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WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that provides food, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, and access to health services for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, & postpartum women, and to infants & children, up to age five, who are found to be at nutritional risk. Fifty-three percent of infants born in the US receive WIC benefits. WIC is administered locally by the Health Department.


What does WIC Provide?

WIC provides supplemental foods to meet the nutrient needs of children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A & C. Participants receive WIC benefits in the form of a debit (Bridge Card) which they may redeem at any WIC authorized retail store throughout Michigan. Click here for a complete list of WIC eligible foods.

Nutrition education is an important component of the WIC Program. Education relates to the nutritional needs of the WIC client(s). Participants with high risk nutrition conditions are referred to a registered dietitian for a nutrition care plan & counseling. Common nutrition education topics include nutrition during pregnancy, infant feeding, nutrition during childhood, and wise food shopping. Click here to access online education.

Breastfeeding Support: A Mother’s milk has everything a baby needs to grow and stay healthy. WIC provides answers to breastfeeding questions and support in the form of peer counselors to help moms and babies with breastfeeding problems. WIC can also help breastfeeding mothers by providing breast pumps to use when returning to work or school.

Referrals: An added benefit of the WIC Program is screening for other health problems and referrals to other appropriate health and social services. These referrals may be for Medicaid, MI-Child, Healthy Kids, Food Stamps, immunizations, child health screening, family planning, and more.


Who is Eligible for WIC?

Applicants must meet all of the following 4 criteria:

1. Fall into one of the following categories:

    • Pregnant Women
    • Breastfeeding Women (up to 1 year from delivery)
    • Postpartum Women (up to 6 months from delivery)
    • Infants
    • Children (up to their 5th birthday)

    2. Resident of the state of Michigan. U.S. Citizenship is not required.

    3. Income eligible or a Medicaid recipient.

    4. Determined by WIC clinic staff to be at nutrition and/or health risk.

    To find out if you qualify for WIC, visit the WIC Prescreening Tool


    Western UP WIC Clinic Locations:

    Baraga County
    Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
    303 Baraga Ave, L’Anse, MI. 49946
    906-524-6142

    Gogebic County
    Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
    210 N Moore St, Bessemer, MI. 49911
    906-667-0200

    Houghton/Keweenaw Counties
    Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
    540 Depot St, Hancock, MI. 49930
    906-482-7382

    Calumet/Laurium — Faith Lutheran Church
    26016 Depot St, Calumet, MI. 49913
    906-482-7382 (Monday–Thursday)
    906-370-8694 (Fridays)

    Ontonagon County
    Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
    408 Copper St, Ontonagon, MI. 49953
    906-884-4485

    For more information about the WIC Program, please visit:

    Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

    US Department of Agriculture

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: USDA Complaint Filing, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    • (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
    • (2) fax: (202) 690-7442 or
    • (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov



    The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is an equal opportunity provider.