Women, Infants, and Children


WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children and is also called the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program. WIC is a federal program designed to provide supplemental food to low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children until the age of five. The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals for health care.  WIC has proven to be effective in preventing and improving nutrition related health problems.Mother holding her child.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the WIC Program. The Tennessee Department of Health provides the services in about 140 county health department locations and hospital sites throughout the state.  The program serves about 165,000 eligible participants each month.  Participants must be residents of Tennessee, meet the gross income guidelines and be determined to be at nutritional or medical risk.

Supplemental food instruments (vouchers) and cash value vouchers are issued to participants and can be used to purchase approved food items at any of the 900+ participating WIC authorized grocery stores and pharmacies.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT OR
CALL 1-800-DIAL-WIC (1-800-342-5942)

Click to view a list of local health departments.

Mother playing with her child.

This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication should contact the State WIC Agency at 800-342-5942 or the USDA Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html  or 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 Ave., SW
Washington, D. C. 20250-9410

Fax:
202-690-7442; or

Email:

Program.intake@usda.gov

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.