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THE WIC PROGRAM CONTINUES SERVING FAMILIES DURING COVID-19

July 13, 2020

Contact:

Communications Office

(786) 336-1276                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Miami, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County WIC Program has 15 WIC centers in Miami-Dade County that continue providing virtual services. Most services will be conducted by phone, email, mail or fax including eligibility determination, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, food package assignments, and EBT card issuance. Select number of clients may need to physically come into a WIC center if they have a specialized formula that needs to be directly provided to the client or if they are unable to send documents electronically. For in-person services, 9 WIC centers remain physically open. Visit miamidadewic.org for updated information regarding the WIC Program COVID-19 response. 

Pregnant women and families with children under 5 who are experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged to apply for WIC. Most benefits and services can be provided remotely. To apply, call the WIC appointment line at 786.336.1300. Due to a higher than normal call volume you may experience longer wait times. Our dedicated WIC staff are ready to help and serve the community. 

WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to pregnant, recently postpartum, breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5 who meet the income criteria and are at nutritional risk. The income guidelines for the WIC program have recently been updated, refer to table below. Families who are currently enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), or Temporary Cash Assistance programs are automatically income eligible for the program. You do not need to be on a government assistance program to qualify. Citizenship or legal residency is not required to participate in the WIC program.

 

For more information on the WIC Program and latest updates on our COVID-19 response, visit our webpage at www.miamidadewic.org.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)   email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.