WIC in Vermont

Growing Healthy Families

Exclusively breastfeeding moms have the largest food package and the greatest variety of foods to support their decision to provide breast milk for their baby. WIC foods help support your growing family to eat a wide variety of healthy foods!

  • WIC Food items include:

    • Whole grain bread or brown rice
    • Canned beans (kidney, chick peas and black beans - a different kind each month)
    • Natural peanut butter (no trans fats!)
    • A WIC Fruit and Veggie Card to buy fruits and vegetables each month
    • Baby food fruits and vegetables for your 6-12 month old baby
    • Milk - 1%  or skim for everyone over age 2
    • Cheddar, American or mozarella cheese
    • Tofu and fortified soy beverage
    • Eggs, 100% fruit juice, and breakfast cereal

    WIC Delivers 2 times each month!
    Your driver will deliver to your house two times each month. Your monthly Proof of Delivery form show which foods will be delivered during which week. Your families fruit and vegetable benefit is automatically loaded on your card the 1st of each month.

Frequently Asked Questions about WIC

What is WIC?

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, a program that helps families eat well and stay healthy.

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What can I get from WIC?

  • Healthy foods delivered free to your home
  • A small monthly cash benefit for fruits and vegetables purchased at authorized grocers, using a WIC Fruit & Veggie Card
  • Nutrition education, such as cooking classes, nutrition counseling, and a quarterly newsletter with information on nutrition, health and local events.
  • Support and help with breastfeeding
  • Referrals for health care and community services, such as La Leche League, Parent Child Centers and Head Start.
  • Kids’ health screenings, including growth assessments and nutrition screenings.

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Who is WIC for?

Income-eligible and nutritionally or medically at risk pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women, and children younger than 5 years old.

An individual may not participate in both WIC and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) at the same time.

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How long can I stay on WIC?

You may stay on WIC as long as you meet the income, health, and age guidelines.

For women:

  • While you are pregnant, and
  • If breastfeeding, up to one year after your baby is born.
  • If not breastfeeding, until six months after your baby is born.

For babies and children:

  • Until your child reaches age 5

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What do I need to do to stay on WIC?

Every 6 months, WIC staff will check to see if you, or your child, still qualify for WIC. This is called recertification. You will need to make an appointment to see us and bring:

  • Proof of residency, identity, and income (a Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur card is considered proof of all three).
  • Your child’s immunization records.
  • Your baby or child.

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How does the program work?

  • If you are income eligible, you may contact the Department of Health District Office serving your town or city of residence.
  • You will set up an appointment at one of the local clinics—held in many locations around the state—where you will be provided with a variety of health and nutrition-related services, including health screening, nutrition education and counseling.
  • Foods will be delivered to your home by a private home-delivery vendor, usually twice a month. WIC foods include milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter or beans, whole grain bread, cereal and fruit juice.  The value of the food is typically $40 or more.
  • You may receive additional services, including individualized nutrition counseling, and referrals to other related programs.
  • If you are breastfeeding, you’ll receive additional support and educational materials. You also may get extra foods as well as a breast pump when you return to work or school.

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What are my rights?

  • You have the right to nutrition education and referrals to other health services.
  • You have the right to have your WIC transferred to a different district or a different state if you move.
  • You have the right to be treated fairly and courteously by WIC staff.
  • You have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect by your vendor and their employees.
  • You have the right to have information you give to the WIC program treated as confidential.
  • You may appeal any decisions made by WIC regarding eligibility for the program for yourself or your child(ren).
  • WIC is an equal opportunity program. You have the right to WIC services regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex (of children) or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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How can I get answers to my nutrition and health questions?

In addition to your WIC appointments, you can join other families for health and nutrition activities. These activities may include cooking classes or talks about topics like breastfeeding, healthy pregnancy or healthy foods kids like to eat. You can also make a private appointment or call your Department of Health District Office, Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., to get answers to nutrition questions.

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What should I do to help the WIC program work for me?

  • Sign your Proof of Delivery form (POD) and return it to your vendor each month.
  • Keep your WIC appointments. Call to reschedule if you can't go to an appointment. If you miss an appointment, your foods may stop.
  • Treat staff and vendors with courtesy and respect
  • WIC foods are for the participating family member. You cannot sell or give away your WIC foods or infant formula. Contact your district office if your food order needs to be changed, or if you want food deliveries stopped for a short time while you are away from home.
  • Call your district office about any changed in your name, address, telephone number, income or Medicaid status.
  • If you move, ask WIC staff how to transfer your WIC to a new location in Vermont or another state.
  • If you started WIC when you were pregnant, tell us when your baby is born.

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How do I get my WIC foods?

In Vermont, you get most of your WIC foods through home delivery by a WIC vendor (a person who delivers food). Food items are delivered to your home about 10 days after your first WIC appointment. If you live in an area where food is not delivered, WIC staff will help you and your vendor find a place where your food can be delivered.

It’s best to be home when your food is delivered so that you can put it in the refrigerator right away. If that is not possible, leave a cooler labeled, “WIC” where the vendor can see it. In warm weather, it is a good idea to put some ice in the cooler. When the weather is very cold, the cooler will help keep your food from freezing.

You may also receive a WIC Fruit & Veggie card in the mail a few days after your first WIC appointment.  You can use this card to buy fruits and vegetables at authorized grocers.

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How do I keep track of deliveries?

Each month you will get a Proof of Delivery form, called a POD. The POD helps you keep track of your WIC food. You must sign the POD and give it to your vendor every month to keep getting WIC food.

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How do I make sure my food keeps coming?

  • Use your monthly Proof of Delivery form or POD to make sure that you got all the right foods each week. If some food is missing or bad, call your vendor right away to get foods replaced.
  • At the end of the month, sign your POD
    • Check "yes" if you got all the right food.
    • Check "no" if you did not get all of the right food. Fill in the "foods not received" column.
  • Put the POD out for the vendor to pick up at the first food delivery of the next month.
  • Leave the POD or note in a place where your vendor will see it OR mail the POD directly to the vendor.
  • If you lose your POD, you may
    • Mail the replacement form  your vendor leaves you directly to your vendor
    • Send a note including your name and address that says whether or not you got all your WIC food for the month.   
    • Download a form, fill it in and return it to your vendor.
    If your vendor does not get a signed copy of your POD, you will stop getting your WIC food. You must sign the POD or an alternate form to show that you got your WIC food each month.

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What is a POD?

The Proof of Delivery (POD) Form shows what foods you’ve received from your vendor. View Online instructions for filling out your POD form.

If you lose your POD, you may

  • Mail the replacement form your vendor leaves you directly to the vendor
  • Send a note including your name and address that says whether or not you got all your WIC food for the month.   
  • Download a replacement form, fill it in and return it to your vendor. This form is available in the following languages:

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How can I contact WIC?

  • Email the WIC State Office - wic@state.vt.us
  • Call the WIC State Office at 1-800-649-4357, or 802-863-7333.
  • Visit the District Office web page to find contact information for the Health Department district office that serves your community.

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Are there other programs for families who get WIC?

Many WIC families are enrolled in other related programs and services.

More About Medicaid & Dr. Dynasaur

Medicaid is a jointly-funded, federal-state health insurance program. In Vermont, Medicaid insurance programs for pregnant women and for children up to age 18 are known collectively as the Dr. Dynasaur program. For information about Dr. Dynasaur and other Medicaid coverage, you may call (toll-free within Vermont) 800-250-8427.

More About the Commodity Supplemental Food Program:

Mothers whose WIC eligibility runs out when their infants are 6 months old may enroll in CSFP the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Children turning 5 also may be enrolled in CSFP, and receive benefits from age 5 to 6.

  • For information, call 1-800-214-4648 (toll-free within Vermont)

No single individual can receive assistance from both WIC and CSFP at the same time. The same household, however, may include different individuals receiving assistance from each program at the same time.

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More About the 3SquaresVT Program

 3SquaresVT (formerly food stamps) is a nutrition assistance program that provides benefits for the purchase of nutritious food to qualified low-income people and their families.

For more information about the 3SquaresVT, call (toll-free within Vermont) 1-800-479-6151.

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If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at 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). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Page updated 8/28/2013