Health Care Providers

A Letter from the State Health Officer

Dear Alabama Health Care Providers:

Our WIC program has been successful because it recognizes the far-reaching implications of proper maternal and early childhood nutrition. The individuals who originally planned the WIC program had the foresight to combine nutrition education, nutritious foods, and health care oversight in a program that provided not just immediate food benefits, but education to influence eating habits for a lifetime.

Over 70 studies have demonstrated WIC's effectiveness. WIC produces positive prenatal and birth outcomes and improves children's health.

WIC prevents future health problems, resulting in a stronger and healthier Alabama through reduced health care costs, children ready to learn, and a productive work force for the future.

The Alabama WIC program also positively impacts our state's economy. Over 900 grocery stores participate in the Alabama WIC program and accept WIC food instruments for the supplemental foods and special formulas provided by WIC. Over $78,000,000 per year is spent in Alabama groceries for WIC food items. WIC food instruments are used every month to buy more than 300,000 gallons of milk, 150,000 gallons of fruit juice, 150,000 dozen eggs, and 57,000 pounds of peanut butter for over 75,000 Alabama women and children. Our WIC program also services over 30,000 Alabama infants.

Please join us in building a healthier Alabama. You can help by:

  • Mentioning the benefits of WIC as a health and nutrition program to all families.
  • Displaying Alabama WIC posters and brochures in your office.
  • Including WIC information in education or enrollment packets.
  • Providing medical information when possible to shorten the time families need to spend at WIC certification appointments.

WIC services are provided in every county in Alabama.

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WIC Prescription Forms

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WIC Eligibility

Who is eligible for WIC? More families than you might think. WIC serves Alabama residents who are:

  • Pregnant;
  • Breastfeeding, for up to one year postpartum;
  • Women who are not breastfeeding, for six months postpartum; and
  • Children under five years old.

These residents must also meet WIC income guidelines and have a medical or nutritional need. The guideline is 185% of the poverty level set by the federal government and is based on household size. Medical and nutritional needs are determined at the WIC certification appointment. Examples of qualifying needs include:

  • Medical conditions that affect food intake or nutrition status;
  • Abnormal height or weight measurements;
  • Low intake of essential nutrients; or
  • Conditions that predispose a person to inadequate nutrition patterns like lead poisoning, teen pregnancy, alcohol or drug abuse.

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Page last updated: October 20, 2017