WIC

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES MESSAGE:

Due to COVID-19 the following precautionary measures are being taken to prevent unnecessary exposure for staff and families we serve:

  • Farmer’s Market: Find updated information about the farmer’s market during COVID-19 HERE! http://www.cchdmt.org/family-services/wic/farmers-market-nutrition-program/
  • WIC:  All WIC offices are closing to the public. If you currently have an appointment scheduled, the WIC clinic staff will be contacting you to complete it over the phone. You will continue to receive and be able to use your benefits as long as your certification is active. Contact your local WIC clinic for remote service, or call the State Office at 1-800-433-4298 for assistance.  The State Office will also be available by email at montanawicprogram@mt.gov.
  • Home Visiting (Parents as Teachers, First Year Initiative, SafeCare, Montana Asthma Program): Home visiting staff will be doing all home visits by phone or video conferencing depending on the guidance of each program. Home visitors will contact current and newly referred clients individually to schedule remote appointment times. It is our goal to continue to provide as many of our families as possible with the resources they need, so please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.
  • Car Seat Program: We will not provide car seats or car seat checkups until further notice. 
  • Parenting Classes: All parenting classes have been temporarily cancelled. Current participants will be notified once classes resume. 
  • CONNECT Referral System: Onboarding will continue; however, in-person training and meetings are cancelled. Trainings will take place remotely.
  • Foster Child Health Program: Nurses will not provide in-person visits to foster parents, but will remain in contact as necessary.

Please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.

The WIC program’s complete name is Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC helps lower-income women (pregnant, breastfeeding, and those who recently had a baby), infants, and children (up to age 5) who are at nutritional health risk.

WIC hours at CCHD clinic:

  • Monday: 8am – 12pm, 1pm – 5pm
  • Tuesday: 8am – 12pm, 1pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday: 8am – 12pm, 1pm – 5pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am – 12pm, 1pm – 5:30pm
  • Friday: 8am – 12pm, 1pm – 5pm

WIC hours at MAFB satellite clinic:

  • Malmstrom Air Force Base: two Wednesdays per month, 9am – 4pm
  • Call for more details!

eWIC is here!

Buy only what you need in one trip, No need to separate WIC and personal foods, better privacy at check out and more! Watch this video to learn more.

NEW–Get Information And Even Your Benefits Without Leaving Your Home!

WIC has launched a new website called www.wichealth.org, which you can access from your home or other locations. The website provides you with learning tools and information tailored to your specific needs, “picky eaters” for example. The site will allow you to research specific topics after business hours when there may be no one available to answer your questions.

The website can also save you a trip to the Health Department for your food benefits! Here’s how:

  • Visit www.wichealth.org to complete specific lessons.
  • WIC staff will monitor the website and call you once they see you’ve completed a lesson. You will be asked specific questions about what you learned in the lesson.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the phone questions, WIC staff will send your food benefits to you or you can pick them up at your next visit to the Health Department!

If you live out of town, don’t have transportation, or have other difficulties in getting to the Health Department for your appointment needs, this is a great tool for you!

If you have questions about this new program, call the WIC office at 454-6953 or email our new address: wic@cascadecountymt.gov.

How to Prepare for your First WIC Appointment

Proof of pregnancy is not required.

Bring the following applicable items with you:

    Proof of Identity (examples)

  • Photo ID
  • Driver’s License
  • School ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • MT Medicaid card/HMK Plus
  • Passport
  • Tribal ID
  • Social Security card

    Proof of Identity for Child (examples)

  • Shot/immunization records
  • Birth certificate/record
  • Foster care/adoption papers
  • Healthy Montana Kids Plus card
  • Social Security card

    Proof of Residency (examples)

  • Mortgage statement
  • Utility bill (power, water, cable)
  • Rent receipt
  • Note from landlord
  • Lease/housing agreement

    Proof of Household Income for all people living in your house (examples)

  • One month of most current documented income (paystubs)
  • Proof of adjunctive eligibility (SNAP, HMK Plus, Medicaid, TANF, FDPIR, School Lunch)
  • Recent 1040 tax statement (only if you own your own business)
  • Additional income information (Child Support, Unemployment, etc.)

    Special Formula for Infants May Require a Prescription

At your first appointment, your paperwork will be reviewed, some basic measurements will be taken, you will meet with our health educator, and you’ll receive your WIC food benefits.

These classes will teach participants more about:

  • Nutritious foods
  • How to plan meals
  • Shopping for you and your family
  • Safe food preparation and storage

Complete each class and receive a certificate and free cookbook!

**Bring your child/children to the WIC appointment. Please bring immunization record for all children on WIC.

WIC benefits include:

  • Nutrition assessment, learning and guidance to improve eating behavior;
  • Access to health care programs plus referral to private and public health care providers if needed
  • Food vouchers for supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as iron-fortified cereal, milk and cheese, eggs, 100% juice, peanut butter, canned or dried beans, infant formula, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains
  • Breastfeeding education and support.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and the US Department of Agriculture 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.

To learn more about services available for persons with disabilities or who speak languages other than English, or to file a complaint, visit this link: https://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/publichealth/documents/WIC/WICHome/FNSNondiscriminationStatement2015.pdf