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In light of recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention around social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Hampshire Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program has received authorization from the US Department of Agriculture to conduct all appointments by phone.
Individuals can apply for assistance by contacting their local WIC office, and can find the office closest to them at http://www.signupwic.com. All appointment types, including certifications and follow up appointments, can be completed by phone. Residents who have a scheduled WIC appointment should keep it and expect a phone call from their local WIC office.
The WIC program provides nutrition education and support to help keep pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and preschool children healthy and strong, and all New Hampshire WIC offices are working to ensure that clients continue to get the services they need with minimal disruption.
To learn more about the WIC program, please visit https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/index.htm. Families having difficulty getting through to their local WIC office are encouraged to leave a detailed voice message or call the WIC State Agency 1-800-942-4321.
WIC & Nutrition Services
Primary Care patients can get assistance with their dietary and weight goals though our onsite nutritionist. Nutrition services are available on Thursdays and are free for all patients.
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What is WIC?
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing: nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care. WIC at Goodwin Community Health serves Strafford and Carrol counties. Please call 603-332-4358 to make an appointment in your area.
Our professional staff work with you one-on-one to help with all your parenting and nutritional needs. Throughout the year, WIC organizes events to encourage a healthy growth and development for your family. When your child “graduates” from the WIC program we send them off with a goodie bag filled with books, cookbooks and supplies to start school.
eWIC is Here
As of July 31, 2018, eWIC services are available at Goodwin Community Health Center. The eWIC update includes a WIC card which can be used like a debit card at participating vendors, allowing for a more convenient and secure method of accessing WIC services. The video below explains some of the basics of the new eWIC updates.
What are the elements of the WIC program?
WIC Food Packages
Our food packages are constantly being updated with relevant food items to support healthy growth and development. These foods supply important vitamins and minerals to both women and children.
Nutrition & Counseling
Our on-site WIC Nutritionists are available to help answer all of your questions! They can offer tips and suggestions for keeping you and your family healthy. They also love to share ideas on how to make delicious and affordable recipes for the entire family.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed babies. The New Hampshire WIC Program has implemented a variety of breastfeeding promotion and education initiatives to improve the rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration among mothers enrolled in WIC. Our breastfeeding staff provide education and support to pregnant and nursing women. We have both CLCs (Certified Lactation Counselors) and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors that work with moms to reach their breastfeeding goals. They can help with using your breastfeeding pump or if your pump is broken we can assist in fixing it.
Our WIC staff work individually with families to assist with challenges or obstacles that can’t be managed on-site. Through referrals to other support services in the community, we are able to connect you to Some examples of places we commonly refer our patients too is:
- Head start, home visiting, early intervention, doctors offices, dentists, NH Healthy Homes, housing, local food and nutrition programs, health insurance etc…
We want to make sure your child is on the right track of growth and development. To monitor this, we regularly take their height and weight measurements in addition to testing their iron and lead levels.
How Do I Know if I am Eligible?
Families must be income eligible; reside in the service area (Strafford & Carroll Counties); and, be nutritionally at risk as determined by a staff nutritionist. Below are the guidelines for income eligibility.
WIC Frequently Asked Questions
- Does WIC in NH have debit cards or paper vouchers?
WIC in the state of NH provides an e-WIC benefit card to participants and families enrolled in the program.
- I am a father/guardian/grandparent of a child under the age of 5. Can we apply for WIC?
Yes, the child could be certified on the program regardless of the caregiver.
- I live in Maine can I apply for WIC?
Yes you can apply for WIC in the state that you live. For information of different WIC sites please see www.signupwic.org or visit your states DHHS website.
- Where are your clinics?
Currently we have clinics in Somersworth, Farmington, Union, Dover, Wolfeboro, Tamworth, Conway, North Conway… We are always adding new clinics, please call us to discuss which is closest to where you live.
- What foods do you offer?
We provide nutritious supplemental foods tailored to your needs. Please see https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/foods.htm for foods we offer your family.
- Is there an app for WIC allowed foods?
Yes download the WIC shopper App for free in the app store.
- Where can I go shopping?
Any New Hampshire WIC approved Food Vendor please see the statewide list here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/stores.htm
- Where can I find my food balance?
Call the number on the back of your card or request a balance inquiry at any register/customer service desk in a NH WIC approved vendor store or call your local agency.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
CSFP is a free program which works to improve the health of both men and women seniors (60+ years) by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Food packages are 40 pounds and change monthly. They usually include the following food items:
- Canned vegetables, Cereal, Cheese, Fruits, Juice, Meat, Milk, Pasta
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) which cab be found online by following this link, by going into any USDA office, or by writing a letter to the USDA (using the below address) that includes all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442
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