Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants, and children. The United States Department of Agriculture funds the WIC program for children under the age of five, infants, as well as pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women who are at nutritional risk and income eligible. WIC provides vouchers for nutritious foods, nutrition education, referrals for health care, and breastfeeding support.

What foods does WIC give?

WIC provides foods that are good sources of many needed nutrients. They include:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Juice
  • Cheese
  • Dried Beans & Peas
  • Infant Formula
  • Infant Cereal
  • Infant Baby Foods (fruits & vegtables)
  • Tofu
  • Canned Beans
  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whole wheat breads
  • Brown rice
  • Tortillas
  • Tuna* or Salmon*
  • Infant Baby Foods (meats)* *For breastfeeding women only

Cash Value Vouchers for fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables are available in denominations of $8 for children and $10 for pregnant and postpartum women.

What else does WIC offer?

WIC clients and family members receive more than food. They also get:

  • Infant feeding information
  • Growth and development education
  • Health assessments
  • Vouchers for healthy foods
  • General nutrition information and food buying tips
  • Nutrition education during pregnancy
  • Special diet information
  • Referrals to other health services such as Immunizations
  • Breastfeeding Support

How Do I Make An Appointment?

To Schedule an Appointment Call:

What Do I Need For My First Appointment?

1.) Yourself and/or Infant or Child to be weighed and measured and have a blood test for iron.
2.) Proof of Identity, bring one: Driver’s license, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, or Immunization record
3.) Proof of income, bring one: Medicaid card, SNAP letter of certification, last pay stub, letter from job with gross income and how often you are paid, recent tax return if self-employed, bank statements
4.) Proof of current address, bring one: Medicaid card, Driver’s license, Auto Insurance, recent bill with your name on it, current rent or mortgage agreement

Additional Information:

Madison County Health Department
493 Medical Park Drive
Marshall NC, 28753

Mondays 8:30a-12p & 1p-5:30p
Tuesday, Wednesday, &Thursdays: 8:30a-12p & 1p-4p
Fridays: 8:30-12p

Sarah Neumann MS, RD, LDN
WIC Director & Breastfeeding Coordinator

WIC Income Guidelines

185% of Poverty Income Guidelines (Effective July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)*

Size of Household**

Maximum Gross Income

Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $21,775 $1,815 $419
2 $29,471 $2,456 $567
3 $37,167 $3,098 $715
4 $44,863 $3,739 $863
5 $52,559 $4,380 $1,011
See complete list of 2015 WIC Income Guidelines Here


A person who currently receives Medicaid, Work First, or Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps) automatically meets the income eligibility guidelines for WIC.
** A household (or economic unit) is defined as a person or group of persons, related or non-related, who usually (although not necessarily) live together, and whose production of income and consumption of goods or services are related. The income of everyone in the economic unit is counted to determine eligibility.


Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to mother and baby. The WIC Program and the American Academy of Pediatrics support breastfeeding as the preferred method of infant feeding during the first six months to one year of life.

Why Is Breastfeeding Best?

  • It provides a special bonding experience between mother and baby
  • It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions
  • It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity
  • It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer
  • It protects against infections, like ear infections
  • It is easily digested – no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach
  • Babies have healthier weights as they grow
  • Breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests

How Our Trained Staff Can Help You.

Staff members at the Madison County Health Department have completed the NCLETP (North Carolina Lactation Educator Program) and continue to receive training on providing the best skills in assisting breastfeeding moms with concerns or questions along the way. Our goal is to provide moms the assistance and support they need. Staff members also manage a breast pump loan program to mother’s who qualify. In addition, we also offer a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program wherein a WIC staff member shares breastfeeding information, offers breastfeeding support, addresses common breastfeeding concerns, and provides ongoing breastfeeding support around the clock!

We Offer Free Breastfeeding Classes!

2015 Breastfeeding Class Schedule

We offer free breastfeeding classes to both WIC clients and anyone in the general public! Our classes will be offered monthly and will cover topics such as: benefits of breastfeeding, breastfeeding basics, positioning, latching, and how to know if your baby is getting enough.  Please call 828-649-3531 for more information and to sign up for a class!

The North Carolina Nutrition Services Branch has information about the WIC program and about breastfeeding:

Additional breastfeeding resources can be found at:



Multivitamin and Folic Acid

The March of Dimespromotes research that suggests that folic acid, a B-vitamin, may help protect you from heart disease, cervical and colon cancer, and possibly breast cancer. If you take folic acid before and during early pregnancy, it may help reduce your baby’s risk for birth defects of the heart, limbs, and face. The WIC Program, along with family planning and maternal health distribute free vitamins with folic acid to all women of child-bearing age. You do not have to be enrolled in a health department program to receive them. Contact the health department at (828) 649-3531 For more information: www.marchofdimes.com


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and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex,
gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial
or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any
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programs and/or employment activities.

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