WIC is the Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides healthy food and a whole lot more, including nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to health care and other community programs. You can trust WIC to be your family's nutrition expert during critical periods of growth and development, like pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.
Over half the new babies and 40% of pregnant women in Vermont benefit from WIC. The Bennington WIC office serves the communities of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Landgrove, Manchester, Peru, Pownal, Readsboro, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland, Winhall and Woodford.
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WIC Clinics are held in the Bennington office. We also have monthly clinics at our Manchester Outreach Clinic, held at the First Congregational Church (across from the Equinox Hotel), 3624 Main St., Manchester, Vermont. The Manchester clinics are generally the third Wednesday of the month. For either location, call us at 802-447-6408 to schedule or check on times.
We offer a variety of learning opportunities to help you keep your family healthy. For time and dates, call 802-447-6408.
Bump Club – What to eat for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, understanding your newborn baby’s behavior, food packages for newborns and post-partum moms.
Breastfeeding Basics – Planning to nurse? Not quite sure? Learn how to get a good start in the hospital and early weeks.
Secrets of Baby Behavior – Learn how to recognize hunger cues, sleep patterns, reasons for crying and solutions to common concerns.
Back to Work or School & Breastfeeding – Topics include pumping and storing your milk, maintaining a good milk supply, working with your child care provider when returning to work or school.
Fit WIC: Fit WIC encourages your family to play every day, with ideas for indoor and outdoor play, building skills, and finding new places to visit. Caring for Your Infant and Young Child
WIC2Five: WIC2Five provides weekly health and nutrition tips by text. Each message is specific to your child’s age and stage of development, and offers helpful health and nutrition information, and more! WIC2five is just one of the many benefits from WIC, your family’s trusted source for nutrition information.
WICHealth.org Online Learning (in English and Spanish) – Online nutrition education for WIC participants. Convenience at its best! You can do this anytime and anywhere you have internet access. Use any computer, tablet or smart phone.
Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
Public health nurses and a nutritionist are available to answer breastfeeding questions to help you and your baby get off to a good start. Breast pumps are available for WIC participants returning to work or school. We also help worksites become breastfeeding-friendly. Learn more about breastfeeding here, or call us at 802-447-6408. View Prenatal and Breastfeeding Classes.
WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors offer mom-to-mom support and help you learn what to expect while breastfeeding. Mom-to-mom support, in addition to the guidance provided from lactation consultants, physicians and your WIC nutritionist, can help you feel confident every step of the way.
Shopping for WIC-approved Foods
WIC food benefits are accessed with an electronic benefits card. The card looks and works like a debit card. You can shop when it's convenient and choose from a wide variety of WIC-approved foods at the following stores.
- Price Chopper (Bennington and Manchester)
- Shaw’s (Manchester)
- Hannaford (Bennington)
- Willy’s Variety (Bennington)
- Super Walmart (Bennington)
- Super Walmart (North Adams, MA)
Visiting local farmers markets is an opportunity to support local growers, buy just-picked fruits and vegetables and find something new to try. It can also be a great learning experience for your kids! The Vermont Farm to Family Program offers coupons for free, locally grown vegetables and fruits to eligible WIC participants at participating farmers markets.
Farmers Markets in Bennington County*
- Bennington Farmers Market
- Manchester Farmers Market
- Dorset Farmers Market
- Putney Farmers Market
- Brattleboro Farmers Market
- Williamstown Farmers Market (MA)
- North Adams Farmers Market (MA)
- Cambridge Farmers Market (NY)
- Troy Farmers Market (NY)
*some of these markets may not accept Farm to Family coupons
A trip to a local U-pick farm makes a fun family outing. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine while choosing the best quality fruits and vegetables at the peak of ripeness. There are lots of benefits to picking your own - you reconnect with nature, support your local economy, and get to know your local farmers. A visit to a U-pick farm is a great opportunity for kids to experience firsthand where their food comes from and learn how it grows. Studies show kids are more likely to eat their fruits and vegetables if they have a hand in the harvest. Here are some area U-pick farms: