Program Information

What is WIC?

WIC is a nutrition education program specifically for Women, Infants, and Children.

WIC helps income-eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to five years of age who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. For more information about the Ohio WIC Program eligibility requirements, click the button below.

WIC provides:

  • Nutrition education and support
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, beans, peanut butter, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and iron-fortified infant formula
  • Referral to prenatal and pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs


The program improves pregnancy outcomes by:

  • Providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies
  • Reducing infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries and physical abnormalities)
  • Providing infants and children with a healthy start in life with access to nutritious foods during critical growth periods

Ohio WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

Ohio WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides nutritionally at-risk women and children with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers’ markets and farmstands.

This is accomplished through the issuance of four $5 coupons that eligible WIC participants may take to contracted Ohio farmers or markets to redeem for fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables and herbs. Participants also receive supplementary nutrition education on the importance of these foods in their diets.

FMNP benefits WIC participants by:

  • Providing WIC participants with an opportunity to improve their health by eating more nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Introducing WIC families to farmers’ markets and farm stands and teaching them to select and prepare a wide variety of locally grown produce


Coupons are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 419-354-9661 for availability.

Location & Hours of Operation

Bowling Green

The Wood County WIC office is located in the Wood County Community Health Center building.

Monday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Get Directions
1840 E Gypsy Lane Rd.
Bowling Green, OH 43402

 

North Baltimore

Appointments available on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Please call 419-354-9661 to make an appointment at this location.

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209 Briar Hill Rd.
North Baltimore, OH 45872

Northwood

Appointments available on the 2nd Thursday, 3rd Wednesday, and 4th Tuesday of the month at the Northwood Municipal Building. Please call 419-354-9661 to make an appointment at this location.

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6000 Wales Rd.
Northwood, OH 43619

How to report abuse of the program

Participant Abuse and Confidentiality
In the event that an applicant or participant becomes verbally or physically abusive to WIC staff resulting in a safety risk to either or both staff and other participants, law enforcement authorities may be called to resolve the issue. WIC confidentiality rules do not prohibit WIC staff from contacting law enforcement if applicants or participants become verbally or physically abusive.

In addition, if an applicant or participant is suspected of stealing either WIC program property or personal items from employees or other individuals in the clinic, law enforcement authorities may be called to resolve the issue. Only the minimum demographic information (name and contact information) should be provided to assist authorities in resolving the issue.

Participant Abuse
An applicant/participant who makes false or misleading statements; misrepresents, conceals, or withholds facts to obtain benefits; or fails to meet participant responsibilities is subject to specific sanctions based on program violations. State WIC and local projects must impose disqualifications, repayment of benefits, or take other actions depending upon the offense. When appropriate, State WIC must refer participants who violate program requirements to federal, state, or local authorities for prosecution under applicable laws.

Classifications of Participant Violations
Participant violations include, but are not limited to, the following actions of the participant, parent or caretaker of an infant or child participant, or alternate:

  • Intentionally making false or misleading statements or intentionally misrepresenting, concealing, or withholding facts to obtain benefits;
  • Exchanging WIC or FMNP food instruments, or supplemental foods for one or more of the following:
    • cash or credit;
    • nonfood items; e.g., diapers, baby wipes;
    • unauthorized food items; e.g., purchasing powdered formula when concentrate is listed on the food instrument, unauthorized brands of cereal; and
    • supplemental foods in excess of those listed on the participant’s food instrument;
  • Selling any WIC benefit; e.g., formula, food, breast pumps, via the internet or by other means; e.g., Craigslist, eBay, direct sale;
  • Redeeming WIC or FMNP food instruments that were previously reported as lost or stolen;
  • Failure to return loaned breast pumps upon request from the local WIC office;
  • Participation in the program in more than one WIC clinic; or
  • Verbally abusing, threatening, or physically harming clinic, farmer or vendor staff, or other applicants or participants.

 

To report abuse of the WIC Program or misuse of WIC Coupons, please call the WIC Director at 419-354-9661.

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