Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Free Nutrition Program for Massachusetts Families

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IT’S WIC DAY AT LOWELL FARMERS’ MARKET!!!

WIC Farmers’ Market Day is around the corner! Come to the Lucy Larcom Park behind the Lowell High School (258 Merrimack Street) on August 17th from 1pm to 5pm to pick up your farmers’ market coupons. To qualify, you must be over 4 months of age and be actively receiving WIC services. Benefits are $20 per person and are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call the Lowell WIC Office at 978-454-6397 with any questions. See you then!

WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Information

Deanna Nole MS, RD, LDN, WIC Program Director, Community Teamwork, 45 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA  01852, Phone: 978-654-4930, Fax: 978-458-8594

About This Program

WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. It is a free nutrition program for Massachusetts families that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services.  WIC’s goal is to keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children under age 5 healthy. WIC is a unique program, which provides links to health and social service agencies, as well as food and nutrition services, to low to moderate income people in critical stages of growth and development.

Eligibility:

Participants must live in Massachusetts, have a household income at or below 185% federal poverty level, have at least one of the medical or dietary conditions listed in the WIC nutrition risk criteria, and be either pregnant, breastfeeding (up to one year post partum), breast feeding and using formula for their infant (0-11 months old) and have children under the age of five years old.

Guidelines: May 10, 2017 – June 30, 2018

HOUSEHOLD YEARLY MONTHLY Bi-Weekly WEEKLY
1 $22,459 $1,872 $  864 $  432
2   30,451   2,538 1,172     586
3   38,443   3,204 1,479     740
4   46,435   3,870 1,786     893
5   54,427   4,536 2,094  1,047
6   62,419   5,202 2,401  1,201
7   70,411   5,868 2,709  1,355
8   78,403   6,534 3,016  1,508
For each additional family member add… +$7,992 +$666 +$308 +$154

If you are pregnant, you should count yourself as two.

Services:

  • Nutrition education and counseling on the importance of breastfeeding, appropriate feeding for infants, good diet during pregnancy, how to make good food choices, meal planning, and purchasing healthy food on a limited budget
  • WIC card to redeem at participating grocery stores or pharmacies for the WIC approved foods which may include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, cheese, eggs, 100 % fruit juice, iron fortified cereal, peanut butter, dried beans, infant formula and baby foods and vegetables
  • Referrals to other health care and social service agencies.  WIC services are intended to supplement participant’s primary care
  • Coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables redeemable at farmers’ markets across the state
  • Good Food Project – Weekly topics on healthy eating (recipes, smart shopping, food demos and more)

Community Teamwork’s WIC Locations and Hours:

Main Office
45 Kirk Street
Lowell MA
978.454.6397
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9-5
Wednesday 11-7
Friday 8:30-4:30
Saturday 9-1 (usually the 1st & 3rd Saturday)

Lowell Community Health Center
161 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
Lowell MA
978.221.6821
Same hours as Kirk Street, except not open Saturdays

Head Start
126 Phoenix Avenue
Lowell MA
978.654.7199
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-5

MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

CLICK HERE FOR TIP SHEETS ON EATING HEALTHY (IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH)

Join WIC for a food demonstrations and tastings through March
GO FURTHER with FOOD
Delicious, Nutritious Dishes on a Budget!
 45 Kirk Street
Wednesdays at 5pm and
Thursdays at 11am
                                                                                                                                                                      Menu
Week 1: March 7th & 8th 2018 Egg and cheese Tortilla cups
Week 2: March 14th & 15th 2018Spring Veggie Pizzas
Week 3: March 21st & 22nd 2018 Frozen Yogurt Bark with Berries
Week 4:  March 28th & 29thTropical Green Smoothies
 
Come by WIC and see the Nutritionists creating meals on a budget!!!
There will be 9 days to chose to attend one or attend them all! 
 
For more information 978.454.6397
 
National Nutrition Month Flyer 2018
For more information, contact
Megan Hayes, BS, CLC
CTI WIC Program Nutritionist
mhayes@commteam.org

WIC Day at Lowell Farmers’ Market, Lucy Larcom Park,  8/11/17 

 

Other Recipes:

Summer Squash Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

Brown Rice Bowls – 1 Box for 3 Meals! 
Use one box of brown rice to create 3 different meals.

 

Helpful Links:

Apply for the Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

www.mass.gov/wic

Contact WIC

WIC provides a range of services for qualified families. From nutrition and health education to food and support, all services are free.
Check Eligibility for WIC

Apply for WIC online

The WIC Card Brochure

WIC Approved Food Guide

WIC Shopper Mobile Application

The WIC Card Training Video for WIC Participants – English

The WIC Card Training Video for WIC Participants – Spanish

DURING THE WINTER MONTHS VISIT MILLS 5 MARKET, SUNDAYS 11-3 AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR HIP BENEFITS – Based on family size: 1-2 = $40/month, 3-5 = $60/month, 6+ = $80/month can be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and this amount will not be subtracted from your EBT total! VISIT OUR LOWELL FARMERS’ MARKET PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Get In Touch

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) (Main Office)
45 Kirk St
Lowell, MA 01852

Head Start
126 Phoenix Avenue
Lowell MA

Lowell Community Health Center
161 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
Lowell MA


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