The WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children) provides access to healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to health care and other community resources. You can trust WIC to be your family's nutrition expert during critical periods of growth and development, like pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.
how do i join wic?
WIC is for income-eligible Vermont residents who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a new baby, and children under age 5. Parents, grandparents and foster parents may apply for children in their care. Or, if you or your child is on Medicaid, Dr. Dynasaur or 3SquaresVT/SNAP, you can join WIC.
"I don't feel alone. Sounds silly but I'm a single mom and just to have people there for my kids feels like help and support and I love that it's there." - Vermont WIC Participant
Local WIC Highlights
The Bennington Office of Local Health is the place to come for WIC if you live in:
Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastonbury, Landgrove, Manchester, Peru, Pownal, Readsboro, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland, Winhall, and Woodford
Is your home in another town? Find out which office is for you.
We offer WIC appointments in our Bennington office as well as in two other communities to serve our families closer to where they live. Please call our office to find an appointment in a location that's most convenient for you: 802-447-6408 or toll-free 1-888-296-8151.
A clinic is offered in Pownal the first Wednesday of every month.
Pownal United Methodist Church
284 Church Street
Pownal, VT 05261
A clinic is offered in Manchester the third Wednesday of every month.
First Congregational Church
3624 Main Street
Manchester VT, 05254
WIC activities are offered in the office and community. Find out what WIC activities are happening in your area.
- WIC staff offers a variety of classes and activities throughout the year, such as prenatal and postpartum classes, "MyPlate Activity", and playgroups at the MAYCA studio.
- Participation in an activity or a WIChealth.org lesson helps keep your benefits active.
- For your convenience, we partner with others in local communities, such as Head Start, Southern Vermont Medical Center, and EFNEP, to have their activities and and classes count toward WIC nutrition and health education requirements.
- Extra WIC foods for breastfeeding parents
- Breastfeeding peer counselors (available in some offices)
- Referrals to community lactation consultants and other support services
- Breast pumps
- Breastfeeding groups and classes
Our staff, including an IBCLC, is available to answer breastfeeding questions and provide breastfeeding resources to help you and your baby meet your breastfeeding goals.
For more details, see the WIC breastfeeding section of this page or call us at 802-447-6408
At a farmers market you can buy just-picked fruits and vegetables and find something new to try. The market 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. See a list of participating farmers markets.
We pride ourselves in making sure families are connected with the resources in our community to help meet and maintain their goals. We connect WIC participants with a variety of resources related to food, child care, health care, drug and alcohol programs and housing.
- Health Insurance
- Affordable Housing
Some community partners we make referrals to include: