Louis S. Viverito

 

Stickney Public Health District WIC Program

Please call our office to inquire about the program or to make an appointment.

(708)424-9200 x2158


WIC is OPEN!

With the COVID-19 information and policies frequently changing, we want you and your family to be safe along with our Staff.

We have implemented NEW PROCEDURES FOR WIC

In order for this to work efficiently and safely, WIC Staff will call to confirm your scheduled appointment and give you detailed instructions. IF your contact number has changed, we cannot call you with updates. Please contact us at (708) 424-9200 or email us at: WIC@stickneypublichealthdistrict.org with your new phone number.

As a reminder, please check your voice messages.

For those interested in signing up for WIC. Please contact us at 708-424-9200. We appreciate your patience with possible longer wait times for services or returning phone calls.

Keep up to date with coronavirus COVID-19 information at:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Stay Safe!
WIC Staff

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

The WIC program is a special supplementary food and nutrition program sponsored by the USDA. WIC provides nutrition and breastfeeding education, along with nutritious foods and referrals. WIC services pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children (until 5 years of age). Additional information may be obtained at www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-eligibility-requirements.



The Stickney PHD WIC Program welcomes participants who meet the following criteria:

Be an Illinois resident

Be a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman

Be an infant or child through 5 years of age

Meet income guidelines

Have a medical or nutritional need

If you are interested in finding out more about the WIC Program or would like to make an appointment, please contact us at (708) 424-9200 x2158 wic@stickneypublichealthdistrict.org

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at my WIC appointment?

You will be seen by the WIC Clerk who will verify all of your information and explain WIC to you.  Next, you will be seen by the WIC Nurse who will take your height, weight, hemoglobin finger stick (if required) and blood pressure (if required).  The WIC Nutritionist will assess for health and /or nutrition risk factors provide nutrition information and make referrals.  Food Instruments (coupons) are prescribed, produced, and explained.  You may take the food coupons to any WIC approved store for redemption.

What kind of nutritious foods will WIC provide?

WIC Food Packages vary depending on category (Pregnant, Breastfeeding, Postpartum, Infant and Child).   
Food packages may include:
Milk
Cheese
Eggs
100% unsweetened juice
Cereal
Canned tuna or pink salmon
Whole grain choices of:  whole wheat bread, soft corn tortillas, brown rice or oatmeal
Vouchers for fresh, canned, or frozen fruits and vegetables
Peanut butter
Dried peas, beans or lentils
Infant formula
Medically prescribed formula
Infant cereal
Baby food jars of fruit and vegetables
Whole Wheat Pasta

Can I still work and be on the WIC Program?

Yes.  The WIC Program follows the 185% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.

Can I be receiving LINK (food stamps) and WIC at the same time?

Yes.  Your LINK Card is not reduced because you are participating in the WIC Program.

How do I get in touch with the WIC Program?

If you are interested in finding more out about the WIC Program or would like to make an appointment, please contact us at:  708-424-9200 x2158 or wic@stickneypublichealthdistrict.org

 

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WIC Participants:  Interested in doing your nutrition education requirement online?  Visit www.wichealth.org.  This website is available in English and Spanish.  Wichealth.org has great information and can be done at your convenience.  Completed certificates can be printed and brought into the WIC office or emailed to: wic@stickneypublichealthdistrict.org.

Breastfeeding counselor

Meet Stephanie, first time Mom and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Hello everyone! I am Stephanie one of the Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. I am a first time mom to a happy and healthy little boy! One of my biggest accomplishments in life is breastfeeding my son and meeting my six-month goal. We are taking it day by day, and we plan to continue breastfeeding for as long as we can!

I’m a working mama and go to school full time, which means I am mostly away from my son and I wanted to continue to provide my breastmilk for him. You will see me often carrying my work bag, my pump bag, my cooler bag, and backpack! It’s definitely a workout! It is possible to maintain your normal life and breastfeed! It makes me incredibly happy to know I am the reason why my son is thriving. I love seeing all my hard work pay off. I love the special bond that we have, I love when he looks at me and has milk dripping from his smile, and I love that I can breastfeed him ANYWHERE!

Before I started breastfeeding I had no clue what to expect and I wasn’t really sure what to do. It was a learning experience that I am grateful for because now I can share my experiences and knowledge with other moms and help them along their journey. If you are curious about breastfeeding and have questions, please stop in to the WIC office and see me! For breastfeeding support and information or any questions please contact our WIC Office @ 708-424-9200 x2158.