Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

The City of Long Beach Nutrition Services Division (NSD) - WIC Program - is committed to disseminating sound nutrition information and promoting healthy behaviors and active lifestyles. The Nutrition Services Division adheres to its mission by providing a wide variety of programs that include the following:

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
  • Nutrition Education and Counseling on a Variety of Topics
  • Breastfeeding Education and Consultation
  • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program and Breastfeeding Hospital Support
  • Farmer's Market Nutrition Program
  • Obesity Prevention & Physical Activity Campaign (OPPAC)
  • Staff Wellness Program
  • Speaker's Bureau

The WIC Program
One particular program that plays a large role in the NSD's efforts to reach out to the Long Beach community is the WIC Program. The WIC Program is a supplemental nutrition program that provides monthly food coupons, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care services.

Program Eligibility
To be eligible for the WIC Program you must meet the following criteria:

  • A household gross income at 185% of the Federal poverty level
  • Be one of the following categories: pregnant women, postpartum women, breastfeeding mothers, infants, and children five years and under who live in Long Beach.
  • Be at a nutritional risk, determined by trainined WIC staff.
  • Fathers, grandparents or foster parents taking care of children under the age of five.

If eligible to receive WIC Program services, participants are provided with food coupons that are redeemable at authorized stores for specified foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, cereal, eggs, cheese, juice, peanut butter, beans, canned fish, soy and tofu products and infant formula. Food coupons are issued monthly and must be used within 30 days. Participants must also provide staff with proof of regular medical assessment. If eligibility continues, women may participate in WIC for as long as six months after their baby is born or up to one year if they are breastfeeding. Infants and children may participate until age five.

WIC is an equal opportunity provider

Application Procedures

Eligibility depends on income and working families may qualify. The following link will determine your eligibility for WIC benefits:

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/wicworks/Pages/WICEligibilityAssessment01.aspx

If you qualify, call the WIC Program office at (562) 570-4242 or walk-in to one of our five sites. If available, please bring:

  1. Proof of income - Such as a paycheck stub, tax return, Medi-Cal card or letter from employer
  2. Proof of address - Such as a utility bill, rent receipt or any letter received through the US mail
  3. Identification - Such as a driver's license, passport, student ID, birth certificate or immunization card
  4. Medical information - Current height and weight and current blood test for anemia for children over 6 month old; proof of pregnancy (if applicable)
  5. The person who is applying - Such as the mother or child; must be present at enrollment and all certification appointments

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WIC Service Locations and Hours of Operation

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Health Department WIC Site
2525 Grand Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815
Monday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, Tuesday-Friday from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Now open three Saturdays out of each month from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon, please call to confirm dates.

West WIC Site
2125 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90810
Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

North WIC Site
5166 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805
Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

St. Mary WIC Site
1043 Elm Ave, Ste 401 Long Beach, CA 90805
Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Central Facilities Center Site
1133 Rhea Street, Long Beach, CA 90806
Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Contact us by Email at: Health-WIC@longbeach.gov

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