WIC Program in Tennessee
The special federally-funded nutrition program WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. The successful program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and helps maintain the health and well-being of eligible individuals through a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding information, promotion and support as well as referrals to health care.
The Tennessee WIC Program, under the administration of the Tennessee Department of Health, serves about 178,000 participants each month and operates at about 140 county health department locations across the state.
Tennessee WIC Program Eligibility Requirements
WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding (up to 12 months) and postpartum (up to 6 months) women, children (up to 5th birthday) and infants. To qualify for Tennessee’s WIC Program, you must:
- Be a resident of Tennessee
- Have a medical or nutritional risk
- Meet the WIC gross income guidelines (currently set at 185% of the poverty level)
One of the biggest benefits of WIC is Nutrition Education. The goal of the Tennessee WIC Program is to stress the importance of good health and proper nutrition to its participants. Aside from personal counseling based on the individual’s nutritional needs, participants are also provided with classes and educational tools. Topics include Exercise during Pregnancy, Physical Activity after You Deliver, Food for a Healthy Mother and Baby, Oral Health for Infants and Children and many more.
Tennessee WIC also offers special checks to buy healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereals, milk, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, infant formula etc.
For questions and other concerns, visit the Tennessee WIC website or call their hotline at (615) 741-7218.