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District 4’s WIC program promotes nutrition, breastfeeding and overall health for women, infants and children.

Nutrition Education

Early nutrition is critical for healthy development in infants and children, as well as for preventing chronic health problems in adults. The WIC program provides several ways to get educated on the best nutrition for your family to reach these goals. You can participate in interactive online courses that help you understand which foods can give you the vitamins and nutrients you need. You can also meet one-on-one with WIC staff to discuss your current nutritional intake and how to cultivate healthier eating habits.

For WIC participants, sign in here to complete your online education courses.

Cooking Demonstrations
As part of our nutrition education, participants and non-participants can register for free cooking classes, where our staff will teach you how to prepare easy, healthy and delicious recipes. You will taste each meal and might even go home with useful door prizes! You and your children can attend and learn together, so the whole family can better understand basic cooking skills, food and kitchen safety, and how to prepare meals with your healthy WIC food.

Food Benefits and WIC Shopping

WIC benefits help moms when they are grocery shopping, providing them with free, healthy foods that are full of calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and protein to meet their nutritional needs. The vouchers include fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and pantry staples, such as:

  • Fresh produce
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Fruit and vegetable juices
  • Dried peas or beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Iron-fortified breakfast cereals (hot and cold)
  • Infant cereals
  • Infant foods
  • Iron-fortified infant formula

You can shop with Georgia eWIC benefits at your favorite local grocery store. Look out for the WIC labels in the aisles and hand your voucher to the cashier at check-out. Click here for a list of authorized WIC vendors.

Breastfeeding Support

District 4 believes that making the decision to breastfeed is one of the best ways to feed your baby in their first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to both mother and baby.

WIC provides support for mothers to help them through their breastfeeding journey. We will pair you with a breastfeeding peer counselor who can offer tips on holding, producing, latching, pumping and more.

Discussion Groups
WIC’s breastfeeding peer counselors lead a discussion group called Feed Your Infant (FYI). These meetings are a great way to interact with other moms eager to learn and hear from moms who have been there. The group discusses all your options for feeding your new baby, including breastfeeding and formula feeding. We make sure a nutritionist is available to answer questions about eating while pregnant and breastfeeding. The FYI group is open to moms, pregnant women, dads, grandparents, friends and anyone else who wants to support a mom and infant in their life.

Buddy Program
Breastfeeding helps to form a special bond between mother and baby, but support and encouragement from other moms can go a long way. After all, the combination of breastfeeding and having a newborn can be incredibly tough! That’s why WIC is now offering the Buddy Program — to help breastfeeding moms connect virtually or in person.

In this program, mothers are matched with other WIC moms for breastfeeding support through listening, sharing experiences, offering encouragement, and celebrating milestones. Through this program, you can form bonds that will last a lifetime.

You may already have a WIC peer counselor who can offer breastfeeding support, but having a buddy can add more to your existing support network. Your buddy may be facing similar challenges as you around the same time. She is there to listen, share experiences, encourage, and celebrate milestones, and to lean on you for support as well! You aren’t alone. Someone who is going through similar experiences is only a call away. Do you want to learn more? Click here for more information.

How to sign up:
Contact Natasha Werner, Breastfeeding Buddy Specialist, at natasha.werner@dph.ga.gov or (706) 616-7405. Once she pairs you with another mom, you’ll review buddy expectations together and sign a buddy pledge.

 

Farmers Market

Funded by the USDA, the annual Farmers Market is open to active WIC program participants (ages 6 months and older), who will each receive $30 worth of locally grown fruits and vegetables at the event. You will need to show your ID and eWIC card. Produce is limited!

WIC team members also are on hand at the Farmers Markets to provide nutrition education and information on the benefits of fruits and vegetables; suggestions for preparing and storing fresh fruits and vegetables; money-saving tips; and quick recipes.

For dates and locations, consult the chart below.

CountyLocationDateTimeAddress
Lamar CountyLamar Health DepartmentWednesday, June 59 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.100 Academy Dr, Barnesville, GA 30204
Butts CountyButts Health Department Wednesday, June 129 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.463 Ernest Biles Dr a, Jackson, GA 30233
Upson CountyUpson Civic Center/Soccer ComplexTuesday, July 169 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.101 Civic Center Drive
Thomaston, GA 30286
Carroll CountyCarroll Health DepartmentMonday, July 299 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.1004 Newnan Rd, Carrollton, GA 30117
Coweta CountyASA Powell Expo CenterThursday, August 89 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.197 Temple Ave, Newnan, GA 30263
Henry CountyRed Hawk Baseball ParkThursday, August 299 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 143 Henry Pkwy, McDonough, GA 30253

Questions? Call (706) 298-6080 or (770) 722-0633.

If you are a current member of the District 4 WIC program, you can make an appointment by calling 706.298.6080 or 770.722.0633.