WIC is NOT a Public Charge

In light of today’s public charge ruling, the good news is that WIC IS NOT CONSIDERED A PUBLIC CHARGE.

Please spread the word that WIC is NOT considered a public charge. All qualifying families should continue participating in the WIC program.

Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), said following in response to the public charge ruling:

“.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.”

Please call (888) 942- 2229 if you have questions about WIC. Visit www.helunahealth.org/news/legal-resources for immigration legal aid resources.

Use your Farmers’ Market checks today!

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program has wrapped up for the Summer of 2019! This year’s successful farmers’ market issued a total $570,000 worth of fruits and vegetables into the homes of WIC recipients. If you received the $20 farmers’ market vouchers, don’t forget to SPEND THEM at the farmers’ market before November 30, 2019. Go to any of the farmers’ markets listed below, or search your zip code here https://m.wic.ca.gov/FarmersMarket/FarmersMarketSearch.aspx to find other farmers’ markets near you. Markets with a red apple accept WIC fruit and vegetable checks.

Farmers' Market
Address
Day and Time
Season
Rosemead8838 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, 91770Monday 5pm - 9pmOpen now until October
Wilmington470 Hawaiian Ave, Wilmington, 90744Tuesday 9am - 3pmYear Round
Tustin245 El Camino Real, Tustin, 92780Wednesday 9am - 1pmYear Round
Adams & VermontSt. Agnes Church, 1432 W Adams Blvd, LA, 90007 Wednesday 2pm - 6pmYear Round
Downtown Anaheim205 W Center St Promenade @ Lemon St, Anaheim, 92805Thursday 11am - 3pmYear Round
La Cienega1835 S La Cienega Blvd @ Plaza La Cienega, LA, 90035Thursday 2pm - 7pmYear Round
Monterey Park1950 Wilcox Ave @ George Elder Park, Monterey Park, 91755Thursday 4pm - 9pmYear Round
Echo Park1146 Logan St @ Sunset Blvd, LA, 90026Friday 3pm - 7:30pmYear Round
Cerritos17870 Park Plaza Dr @ Towne Center Dr, Cerritos, 90703Saturday 8am - 12noonYear Round
Gardena13000 S Van Ness Ave @ Hollypark Church, Gardena, 90249Saturday 8am - 1pmYear Round
East Los Angeles4801 E 3rd St across from Belvedere Park, LA, 90022Saturday 9am - 2pmYear Round
Pomona ValleyPearl St & Garey Ave, Pomona, 91767Saturday 7:30am - 11:30amYear Round
West Covina195 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, 91790Saturday 9am - 1pmYear Round

Market days/hours are subject to change without notice.

Here are some things to remember when shopping with your WIC FM checks.

What you CAN buy with your FM checks:
Fruits
Vegetables
Cut edible herbs

(Organic is allowed)

What you CANNOT buy with your FM checks:
Honey
Eggs
Nuts
Flowers
Baked Goods
Dried Fruits
Plants
Meat / Fish

Apply for CalFresh at WIC

Save your cash for household expenses and use WIC and CalFresh for groceries by adding food dollars to your budget!

To apply for CalFresh at WIC:

Click here to see where CalFresh enrollment services are available near you.

To apply for CalFresh online visit:

LA County – dpssbenefits.lacounty.gov

Orange County – mybenefitscalwin.org

What to bring to apply for CalFresh:

  • Medi-Cal cards or social security numbers (for all applicants in the family)

or

  • Proof of your family’s income and monthly expenses (like rent, utilities, child care, etc.)

Dealing with Emotions During Pregnancy

How you feel is just as important to your health as what you eat. While pregnancy is often the happiest time of many women’s lives, others find themselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or sad. All of these feelings are normal. It is also normal to feel no sadness or depression with one pregnancy, and then feel it with the next pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different.

Here are some tips to feel better and manage your emotions during pregnancy.

Feeling Fatigued?

Changing to a different sleeping position can help us fall and stay asleep. As we lose sleep, many of us feel sadder, grouchy and are generally not ourselves.

Surprisingly, getting up and moving can help give us more energy. If you are not on bedrest and your doctor says it is okay to exercise, gentle exercise such as walking or yoga can help. With any exercise, please listen to your body and do what is comfortable.

Hydration and proper nutrition are also key. Dehydration can masquerade as hunger and sleepiness. Try adding drinking water throughout the day. Healthy foods with fiber, vitamins and minerals give us energy throughout the day. Sugary foods give us quick energy that will leave us wanting a nap.

Is it Baby Blues?

Sadness, also called the “baby blues”, can occur both during and after pregnancy. This can be a strange feeling if you have never experienced sadness or depression before and can be an unwelcomed guest if you have.

Journaling and keeping track of how you feel can help you see your changing emotions. If you note that you are feeling down, depressed, or hopeless 3 days per week, it is time to speak to your doctor.

Do not be afraid to tell your doctor about how you are feeling. Talking to family and friends can be helpful, and it’s great to have a strong support system, but talking with an expert can give you some reliable tools to help. Some women find counseling helpful during their pregnancy because they can speak with an expert who is familiar with prenatal and postpartum depression.

Practicing Self-Care

Self-care is any activity that you do deliberately to take care of your mental, physical, and emotional health. This can be journaling, cooking a healthy meal, gentle exercise, coloring, singing, or spending time with a pet. Self-care doesn’t have to cost anything at all!

6 Things you Should Know About Perinatal Depression:

  1. Perinatal depression is common.
  2. You may experience sadness, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, lack of interest in things you used to enjoy, nervousness, anxiety and more.
  3. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and up to the child’s first year of age.
  4. You did nothing to cause this.
  5. The sooner you get treatment, the better.
  6. There is help for you.

Talk to your doctor and WIC about how you are feeling, or contact Postpartum Support International @ 1-800-944-4773 or www.postpartum.net.

Emotions During Pregnancy is the prenatal health topic of the month at PHFE WIC. For more education topics, visit www.WICOnlineEducation.org.

CinnaMoms Breastfeeding Support Groups in March!

CinnaMoms breastfeeding support groups provide a safe space to discuss life, health, and breastfeeding while breaking down barriers and proving that #BlackWomenDoBreastfeed!

CinnaMoms gather to form a network of support for each other. We encourage pregnant and breastfeeding women to bring the whole village – CinnaDads, CinnaGrands, CinnaBabies and CinnaKids to all of our events.

We host our support groups in five WIC centers that have a high population of African American families. Every day we make a commitment to advocate, encourage, and lend a pair of listening ears to our community. CinnaMoms goes beyond our regular WIC services by providing a safe space to chat about historical feeding practices, cultural perceptions of breastfeeding, familial feeding experiences, and the health benefits of breastfeeding. We discuss interesting and edgy topics that spark conversations about maternal and postpartum health, support systems, and cultural beliefs while enjoying nourishing snacks and many laughs.

March CinnaMoms Support Groups

Mar 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WIC, 975 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
 

Mar 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WIC, 4455 W 117th St, Hawthorne, CA 90250

 

Mar 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

WIC, 1836 W Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90047

 

Mar 27, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

WIC, 15212 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249

 

Mar 27, 2018 at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

WIC, 3667 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

 

Mar 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WIC, 1967 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047

 

To learn more and RSVP for a support group, visit www.CinnaMoms.org. For more breastfeeding support groups information, ask your local WIC office.