Free Help for Moms

Where are moms to turn when money problems and lack of education prevent them from feeding their children healthy meals? Utah's WIC program, which stands for Women, Infants, and Children, aims to solve this problem by helping moms with children under 5 get supplemental food and nutrition education. WIC has helped families nationwide for over 40 years, and currently serves over 74,000 participants in Utah. All of the services offered through WIC are free. Anyone who qualifies receives access to a dietitian and nutrition staff that will identify nutrition needs, check for underweight or overweight status, and Hemoglobin to screen for possible iron deficiencies. 

WIC also helps expectant moms learn what to eat during pregnancy and breastfeeding. They can get help in the clinic or over the phone from lactation educators. The educators can help new moms tackle issues with breastfeeding and teach them how to use manual and electric breast pumps. Infant and child nutrition classes are also offered though WIC. Moms can learn how to feed their baby, what to feed their baby, foods to avoid until the child has turned one year old, and much more. Nutrition classes for the whole family are also offered. 

To qualify for WIC:
Be pregnant, breastfeeding, or just had a baby
Have a child under 5 years of age
Meet WIC income guidelines or be on Medicaid or Food Stamps
Provide valid ID
Provide proof of Utah residency

For more information:
Facebook fan page: WIC Utah
1-877-WIC-KIDS (942-5437)

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