

  • Kid-approved healthy recipes in the Health eKitchen portal!
  • Lessons and articles about nutrition and health topics for the whole family.
  • Six NEW lessons added that focus on preparing families for their newborn baby and what to expect after the delivery.
  • Community blog to share lessons learned and connect with other parents.

Create your Account!ˇ

Your first time visiting wichealth.org you will need to click the Sign Up button to register for account. You will need the following information to register a new WIChealth.org account:

  1. Agency – “PHFE”
  2. Clinic – select the WIC office you used to go to/ closest to your home
  3. Family ID number – log in to wiconlineeducation.org with your WIC card number. Once you are logged in, you will receive your 9 digit Family ID number and you will be redirected to WIChealth.org.

Trouble logging in? Need assistance? Text Need ID + your first and last name and date of birth to 91997.

 

WIC Farmers’ Market Program

The Annual WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program starts in late July! WIC families are eligible to receive Farmers’ Market checks (vouchers) worth $28 for fresh fruits and vegetables this summer. To find farmers’ markets that accept the WIC vouchers, visit FMFinder.org and search for markets that accept WIC & Senior FMNP, use California WIC’s Farmers’ Market search tool here, or see the list of local farmers’ markets below.

All of PHFE WIC’s farmers’ market vouchers have been reserved for Summer 2021

If you signed up for the farmers market voucher waitlist, your vouchers will be mailed to you in late July. You will be notified via text when they have been mailed.

WIC Farmers’ Market checks Accepted here:

Spend your vouchers before November 30, 2021!

County
Farmers' Market
Address
Day and Time
Los AngelesEast Hollywood 5448 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, 90027Monday 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Rosemead
8838 E Valley Blvd. Rosemead, 91770Monday 5pm - 9pm
Norwalk12700 Norwalk Blvd. Norwalk, 90650

Tuesday 9am - 1pm
Wilmington470 Hawaiian Ave. Wilmington, 90744Tuesday 10am - 2pm
Culver City3800 Main St, Culver City, 90232Tuesday 2pm - 7pm
Sherman Oaks14006 Riverside Dr. Sherman Oaks, 91423Tuesday 3pm - 7pm
Old LAN Ave 58 & N Figueroa St. Highland Park, 90042Tuesday 3pm - 8pm
Santa Monica2nd St. and Arizona Ave. Santa Monica, 90401Wednesday 8am - 1pm
Miracle Mile5700 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, 90036Wednesday 11am - 3pm
Adams and Vermont1432 W Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, 90007Wednesday 2pm - 6pm
Lincoln Heights2800 N Broadway, Los Angeles, 90031Wednesday 3pm - 8pm
Central Avenue4301 S Central Ave. Los Angeles, 90011Thursday 10am - 3pm
Union Station800 N Alameda St. Los Angeles, 90012Thursday 11am - 3pm
La Cienega1835 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, 90035Thursday 2pm - 7pm
East Hollywood5448 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, 90027Thursday 3:30pm - 7:30pm
South Pasadena913 Meridian Ave. South Pasadena, 91030Thursday 4pm - 8pm
Monterey Park1950 Wilcox Ave. Monterey Park, 91755Thursday 5pm - 9pm
Paramount15500 Downey Ave. Paramount, 90723Friday 9am - 2pm
Echo Park1146 Logan St. @ Sunset Blvd, LA, 90026Friday 3pm - 7:30pm
Covina400 N Citrus Ave. Covina, 91723Friday 5pm - 8pm
Monrovia700 S Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, 91016Friday 5pm - 9pm
BurbankN Glenoaks Blvd. & E Olive Ave. Burbank, 91501Saturday 8am - 12:30pm
Downtown Santa Monica3rd St. Promenade on Arizona Ave. Santa Monica, 90401Saturday 8am - 1pm
Pasadena Victory Park2925 E Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, 91107Saturday 8:30am - 12:30pm
Downey11102 La Reina Ave. Downey, 90241Saturday 7:30am - 1pm
Pomona ValleyPearl St & Garey Ave, Pomona, 91767Saturday 9am - 1pm
West Covina195 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, 91790Saturday 9am - 1pm
East Los Angeles4801 E 3rd St. East Los Angeles, 90022Saturday 8am - 1pm
Crenshaw4020 Marlton Ave @ King St, Los Angeles, 90008Saturday 10am - 3pm
Temple City9701 E Las Tunas Dr. Temple City, 91780Sunday 7:30am - 12:30pm
Alhambra100 S 2nd St. Alhambra, 91801Sunday 8:30am - 1pm
ClaremontHarvard Ave. N, Claremont, 91711Sunday 8am - 1pm
Hollywood1600 Ivar Ave. Los Angeles, 90028Sunday 8am - 1pm
Santa Monica Main St.2640 Main St. Santa Monica, 90404Sunday 8:30am - 1:30pm
Wellington Square4394 W Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, 90016Sunday 9am - 1pm
Mar Vista12198 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles 90066Sunday 9am - 2pm
Atwater Village3528 Larga Ave. Los Angeles, 90039Sunday 9am - 2pm
Larchmont Village209 N Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, 90004Sunday 10am - 2pm
Melrose Place8400 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, 90069Sunday 10am - 2pm
Orange CountyIrvine Regional Park1 Irvine Park Rd. Orange, 92869Tuesday 9am - 1pm
Downtown Santa Ana3rd St. and Bush, Santa Ana, 92701Tuesday 3pm - 7pm
Fullerton801 W Valencia Dr. Fullerton, 92832Wednesday 8am - 1pm
Tustin245 El Camino Real, Tustin, 92780Wednesday 9am - 1pm
Costa MesaFair Dr. Costa Mesa, 92626Thursday 9am - 1pm
Downtown Anaheim205 W Center St Promenade @ Lemon St, Anaheim, 92805Thursday 11am - 3pm
Downtown Fullerton121 E Wilshire Ave. Fullerton, 92832Thursday 4pm - 8:30pm
Laguna HillsEl Toro Rd. & I-5, Laguna Hills, 92653Friday 9am - 1pm
Huntington BeachMain St. & Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 92648Friday 1pm - 5pm
Irvine5001 Newport Coast Dr. Irvine, 92603Saturday 8am - 12noon
Laguna Beach521 Forest Ave. Laguna Beach, 92651Saturday 8am - 12noon
Laguna NiguelLa Paz & Pacific Park, Laguna Niguel, 92677Sunday 8am - 12noon
San BernardinoRialto290 W Rialto Ave. Rialto, 92376Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Helendale26540 Vista Rd. Helendale, 92342Wednesday 3pm - 7pm
Wrightwood1275 CA-2, Wrightwood, 92397Friday 4pm - 7pm
Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce2625 Whispering Pines Dr. Running Springs, 92382Saturday 9am - 1pm
Upland435 N Euclid Ave. Upland, 91786Saturday 9am - 2pm

The Farmers’ Market program is for a limited time only! 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”.

New report urges USDA to Increase WIC Benefits Permanently!

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.”

Register Here: Live WIC Webinar on June 15!

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

Infant Rice Cereal and Mushroom Recall

The National WIC Association (NWA) has sent a request with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) to actively engage the FDA regarding safety limits for heavy metals and provide guidance to WIC families.

Beech-Nut Nutrition recalls Infant Rice Cereal

Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall for Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice Cereal, UPC 52200034705, that has an expiration date of 01MAY2022.

Consumers who may have purchased Beech-Nut Infant Rice Cereal (8 oz.) with product codes: 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX with expiration of 01MAY2022 should discard the product.

Consumers can call 1-866-272-9417, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., for further information on obtaining an exchange or a refund.

For more Beech-Nut Nutrition recall information

Guan’s Mushroom Co. recalls Enoki Mushroom

Guan’s Mushroom Co. recalls Enoki Mushroom (Product of China) that comes in a 200g/ 7.05 oz, clear plastic package, UPC 810023170303. Product code is RY3428A or RY3434A in the front bottom.

These mushrooms have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Currently, no illnesses have been reported to date.

However, consumers who have purchased these mushrooms recently are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund and/or discard the product. Consumers with questions can call 1-323-223-1188, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more mushroom recall information

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

Congratulations Lactation Consultant Interns Class of 2021!

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.

Black Maternal Health Week

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!

What the American Rescue Plan means for WIC Families

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.

Use your WIC Farmers Market vouchers by Nov 30!

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) has wrapped up for the Summer of 2020! This year’s successful farmers’ market provided a total of $636,160 worth of fresh local produce to our WIC participants. If you received the $28 farmers’ market vouchers, don’t forget to SPEND THEM at the farmers’ market before November 30, 2020.

All of PHFE WIC’s farmers market vouchers have been claimed for 2020. If you did not get a chance to participate in the WIC FMNP this year, please know that you can shop at many farmers markets using your WIC card! Search your zip code here to find other farmers’ markets near you. Markets with a red apple accept the WIC card as payment.

See the list below for farmers’ markets that accept the WIC farmers’ market vouchers.

Order a WIC Farm Box for Curbside Pickup!

WIC Farm boxes offer a fast and safe way to spend your $28 Farmers Market vouchers. Each box includes prepackaged produce, and is available for curbside pickup at select Farmers Markets in Los Angeles. Please order up to one week before the farmers market. *Deadline to order from a market will be 8PM the day before the pickup date*

Click here to order your box.

Farmers' Market
Address
Day and Time
Adams and Vermont
1432 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007Monday 5pm - 9pm
East Hollywood 5448 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90027Monday/Thursday 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Wilmington470 Hawaiian Ave, Wilmington, 90744Tuesday 10am - 2pm
Culver CityEast of Main St & Culver City, 90232Tuesday 2pm - 7pm
Santa Ana3rd St & Bush, Santa Ana, 92701Tuesday 3pm - 7pm
Tustin
245 El Camino Real, Tustin, 92780Wednesday 9am - 1pm
Adams & Vermont
St. Agnes Church, 1432 W Adams Blvd, LA, 90007 Wednesday 2pm - 6pm
Downtown Anaheim205 W Center St Promenade @ Lemon St, Anaheim, 92805Thursday 11am - 2pm
La Cienega1835 S La Cienega Blvd @ Plaza La Cienega, LA, 90035Thursday 2pm - 7pm
Monterey Park1950 Wilcox Ave @ George Elder Park, Monterey Park, 91755Thursday 5pm - 9pm
Echo Park
(FINAL DAY Nov 20)
1146 Logan St @ Sunset Blvd, LA, 90026Friday 3pm - 7:30pm
Covina444 N Citrus Ave, Covina, 91723Friday 5pm - 9pm
Cerritos17870 Park Plaza Dr @ Towne Center Dr, Cerritos, 90703Saturday 8am - 1pm
East Los Angeles4801 E 3rd St across from Belvedere Park, LA, 90022Saturday 9am - 2pm
Pomona ValleyPearl St & Garey Ave, Pomona, 91767Saturday 9am - 1pm
West Covina195 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, 91790Saturday 9am - 1pm
Crenshaw4020 Marlton Ave @ King St, Los Angeles, 90008Saturday 10am - 3pm

= Locations that host Market Match! Market Match doubles your cash or EBT to use at select farmers’ markets every week.
= Locations that offer farm boxes for curbside pickup.

Visit fmfinder.org or m.wic.ca.gov to find other farmers’ markets to shop with your WIC farmers’ market vouchers.

Here are some tips to remember while shopping at your local Farmers’ Market using FM vouchers.

NEW! WICHealth.org Online Education

We are excited to announce that PHFE WIC participants can now complete their nutrition education online at wichealth.org, a patented, online behavior change system designed to meet the nutrition education needs of our WIC families.

We encourage you to use additional tools available on wichealth.org including Health eKitchen; fun, interactive lessons; and articles about nutrition and health topics that are relevant to families with growing children.

Health eKitchen

A collection of kid-approved, parent-tested healthy recipes for your family using WIC foods as ingredients.

Nutrition and Health Lessons

Learn more about introducing solids to your infant, teaching your baby to use a cup, dental health, and so much more. Develop new skills that will keep your family happy and healthy.

Create Your Account

There are several pieces of information you will need to make your WIChealth account:

  1. Agency – “PHFE”
  2. Clinic – select the WIC office you used to go to/ closest to your home
  3. Family ID number – log in to wiconlineeducation.org with your WIC card number. Once you are logged in, you will receive your 9 digit Family ID number and you will be redirected to WIChealth.org.

Trouble logging in? Need assistance? Text “Need Fam ID + your first/last name and date of birth” to 91997

WIC Card Shopping Tips and Support

We know you’ll love shopping with your new WIC card. Here are some tips for success.

Find a Grocery Store:

Click here for a directory of WIC approved grocery stores that currently accept the WIC card. If you’d like to go to a grocery store that is not on this list, call the store before you go to ask if they accept the WIC card.

Call for Assistance:

Call the WIC Card Shopper Support line at 1-800-852-5770 for assistance from a live support person from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (not including holidays).

Check your WIC Food Balance:

There are several ways to check your WIC food balance:

  1. Call the phone number on the back of your WIC card: 1-844-4MY-FAMILY (1-844-469-3264).
  2. Use the free CA WIC App on your smart phone. (iPhone) (Android)
  3. Ask the cashier or customer service desk at the store to print out your WIC Food Balance.
  4. Look at your store receipt from your last shopping trip.
  5. Get a printout at your WIC office.

Scan as you Shop:

Use the free CA WIC App to scan your WIC foods before heading to the register. Scanning an item will tell you if it is WIC approved and if it is available to you as a current benefit on your card.

Understand Your WIC Foods in Ounces:

Use this guide to help you purchase the right amount of foods issued in ounces to get the most from your benefits.

Clementine the Trolley visits WIC!

Our second Clementine Mobile Food Pantry event of 2020 was a success! Hosted by our own Santa Ana East WIC on Wednesday, June 24 the trolley provided free boxes of food and other essentials to over 70 WIC families.

Clementine is a colorful mobile food pantry that serves Orange County through Community Action Partnership Orange County and The OC Food Bank. The trolley is normally stocked like a supermarket with many essential items such as fruits, vegetables, diapers, soaps, and more. Special modifications have been made during the COVID-19 pandemic to follow social distancing protocols.

The Clementine Trolley will be back in a couple months! PHFE WIC participants can send a text to 91997 and ask to sign up for the next Clementine event.

Call 1-844-469-3264 to check your WIC food balance

Attention WIC Participants!

Your June WIC benefits may have been automatically added to your card. Check the California WIC app or call the phone number on the back of your WIC card to check your food balance: 1-844-4MY-FAMILY (1-844-469-3264).

WIC App Technical Difficulties

Some users of the California WIC App are currently experiencing technical difficulties. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If you are unable to use the WIC app, call 1-844-469-3264 to check your food balance. 

WIC Appointments

WIC appointments are online and by phone until further notice. If you have an appointment scheduled for this month, please expect a phone call from WIC on the day of your appointment.

Need Help?

To request a change to your benefits or make an appointment, send a text to 91997. 

Join a Breastfeeding Support Group!

August marks Breastfeeding Awareness Month! PHFE WIC program will be hosting breastfeeding support groups at various WIC centers this month. Find a support group near you in the list below.

Activities vary by location. Some activities to look forward to include family/baby portraits, children’s crafts, raffle prizes, snacks, breastfeeding certificates, story time with local librarians, and great conversation with other breastfeeding mothers.

Date and Time
WIC Center and Address
Language(s)
August 29 at 11:00am
Maple WIC
English and Spanish
August 29 at 11:30am
Lincoln WIC
English and Spanish
August 30 at 11:00am
English