WIC Services Continue Through COVID-19

As a public health precaution and our commitment to protecting the well-being of our participants from the spread of COVID-19., the Public Health WIC office will be offering services by phone. WIC offices continue to be closed to the public until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We will continue to work hard to provide you and your family the services you need to stay healthy.

 

Due to the high number of WIC applications, our response time may be more than 24 hours. We thank you for your patience. A WIC representative will contact you during regular office hours.

If you do NOT have an appointment or you MISSED an appointment: Please do not come to the health department; call 859-288-2483 to discuss your options.

If you have a SCHEDULED appointment: Please be available to complete your telehealth appointment and wait for a call from a WIC representative on the day of your scheduled appointment. In order to assist you safely and quickly, modified services will be provided.

Resources

If you are unable to find your WIC food item(s) while shopping, download and use the WIC Shopper App (Apple App store or Google Play store) to scan and confirm food options. 

For more food assistance, please call United Way 211 to learn about other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties after hours. If you need immediate help with formula, The Nest Crisis Care program assists families by providing support for basic human needs and offers free resources and referrals. The Nest Crisis Care Coordinator can be reached by calling 859-259-1974 ext. 222. If you are in immediate need of diapers, baby wipes, formula, baby toiletries, general toiletries, etc. walk-ins are accepted at The Nest; please call them for hours. Family Care Center provides similar provisions, 859-218-2273.

 

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education and healthy foods to:

  • WOMEN who are pregnant, who are breastfeeding their babies, or who have given birth in the last six months
  • INFANTS newborn to 12 months
  • CHILDREN age 1-5 years

Healthy foods you or your children may receive are: milk and cheese; infant formula; iron-rich cereals; eggs; dried beans or peanut butter. Healthy foods help children grow and develop normally. Good nutrition helps to protect your whole family against health problems. Nutrition Education gives you personal tips to help you choose nutritious foods and improve your and your family’s health. This includes information on:

  • eating healthy during pregnancy
  • learning about breastfeeding and getting started after baby is born
  • healthy eating for mom after baby has been born
  • when to start baby on foods besides breastmilk or formula
  • smart grocery shopping

Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to receive a breastpump if returning to work or school. Click here to learn about our Breastfeeding Support Services.

WIC services are provided at 650 Newtown Pike. To make an appointment, call 859-288-2483 (for every WIC visit, you need to bring personal identification, proof of income — like a pay stub and your home address):

Hours of operation:

  • 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday
  • 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday
  • 8-11:30 a.m. Thursday
  • 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday

Click here to learn about WIC Income Guidelines: 185% of Poverty, Effective May 2020-July 2021.

Helpful Resources:

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 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; How to File a Complaint, 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

  1. fax: (202)690-7742; or
  2. email:  program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.