WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
is a short-term intervention program designed to promote good nutrition and healthful behaviors for those who participate. Funding for the WIC Program comes from the US Department of Agriculture and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. We serve Cherokee Indian clients who participate at one of the two sites: Beloved Women and Children’s Health and Wellness Center (Mon-Fri) Snowbird Community Library (second Wednesday each month).
EBCI WIC Program Eligibility Criteria
Children up to 5 years of age, infants, pregnant women, breastfeeding women who have had a baby in the last 12 month, and women who have had a baby, pregnancy loss and still birth within the last 6 months.
- Must be enrolled OR child is an enrolled member
- Must meet income guidelines
- Medicaid automatically qualifies you for WIC
- If there is income, applicants must bring the most recent check stubs indicating 30 days of pay.
- Quality nutrition and health education
- Breastfeeding support, promotion, and education
- Benefits for specific, free, nutritious foods
- Referrals to Health Care
New WIC Food List
When you go to apply for WIC, please remember to bring:
- Proof of identification (for all individuals applying for WIC)
- Enrollment card(s) (for all individuals if applicable)
- Proof of income (for all household members with income) or Medicaid card(s)
- Proof of residence (where you live)
Click here to use the WIC PreScreening Tool.
Importance of Breastfeeding
- WIC strives to increase the initiation, duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding among women enrolled in the program.
- WIC has a breastfeeding peer counselor support program that provides mother-to-mother counseling and education along with trained staff to assist mothers in making informed decisions about their infant feeding choices.
- WIC offers breastfeeding aids such as manual and electric breast pumps.
- WIC breastfeeding mothers receive an exclusive breastfeeding food package with increased benefit amounts.
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73 Kaiser Wilnoty Drive
PO Box 666
Cherokee, NC 28719
7:45 am – 4:45 pm
Please call the Cherokee WIC Program for an appointment.
For inquiries call 828-359-7297, 828-359-6232 or 828-359-6237 and a staff member will return the message
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) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter 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:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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