Your First WIC Appointment

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

• Driver's license or ID

• 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

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营养

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

• 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

• 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

• Toa thuốc Vitamin cho phụ nữ mang thai

• Những bằng chứng khác

More Fruits and Veggies 2021

On September 30, 2021, Congress voted to extend the increased fruit and vegetable WIC benefits for three MORE months, October through December 2021. Prior to the increased fruit and vegetable amounts that went into effect in June 2021, children received $9 each month and adults received $11 each month with WIC Benefits. This extension of increased fruit and vegetables through December aligns WIC benefits with expert dietary recommendations.

WIC benefit changes

The following changes have been made to fruit and vegetable amounts:

$24 each month for children ages 1-4

$43 each month for pregnant and postpartum participants

$47 each month for breastfeeding and chestfeeding postpartum participants


A message to WIC participants & community partners

WIC participants can now see their updated October benefits on the WIC app!

You can help encourage Congress to extend the WIC increase through September 2022 by

  • Spending the full fruit and vegetable benefit each month
  • Sharing your photos and stories on social media using #ExtendtheWICBump
  • Submitting your comments using the button below. We want to know how this increase has impacted you.

Weekend WIC Phone Appointments

Many working families qualify for WIC! We offer weekend appointments by phone two weekends per month to accommodate WIC families’ busy schedules.

Need to schedule a weekend WIC appointment? See below for available appointment days this month. Text the keyword for your preferred appointment day to 91997. If you schedule a weekend phone appointment will receive a call between 8:30 am – 1:00 pm on your appointment day.

DateKeyword
Saturday, October 2ndAPPT2
Saturday, October 23rdAPPT23

Example: If you would like to be called on August 21st, text APPT21 to 91997.

Questions? Text 91997!

Due to COVID-19, WIC services are currently available online and by phone only.

Please do not go to the WIC office.

Happy Anniversary to WIC Online Breastfeeding Support Groups

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!

National WIC Association Conference 2021

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

More fruits & vegetables for WIC families are here!

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!

Vaccinations for a Healthy Family

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.

Have questions about pregnancy, breastfeeding, or chestfeeding and the COVID-19 vaccine? Talk to your doctor!

Find free or low cost immunizations near you!
Immunizations – Free & Low Cost (LA County)
Immunizations – Free & Low Cost (Orange County)
Immunizations – Low Cost (San Bernardino County)


California WIC Association Conference 2021

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)

Support the WIC Act!

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!

Vote in the 2020 Presidential Election!

VOTE BY NOVEMBER 3rd

Have you voted yet? The election season is quickly coming to a close! The last day to cast your ballot is Tuesday, November 3rd. For questions about completing and casting your ballot, scroll down to “Receive, Complete, and Cast Your Ballot by November 3rd.” Forgot to register? Prefer to vote in person? Here is the info you will need!

I forgot to register! What do I do now?

Head to a vote center in your county, polling place, or election office to complete Same Day Voter Registration. You will be able to fill out a registration card AND your ballot. Find a vote center near you!

How can I vote in person? Do I need to bring my mail-in-ballot?

Yes, you can vote in person, even if you are already registered! However, mail-in-voting, dropping off your ballot, is encouraged if possible.

If you live in LA County or Orange County, you do not need to bring your mail-in-ballot if you prefer to fill out your ballot at the polling place. In fact, if your ballot did not arrive in the mail yet, head to your polling place for help!

How can I cast my mail-in-ballot?

Scroll down to “After I fill out my ballot, how do I return it to cast my vote?” to learn about all of the ways to submit your ballot to be counted.

Questions? The LAist FAQ: What to Know about Voting by Mail has answers!

Receive, Complete, and Cast Your Ballot by November 3rd

The 2020 Presidential election is only three weeks away, and it is time to vote! County offices started mailing ballots out to active, registered voters no later than October 5th. If you are not already registered, it is not too late! Scroll down to “Register to Vote by October 19th” to learn about how you can register to participate in this year’s election. Are you already registered? Great! Your ballot should arrive any day now, then you can fill it out and cast your vote.

When will I receive my ballot?

  • Counties started mailing ballots on or before October 5th
    • This means if you are an active, registered voter in CA your ballot will automatically be sent to you in the mail
    • If you have no updated your address since moving, you will need to do so here to ensure your ballot is mailed to the correct address
      • If you have not voted in the last few elections you will also need to check your voter status
    • If you are an inactive voter you can register now and request a mail-in ballot before October 27th
  • Have not received your ballot yet?
    • Use this tool to track your ballot! It will tell you:
      • when a ballot has been mailed to your address on file,
      • when a cast ballot has arrived at the election office, and
      • when your ballot has been counted

How can I learn about all of these different propositions?

  • Ballot propositions are proposals to enact new laws or constitutional amendments or repeal existing laws or constitutional amendments. YOU can vote for or against these propositions to have an impact on the laws and amendments in your state.
  • Learn what a vote YES or a vote NO means for each proposition with these resources:
    • If you prefer to read: Easy Voter Guide
      • available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese
    • If you prefer to watch: calmatters.org
      • includes 1-2 minute videos explaining all of the propositions
    • If you prefer to have a combination of reading + watching: Article by LAist

After I fill out my ballot, how do I return it to cast my vote?

  • Mail it in:
    • Ballots must be post marked ON or BEFORE election day, November 3, 2020 and election officials must receive it by November 20, 2020 to be counted
  • Drop it off before 8 PM at:

Find more information and resources here.

Register to Vote by October 19th

The 2020 Presidential election is less than two months away and we want to provide you with information to ensure your voting experience goes smoothly! Register to vote or update your address TODAY. This will help county offices mail ballots to the correct addresses so that voters can vote-by-mail to help keep communities safe while exercising their constitutional right.

Deadline to Register to vote: October 19th

Who can register? Check here to find out if you are eligible to vote.

When do I need to register or re-register?

  • First time voting
  • Recently moved from another state to California or within your state
  • Recently changed your name

How can I register to vote? Register online today! It is now easier than ever with 10 different language options!

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Hindi
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

You can also register by mail! Stop by your local library, post office, or Department of Motor Vehicles to pick up a CA voter application. Fill it out completely, and drop it in the mail before October 19th to ensure it is post marked in time!

Not sure if you are registered yet or your information is up to date? Go to voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/ to check!

Click on “Check your Registration Status.” Confirm your address to ensure your ballot is mailed to the correct place.

For more information, check out vote.ca.gov! Check back here in the upcoming weeks for more information about the upcoming election!