WIC in East Central Vermont

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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.
 
APPLY now!  Or text VTWIC to 855-11 to sign up!
 
"The staff was so sweet, and I didn't feel judged for the first time in a long time."    - Vermont WIC Participant

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Local WIC Highlights

What towns does the Whte River Junction office serve?

The White River Junction Office of Local Health is the place to come for WIC if you live in:

Barnard, Bethel, Bradford, Bridgewater, Chelsea, Corinth, Fairlee, Hartford (including Quechee, White River Junction, Wilder), Hartland, Norwich, Pomfret, Randolph, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, Stockbridge, Strafford, Thetford, Tunbridge, Vershire, West Fairlee, Woodstock

Is your home in another town? Find out which office is for you.

Clinics

We offer WIC appointments in our White River Junction offices as well as in six other communities to serve our families closer to where they live (see available clinic locations below). Please call our office to find an appointment in a location that's most convenient for you: 802-295-8820 or toll-free 1-888-253-8799.

Bethel

Christ Church building
Christ Church Parish House
North Main Street
Bethel, VT
 
Second Tuesday of the month.

Directions: Go north on Main Street/Route 12 in Bethel. Where Route 12 goes left over the bridge, stay straight. Parish House is 2nd building on right past the Post Office: a white house set up on a hill between a blue house and white church.

BRADFORD

church
Evangelical Church
Lower Plain Road
Bradford, VT
 
First and third Fridays of each month.

Directions: Go south on Route 5 from the Junction of Routes 5 & 25, about ¼ to ½ mile on left. Look for a large white building set back from road. If you pass Clara Martin Center you’ve gone too far.

CHELSEA

white church
United Church of Chelsea
13 North Common Street,Chelsea, VT
 
Third Thursday of even months.

Directions: On the village green (North Common) at the intersection of Rt. 110 and 113.

RANDOLPH

church
Bethany Church
30 North Main Street Randolph, VT
 
Generally held the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Directions: At the corner of Main and School Streets just north of ‘downtown’.  Across the street from Washburn’s Laundromat and the Chandler Music Hall.

SOUTH ROYALTON

church
United Church
67 South Windsor Street
South Royalton, VT
 
Fourth Monday of each month.

Directions: Across from South Royalton village green (on the side toward the White River)…next to Dr. Becky Foulk’s office/The So. Royalton Health Center.  Has a bright red door.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

White River Junction, VT local health office building
Health Department
118 Prospect Street
White River Junction, VT

Generally held first, second, and fourth Wednesdays and second and third Mondays of the month.

Directions: New building right by the Connecticut River. From the intersection of Bridge Street and Maple Street (Hartford Municipal Building), head toward the Connecticut River and make a left at the traffic light onto Prospect Street (directly across from the Listen Center driveway). If you cross the bridge into New Hampshire, you’ve gone too far. We are in the building at the end of the drive on the third floor.

WOODSTOCK

church
St. James Episcopal Church
On the Green
Woodstock, VT

Second Friday of the month in March, June, September and December.

Directions: In Woodstock, Stone Church at the end of the green across from the Town Hall.  Parking spaces are on Rt. 4

Nutrition and Health Education

WIC activities are offered in the office and community. Find out what WIC activities are happening in your area.

  • WIC staff offer a variety of classes throughout the year, such as Make Your Own Baby Food, “Snacktivities” and seasonal recipes to help make the most of your WIC foods and budget.
  • Participation in an activity or a WIChealth.org lesson helps keep your benefits active.

Sign up to get tips, tools and online lessons

Check out our Facebook Page for current activities, or look up your county on the Health Department Events Calendar.

Learn more about eating well with WIC

Nutrition Activities

Breastfeeding Group

Typically help the third Wednesday of every other month in our office in White River Junction.

Groovy Smoothies

A fun session to try new recipes for healthy smoothies for your family.

Farm to Family

A program to distribute coupons to WIC families to purchase fruits and veggies at local farmers' markets throughout the summer.

Grocery Store Tours

There's a lot to learn about WIC offerings at your local grocery store and the best ways to get your full benefits from your card. Join us at the store to get a tour!

Fit WIC Fun

Fit WIC Fun is a chance to get some good physical activity with your family.

WICHealth.org

WICHealth.org offers valuable nutrition information and allows you to meet second nutrition requirements to maintain WIC benefits. You'll need your family ID number to register. Need help finding your ID number? Call us at 802-295-8820 or toll-free 888-253-8799.

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.

Individual personal appointments

Have an individual peronal appointment with one of our nutritionists to discuss concerns and do weight or iron checks as necessary.

Breastfeeding Support

There are many ways WIC can help you succeed with breastfeeding, including:

  • Extra WIC foods for breastfeeding parents
  • Referrals to community lactation consultants and other support services
  • Breast pumps
  • Breastfeeding groups and classes

woman breastfeeding infant with two toddlers at the table

  • Help is available to make sure families make the most of breastfeeding by answering questions and providing support on baby feeding and behavior.
  • Breastfeeding resources and education are offered to all pregnant women as they prepare for the arrival of their new baby.
  • Our office is breastfeeding friendly!  Anyone can use our private infant feeding room.

For more details, see the WIC breastfeeding section of this page or call us at 802-295-8820

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Shopping Information

Find out where in Vermont to shop for WIC foods in your area.

Choose from these foods shown in the WIC Shopping Guide.wonan with infant shopping for vegetalbes

Use the WICShopper Smartphone App, and learn more about shopping with WIC!
 
Farm to Family

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 (link is external).

  • Coupons are available for use at participating markets throughout our region on a first come, first served basis.
  • Coupons can be picked up at our office after completing a WIChealth.org lesson or attending a scheduled distribution at the office or a local market.
  • Coupons can be used July through October, giving families the chance to select their favorite fruits and vegetables!
Health Care Referrals and Community Programs

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 Care and Community Program Referrals

  • Home visiting is available through a referral to the Children’s Integrated Services Program for families from pregnancy to age 5.  Get support for breastfeeding, parenting, child care, screenings and help connecting with other services and resources.
  • Need help finding a local doctor or dentist?  Need to know how to access food stamps or health insurance?  WIC staff can help!

Learn more about how we can help with referrals