WIC is the Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides access to healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and other community programs. You can trust WIC to be your family's nutrition expert during critical periods of growth and development, like pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.
Over half of the new babies and 40% of pregnant women in Vermont benefit from WIC.
The Rutland WIC office serves the communities of Benson, Brandon, Castleton, Chittenden, Clarendon, Danby, Fair Haven, Goshen, Hubbardton, Ira, Killington (Sherburne), Mendon, Middletown Springs, Mount Holly, Mount Tabor, Pawlet, Pittsfield, Pittsford, Poultney, Proctor, Rutland City, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth, Wallingford, Wells, West Haven and West Rutland.
Have questions? Give the Rutland WIC office a call at 802-786-5811 option 2, send us an email to AHS.VDHOLHRutland@vermont.gov or stop by our office.
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Pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to age five can be eligible for WIC. Give us a call to find out if you are eligible. Have Vermont Medicaid? You are eligible!
There are many ways to apply for WIC. Choose the option that works best for you and your family:
- Call the Rutland WIC office at 802-786-5811 Option 2
- Email the Rutland WIC office at AHS.VDHOLHRutland@vermont.gov
- Stop by our office at 88 Merchants Row in Rutland. We are on the third floor of the Asa Bloomer State Office Building.
We offer a variety of dates and times for WIC Clinics, including evening hours. We also host WIC Clinics at a variety of locations including Rutland, Poultney, Brandon, and Castleton. To find out more, call the Rutland District office at 802-786-5811 option 2.
Below are just some of the many benefits of enrolling in Vermont WIC with the Rutland District office.
We offer a variety of learning opportunities to help you keep your family healthy. See a current schedule or call 802-786-5811 . Some opportunities include the following:
- Baby Shower– Every spring the Rutland Local Health Office hosts a baby shower for WIC. Join the WIC peer counselors, other moms and moms-to-be for prizes, snacks, breastfeeding support and fun!
- Secrets of Baby Behavior and Cues – We offer this class to help you learn how to recognize hunger cues, sleep patterns, reasons for crying, and solutions to common concerns.
- Farm to Family – Every June and July, the Farm to Family Program gives WIC participants coupons for free, locally grown, fresh vegetables and fruits from farmers’ markets. Find a participating farmers’ market near you.
- Growing Gardens – Once it’s time to get our gardens growing, join us to plant seeds and learn how to grow your very own garden. It’s something you will be able to enjoy all summer long!
- Museum on the Go – Looking for a WIC Activity in your area? Visit Wonderfeet Museum’s Museum On the Go, a traveling interactive exhibit for kids that visits our office. Wonderfeet Museum staff will have activities for all ages. Children can plant a garden with felt vegetables, go grocery shopping at the market, create meals, and little ones can explore climbing mats.
- WICHealth.org Online Learning (in English and Spanish) – Convenient online nutrition education for WIC participants. You can do it anytime and anywhere you have internet access on any computer, tablet or smart phone.
Buy your WIC foods at authorized grocers using your Vermont eWIC card. The card looks and works like a debit card. You can shop when it's convenient and choose from a wide variety of WIC-approved foods at the following stores in our area:
- Hannaford (Rutland)
- Price Chopper (Rutland and West Rutland)
- Shaw’s (Fair Haven and Poultney)
- Kamuda’s (Pittsford)
- Prunier’s Market (Hydeville)
Our staff, including two lactation counselors, are available to answer breastfeeding questions to help you and your baby meet your breastfeeding goals. Here are some of the breastfeeding resources WIC supports and provides in our community:
- Breastfeeding Class – Planning to nurse? Not quite sure? Learn how to get a good start in the hospital and early weeks. We co-facilitate this class with Rutland Regional Medical Center.
- Peer Counselors – Our Peer Counselors offer mom-to-mom support and help you learn what to expect while breastfeeding. In addition to the guidance provided from lactation consultants, physicians and your WIC nutritionist, mom-to-mom support can help you feel confident every step of the way.
- Breast pumps – To support moms continue breastfeeding as they return to work or school, we give out hand-held and loan electronic breast pumps to nursing moms.
- Breastfeeding-Friendly Employers – There are Rutland County employers that are breastfeeding friendly. If you’re an employer who supports breastfeeding in the workplace and want to be added to this list, fill out our application to be recognized by the State of Vermont for your excellence. Need assistance to become breastfeeding-friendly? No problem! Give us a call at 802-786-5811 option 2 and we can help.
We pride ourselves in making sure our clients are connected with the resources in our community to help meet and maintain their goals. We connect clients with a variety of resources on a variety of topics including:
- Health Insurance
- Affordable Housing
- Childcare / Preschool
Some community partners that we make referrals to include: