The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program designed to improve the health of low-income pregnant women, new mothers, children below 5 years old and infants through better nutrition and access to health care. Under the administration of the Virginia Department of Health, the state of Virginia operates a successful WIC Program.

The Virginia WIC Program recently introduced Health Bites, an online nutrition education tool designed to help WIC participants and Virginia families enjoy healthier lives. The interactive website provides both fun and informative nutrition videos as well as simple healthy recipes. WIC participants are also allowed to complete modules and receive WIC nutrition education credit through the website. 

To be able to qualify for the Virginia WIC Program, you must meet categorical, residential, income and nutrition risk requirements. 

  • Pregnant, lactating, postpartum women and infants and children up to the age of 5
  • Must be a resident of Virginia
  • Must have a medical or nutritional risk (to be determined by a WIC professional at the clinic)
  • Must meet the WIC income guidelines (185% of the federal poverty level)

One of the major benefits that WIC participants get is the healthy food packages/ special checks to buy nutritious foods that the program provides. These can be bought from WIC approved grocers located all throughout the state of Virginia. Among these nutritious foods are fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables, cereal, whole grains, juice, milk, egg, beans and infant formula. 

For more information, visit the Virginia WIC website or call them at (804) 864-7800.