WIC & Nutrition
Announcements and Important Information:
Due to the current nationwide formula shortage, Florida WIC agencies have been authorized to allow more flexibility to WIC participants who are unable to find their assigned infant formula.
For a complete list of Temporary Powder Formula Options you can use your EBT card to purchase click HERE or go to https://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/wic/_documents/temporary-formula-options.pdf
Formula Shopping Tips:
- Since these changes are only temporary, purchase the infant formula you usually buy when possible.
- Buy only 1-2 cans if you are trying a new formula to make sure your baby doesn’t have any issues before buying more.
- Contact pediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby’s health.
- Use the Florida WIC app to scan UPC codes to ensure the infant formula you selected is on your shopping list.
WIC & Nutrition Program Information
WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care.
WIC stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for “Women, Infants and Children”. WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered in Florida by the Department of Health. Services provided by the Program include the following:
- Healthy Foods
- Nutrition Education and Counseling
- Breastfeeding Support
- Referrals for Health Care.
Pinellas County WIC work closely with other agencies and DOH-Pinellas divisions such as:
- Healthy Start/Healthy Families
- Lead Intervention
- Disease Control
- Florida KidCare
- Domestic Violence
The Pinellas County WIC operates from five main centers & one satellite office.WIC & Nutrition Program utilizes advertising and marketing strategies to reach those who may be eligible for the program. Currently, the Pinellas County WIC & Nutrition Program provides services to approximately 14,000 participants each month. Each applicant must meet all federal eligibility requirements. Benefits issued from our sites are redeemable at participating local vendors
Each applicant must meet all federal eligibility requirements. Benefits issued from our sites are redeemable at participating local vendors.
WIC Appointment Line: Call (727) 824-6913 or (727) 824-6914
Who Is Eligible?
- You must be a pregnant woman, or a woman who has recently been pregnant, a breastfeeding mother, an infant, or a child under five years of age.
- You must meet certain income guidelines
- You must live in Florida
- You must have a nutrition-related need, which will be determined by WIC staff.
You could be eligible if you or other family members are currently receiving Medicaid, WAGES, or Food Stamps. However, you do NOT have to be on a public assistance program to qualify for WIC.
Before eligibility is completed, WIC staff will verify your gross household income. You need to bring proof of household income so that the staff can determine your eligibility.
The WIC Express is a faster way to check out when picking up benefits only. It is designed for participants who have completed all required paperwork to pick up benefits. The average check out time at these stations is about five minutes. This process saves participants time, especially those who are working and may use part of their lunch hour to pick up their benefits.
WIC Express Drive Thru (Mid-County location only)
For even more convenience, the Mid-County WIC clinic has a drive-thru option when picking-up benefits only. All clients, regardless of which clinic they normally go to, are able to use the drive-thru when reloading their benefits. Please Note: The drive-thru is for benefit issuance only. Clients must come into the clinic for certifications, mid-certifications, food package changes and for any other services provided by WIC.