WIC: Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program
Government Shutdown Update
October 2, 2013: ND WIC will continue operations as normal for now and families should continue going to the WIC clinics and using their WIC benefits. Stores should continue honoring checks. WIC staff will continue providing services to eligible families. The USDA is busy exploring ways to make sure that families continue to receive benefits, at least in the near term, thanks to some special funds. ND WIC is not sure how long we will be able to continue offering benefits, as the funding landscape changes daily. At this time we believe we have enough funds to cover the next 2-3 weeks. Clearly, the sooner Congress comes to a decision on a continuing resolution to fund government, the better for all involved including WIC families. State staff will continue monitoring the situation on a daily basis. If we need to later reduce or restrict benefit issuance we will let everyone know, as soon as possible.
WIC provides nutrition education, referrals to other services and checks for healthy foods to pregnant women, new and breastfeeding moms, infants and children under age five who meet income guidelines or are on medical assistance. A family of three can make $36,131 (before taxes and deductions) and qualify for WIC.
Foods offered include fresh fruits and vegetables, cereal, milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, canned beans and infant formula that you purchase from local grocery stores. WIC supports breastfeeding of all babies; and provides breastfeeding support, classes and individual counseling for moms and babies.
To find out if you qualify for WIC, call the main Fargo office at 701-277-1455. This office is open:
- Monday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
North Dakota Department of Health WIC page
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), is a Federal agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, responsible for administering the WIC Program at the national and regional levels.