WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants and children. WIC helps families by providing an Electronic Benefits Transfer card, called the "eWIC" card, for buying healthy foods from WIC-authorized grocery stores. The program is directed toward pregnant or nursing women, as well as infants and children less than five years of age.
WIC also provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals for healthcare and other community services. Participants must meet income guidelines. WIC serves women who are pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding; infants, and children under the age of 5. Within the Cherokee Nation WIC clinics are located inide the 14 county tribal jurisdictional boundaries providing services to more than 7,300 women, infants, and children each month.
The Cherokee Nation first contracted to operate a WIC program in 1977. WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy foods, and breastfeeding education support to eligible women, infants and children including:
Infants and children under five (5) years of age
Pregnant or breastfeeding women
Women who have recently been pregnant (less than 6 months since pregnancy ended)
WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC for your child. You do not have to be Native American to apply for Cherokee Nation WIC benefits.
WIC Program Goals
The WIC Program is working to achieve the Cherokee Nation goals for Healthy, Happy Families by improving the nutritional status of our people and the Healthy People 2020 which states:
'Improving the well-being of mothers, infants, and children is an important public health goal for the United States. Their well-being determines the health of the next generation and can help predict future and public health challenges for families, communities, and health care system. The objectives of the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health topic area address a wide range of conditions, health behaviors, and health systems indicators that affect the health, wellness, and quality of life of women, children, and families.”
You can participate in Cherokee Nation WIC if you live in the Cherokee Nation WIC service area; have a nutritional need (WIC staff can help you determine this need during visit); are a child under 5, or a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, or woman who has recently been pregnant (less than 6 months since pregnancy ended); and have a family income less than WIC guidelines; currently receive SNAP (Food Stamps), SoonerCare, Food Distribution (FDPIR) or TANF (you are automatically income eligible).
You will need to provide proof of income, identification and proof of residency. Contact your Cherokee Nation WIC Clinic in your community to set up an appointment or call 1- 800-256-0671 extension 5589. Walk-ins are always welcome!
Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline
1 877-271-MILK (6455)
A 24-Hour Toll Free Breastfeeding Support Line for nursing mothers, their families, partners, prospective parents and health professionals. All calls returned by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
Cherokee Nation International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
: 1-918-453-5591 or 1-918-207-6952
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