Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
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Interpretive services and assistance for the hearing-impaired and/or vision-impaired are available at the WIC office at no cost.
What is WIC? The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a supplemental nutrition program that helps families stay healthy!
What does WIC provide? WIC provides access to healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, support for families and caretakers of young children, and resources and referrals for other services.
Who is WIC for? You can participate in WIC if you:
- Are pregnant, a new mom, breastfeeding, or have an infant or child under age 5.
- Live in Montana
- Receive Medicaid or have a family income less than or equal to WIC income guidelines (see below).
- Have a nutritional need determined by a WIC nutritionist.
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Who is eligible?
- Pregnant individuals
- Breastfeeding individuals
- Postpartum individuals
- Children under 5 years
Are there income limits?
Participants must meet household income guidelines.
If you receive Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF benefits for a child in your care, you may automatically qualify for WIC.
If you are unsure if you meet the income criteria, check out the WIC Prescreening Tool.
How do I sign up?
There is no application to fill out. Just bring these to the WIC office:
- Medicaid card, if you have one
- Photo ID
- Proof of address (such as a utility bill)
- Proof of income
Preparing for appointments
To schedule an appointment or get enrolled in the WIC program, call (406) 454-6953 or (406) 868-6897.
For your first appointment, please bring your Medicaid card, photo ID, proof of address (such as a utility bill), and proof of income.
WIC benefits are loaded onto your WIC/EBT card at each appointment, and you can use it like a debit card at WIC-authorized stores.
You can download the WIC Shopper App on your smartphone to view your benefits at any time or request an account balance at the grocery store before you shop. The WIC Shopper App provides a list of food items that can be purchased with your benefits and a bar code scanner that allows you to check individual items while shopping.
If you lose your WIC/EBT card or have questions about using your card, please call our office at (406) 454-6953 or (406) 868-6897.
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Do you know of someone that may be interested in the WIC program? Providers are strongly encouraged to utilize the CONNECT Referral System, or anyone may share our phone number (406-454-6953)!
- Formula Prescription Form
- Montana Medicaid Breast Pump Application
- PUMP Act information
- To request a presentation for your staff or support for your client, please email Jo-Viviane Jones or call 406-791-9262.
Help spread the word
The free printable image or PDF below may be shared on your social media or organization website, placed in your office lobby, or given to friends and clients!
WIC Breastfeeding Support
WIC is here to support your breastfeeding goals from pregnancy through weaning, and transitioning back to work or school.
WIC provides breastfeeding information, support, and counseling to mothers during pregnancy. After delivery, our Certified Lactation Counselors continue to assist mothers and babies to successfully breastfeed. For moms who breastfeed, WIC provides additional nutritious foods. Breast pumps may also be available.
No appointment necessary - call or visit Cascade County WIC today!
Benefits of Breastfeeding
There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Some are more beneficial to the mother, while others are more important to the baby. Benefits include:
- Better for baby:
- Superior to formula - it is easy to digest, is full of the nutrients your baby needs, and has many antiviral substances that protect against infection
- Helps develop healthy attachment and bonding between mother and child
- Lowers the risk of your baby developing allergies, diabetes, asthma, or cancer
- Helps protect your baby from getting sick and helps prevent ear infections
- Breastfed babies are less likely to be overfed
- Promotes good jaw and tooth development
- Better for mom:
- Protects you from iron deficiency and helps you feel stronger
- Reduces your risk of getting cancer, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and endometrial cancers
- Reduces your risk of osteoporosis
- Saves you thousands of dollars that you would have to spend on formula, avoids the stress of worrying about formula shortages, and requires no special preparation
- May help a mother return to her pre-pregnancy condition sooner - it causes the mother's uterus to contract and can burn 500 to 700 calories a day
- May have a positive environmental impact, since there are usually no containers to wash, heat, or throw away
For more information or immediate assistance with breastfeeding questions, email the Cascade County WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor or call 406-454-6953. Certified Lactation Counselors are also available for additional support.
General information about the many benefits of breastfeeding may also be found at https://wicbreastfeeding.fns.usda.gov/.
Where can breastfeeding moms connect? The Lactation Lounge is a friendly, casual, and safe mom-to-mom meetup every Friday from 10am-noon!
Please call 406-212-2931 with any questions about the Lactation Lounge meetups.
Every summer, WIC clients can get vouchers from the WIC program to redeem for fresh, local fruits and vegetables from participating farmers' market vendors at the Great Falls Farmers' Market and other farmers markets in Montana!
Vouchers can be claimed at the beginning of the farmers' market season by calling 406-454-6953 or visiting our office at 115 4th St. S., Great Falls. Recipients must be actively enrolled in the WIC program to be eligible.
Vouchers are valued at $30 per WIC program participant and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
The vouchers can be exchanged for fruits and veggies at any participating farmers' market booth in Montana - just look for booths displaying the WIC sign.
The Great Falls Farmers' Market is held every Saturday in downtown Great Falls from 8:30AM to 1:00PM, starting the first Saturday of June through the last Saturday of September. There is also a participating vendor at the corner of Central Ave W and 3rd St NW on Saturdays from 7AM to 3PM.
Vouchers must be used before the end of September in the year they are received.
Participating in the Farmers Market Program provides farmers with additional sales opportunities, promotes the production of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, and helps support the local economy.
If you operate a booth and are interested in joining the Farm Direct Program, please visit https://dphhs.mt.gov/ecfsd/wic/farmdirect for more information.
A healthy meal can still be delicious and inexpensive! Here are a few recipes to try at home:
Meet the Cascade County WIC Team!
Cascade County WIC is located at the Cascade City-County Health Department at 115 4th St S in Great Falls and serves over 1,000 participants each month. Combined, the team has over 100 years of experience with the WIC program!
Family Health Services Division Manager
|Jo-Viviane’s passion for helping children and families spans over four decades, beginning her Social Work career working in children’s homes in Germany. It is her belief that early intervention in the form of breastfeeding, nutrition, parenting support and involvement is the key to healthy lifestyles and relationships, and preventing child abuse and neglect. During her off time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family, friends, and her blue heelers.
WIC Program Manager
Mattie has worked in the WIC program for 38 years. She has supported the program in Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and California, including with the Shoshone/Arapahoe Tribes. She enjoys working with young families to promote healthy lifestyles and eating habits.
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Mary has worked at the WIC front desk as a Nutrition Education Aide for 6 ½ years. She enjoys crocheting. The magnets displayed around the WIC office are ones Mary has crocheted!
Mary was born in Germany, and is half German, but her German last name comes from getting married 40 years ago.
Michele has worked at WIC for almost 9 years and is fascinated by how much food and nutrition impacts overall health and wellness. Michele is a Certified Lactation Counselor. She is passionate about empowering young moms in giving their babies the best starts.
Jerilynn is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and has a Master of Science in Nutrition. She has worked in clinical and community nutrition. Jerilynn's passion is helping people find ways to get more fruits and veggies in their day! In her free time, Jerilynn loves spending time with family, hiking, and reading.
|Serena was born and raised here in Great Falls. She left for a little while and eventually found her way back here, which she is ecstatic about! Serena loves gardening, cooking, and connecting with people in our community.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
|Marci is the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and a proud Mom of two kids. She supports breastfeeding Moms and children at the WIC clinic and within the community. Marci enjoys art, fitness, & scuba diving.