WIC program provides assistance for eligible women, infants and children

Published 12:40 pm Friday, August 26, 2022

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Columbus — Polk County WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, provides supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and community resources to participants.  The WIC Program is available at 161 Walker Street in Columbus.  You may apply for the WIC Program Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


To be eligible a person must:

  • Be a pregnant woman; a breastfeeding woman who has had a baby in the last 12 months; a woman who has had a baby in the last six months; an infant; or a child up to the fifth birthday;
  • Reside in North Carolina;
  • Meet income eligibility requirements: The gross annual household income cannot exceed 185% of the Federal poverty income guidelines; All Medicaid, Food and Nutrition Services (food stamps) and Work First recipients meet the WIC income eligibility criteria; and 
  • Have an identified nutritional risk as determined by a health professional.

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“Children and mothers need access to nutritious foods that assist with optimal physical growth, proper brain development, and many other long-term benefits. Our WIC personnel are family centered and seek out opportunities to make those connections happen,”  says Brittany Matson, MHS, LD, RD, Polk County Health and Human Services Agency WIC Director.


For more information about WIC or to make an appointment please visit Polk County Health Department located at 161 Walker Street Columbus, NC 28722 or call 828-894-8271.  Or, visit www.nutritionnc.com.  Polk County is an equal opportunity provider.


Submitted by Joshua Kennedy