WIC

At San Juan Basin Public Health’s WIC program, we believe that all pregnant woman, infants, and children deserve nutritious food. WIC makes it easy to learn about nutrition and breastfeeding and provides a debit card to buy healthy foods. We believe that moms and dads strive to provide the best for themselves and their children and sometimes need a little help along the way.

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Interested in WIC?

CONTACT

WIC is open but handling all appointments by phone due to COVID-19.

Please schedule your appointment in advance by calling:

Durango | 970 335 2026

Pagosa Springs | 970 264 2409 x3002

WIC SERVICES

WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you’re a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC. Individuals who receive Health First Colorado (Medicaid) are automatically eligible for WIC and even those who are over income for Health First Colorado qualify; one may be on WIC and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the same time.
You can participate in Colorado WIC if you:
  • Live in Colorado; U.S. citizenship is not required
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding, and/or have a child younger than 5 years
  • Have a family income less than WIC guidelines
  • Currently receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Health First Colorado (Medicaid)
  • Have a foster child under age five

Your first visit will last anywhere from one to two hours; initial appointments for pregnant women typically only take an hour, while individuals who already have one or more children will need to plan for a longer first appointment.  At the first WIC appointment, we will confirm eligibility, and screen you and your child(ren) for height, weight, and hemoglobin (check blood for anemia). We will also conduct a nutrition interview and provide appropriate nutrition education and referrals, if necessary.

After enrollment, you will receive an eWIC debit card to use (starting that day!) at local participating grocery stores, which you may use to purchase nutritious WIC foods.

Please bring:

  • Identification
  • Proof of physical address
  • Proof of income

WIC mothers are strongly encouraged to breastfeed their infants unless there is a medical reason not to. Research shows there is no better food than breast milk during a baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economical, and emotional benefits to mother and baby.

WIC provides access to trained breastfeed peer counselors for any interested moms.

The WIC Program at SJBPH has partnered with LiveWell Colorado and local growers for 2 consecutive years to provide weekly produce shares to WIC families in our service area. The goal of LiveWell Colorado’s Nutrition Incentive Program is to increase opportunities for food insecure Coloradans to consume more Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables. Throughout the 2020 growing season, 54 WIC families in our service area of La Plata, Archuleta, and San Juan Counties received weekly produce shares paid for by LiveWell Colorado. This program benefits WIC families and also gives our local farmers secure income throughout the season.

Other resources for free or low cost healthy foods for your family:

Read WIC helps address food insecurity during COVID-19.

Colorado WIC recently switched from using paper WIC checks to a convenient eWIC debit card.

WIC clients can expect a better shopping experience and fewer trips to the WIC office:

  • Swipe card instead of using paper checks
  • No need to separate WIC items at check out
  • No need to buy all WIC items at once
  • Check your eWIC balance by logging in online or see remaining balance on receipt
  • We can load and adjust monthly benefits remotely instead of printing checks at our office.
  • Replace some in-person appointments with an online nutrition education lesson. Complete a lesson on WICHealth.org and we’ll load your benefits remotely.

The free WICShopper app lets WIC participants review available benefits, scan products to identify WIC allowed foods, find WIC stores, and view recipes on your smart phone.

    1. Download the WICShopper App from the App store.
    2. Select Colorado as your WIC agency.
    3. Register your eWIC card number from the front of your eWIC card.
    4. View your benefits.
    5. Scan barcodes to identify WIC allowed foods as you shop.

WIC Shopping Tips

WICHealth

Online nutrition education lessons.

OTHER RESOURCES