Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
WIC is a federally funded supplemental nutrition program aimed at ensuring healthy children and reducing infant mortality through prevention of nutritional deficits. The program provides a combination of nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, referrals to service agencies and health care, and free healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, milk, cheese, yogurt, juice, cereal, peanut butter, eggs, tuna, baby food and formula. WIC serves moderate to low income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five.
Nutrition education is a key component of the WIC program. WIC nutritionists provide individual education to WIC participants, and presentations to community groups. Additional nutrition education is available on-line at www.wichealth.org.
Check to see if you may be eligible for WIC benefits.
- Michigan WIC Food Guide (07/11/16)
- How WIC Helps
- Stores in Muskegon County that Accept WIC
- Income Guidelines (Effective June 13, 2018)
- How To Calculate Your Income
WIC Locations in Muskegon County
|Muskegon (Main Location)|
Public Health - Muskegon County
209 E Apple Ave
Muskegon, MI 49442
|Mon, Wed, Thurs, & Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
Tues 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Muskegon Family Care
2201 S Getty St
Muskegon, MI 49444
Mon, Wed, Thurs, & Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Twin Lake United Methodist Church
5940 S Main St
Twin Lake, MI 49457
|Appointment Only |
1st Wed of the month 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
|(231) 724-1391 |
United Methodist Church
12348 Stafford St
Ravenna, MI 49451
|Appointment Only |
2nd Wed of the month 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
White Lake Community Education
541 Slocum St
Whitehall, MI 49461
|Appointment Only |
Mon 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tues 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Information for Medical Providers
What you need to know about medical documentation required to request WIC Special Formulas/Foods
New Medical Documentation Form for physicians
- Instructions for Special Formula/Food Requests
- Form DCH-1326 Michigan WIC Special Formula/Food Request Form [Revised 11/1/15]
During baby’s first year of life, there is no better food than breast milk. Both mother and baby receive many health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits from breastfeeding.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
For babies, breast milk:
- Is an ideal food
- Provides all needed nutrients for the first 6 months of life
- Helps reduce colic, spitting up, and diarrhea
- Protects against illnesses and allergies
- Provides babies with their mothers' immunity to disease
- May promote cognitive development
From mothers, breastfeeding:
- Enhances confidence and self esteem
- Helps the uterus return to shape faster
- May reduce the risk of breast cancer
- May help weight loss occur more rapidly after pregnancy
- Provides breast milk that is always warm, ready to use, economical, and sanitary
- May delay the return of menstrual period
For the breastfeeding mom and baby, breastfeeding:
- Enhances mother-infant bonding
- Is environmentally friendly and saves energy
- Is easy and convenient, once established
- Works best when dad, family, friends, and the community offer support
Local Breastfeeding Resources
- WIC offers breastfeeding Peer Counselors, consultants and lactation specialists. Please call WIC - Muskegon County at
231-724-1392 to speak with a Peer Counselor or lactation specialist or 231-724-1391 to schedule an appointment.
- WIC breastfeeding classes: Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
- WIC breastfeeding support group: Tuesdays at 2 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
- Mercy Health Birth Center Classes
- La Leche League of Michigan
WIC Project FRESH is an educational program that provides WIC participants with coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, at participating farmers' markets. All 2019 coupons have been distributed. WIC clients that received the coupon booklets are encouraged to use them at the Muskegon Farmers Market (242 W. Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442).
Coupons expire October 31, 2019.
For more information, call (231) 724-1391 or e-mail WIC.
This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.11/2017