WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN, A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM (WIC)
WIC saves lives and improves the health of nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. Studies have shown that, since its inception in 1974, WIC is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention programs. The following highlights some of the program’s benefits:
- improved birth outcomes, including fewer premature births, fewer infant deaths, and savings in health care costs
- improved diet and diet-related outcomes
- improved infant feeding practices
- improved immunization rates and regular source of medical care
- improved cognitive development and children’s school-readiness
- improved pre-conception nutritional status
- improved growth of nutritionally at-risk infants and children
- decreased incidence of iron deficiency anemia in children
WIC Peer Counselor Breastfeeding Program
Sunrise Children’s Foundation has created a lactation support program to assist WIC clients in meeting their breastfeeding goals. Studies show that 75% of all pregnant women plan to breastfeed but very few are still breastfeeding six months after delivery. Breastfed babies have an I.Q. that is eight to ten points higher than that of formula fed babies. The risk of premature death in the first year of life is increased by 25% in formula fed infants. The incidence of all diseases studied is higher in formula fed individuals than in those who were breastfed. Affordable healthcare begins with breastfeeding.
Sunrise Children’s Foundation in collaboration with Nevada WIC has implemented four sites to improve the health of Nevada’s pregnant women, infants and children up to five years of age, who are eligible for the program. The Sunrise WIC Clinics, operated by Sunrise Children’s Foundation, serve approximately 15,000 individuals and families in need each month.
For more information about WIC visit www.fns.usda.gov or contact your nearest clinic.
1. Proof of Child’s Age
- Birth Certificate or Crib Card
- Custody placement letter
- Court ordered guardianship documentation
- Proof of Pregnancy (Home base program only)
2. Proof of Assitance
- SNAP award letter
- TANF award letter
- SSI, SSA, or SSD benefits
- Housing Assistance Award Letter
- Shelter Documentation
- Any other form of assistance
3. Proof of Income & Purpose of Care
- School Schedule (if applicable)
- Minimum of 6 credits must be on campus. (or a combination of work an school)
- Pension benefits
- Unemployment benefits
- Foster Reimbursement
- Adoption Sbsidies
- Copy of ALL W-2’s and 1040’s (Last Year’s Income Tax)
- Notarized letter needed if parent(s) did not file taxes stating parent’s name and reason for not filing.
- Copy of the last three (3) most recent pay stubs proving one month’s income prior to scheduled appointment (these pay stubs should prove income for current month and the month prior for all employers within the last and current year)
*If parent(s) is paid in cash or self-employed, a notarized letter stating the following will be required. It should state, start date, pay date, pay schedule and hours.