Welcome to WIC, our goal is to support women, infants and children
during critical times of growth and development by providing them
with: nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy
eating, and referrals to health care.
Title VI - Nondiscrimination
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department assures that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination on the grounds of handicap or disability, age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other classification protected by Federal, Tennessee State constitutional, or statutory law.
What is WIC?
WIC is a program that offers
nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, nutritious
foods, and health referrals to women, infants, and children who
Who participates in WIC?
What does WIC offer?
During a WIC visit, growth measurements and hemoglobin levels
(iron levels in the blood) are checked and nutrition information
is given. Participants also receive food vouchers that they can
use to purchase certain WIC approved foods. WIC foods are high in
key nutrients that women and children need for good health, such
as iron, calcium and
folic acid. There is also a special food package for mothers
who fully breastfeed their infants. Foods bought with WIC vouchers
are meant to be combined with other purchased foods to provide balanced
meals for those who receive WIC.
Families who qualify for Medicaid, TennCare, SNAP and Temporary
Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are income qualified for WIC.
Many other persons not receiving benefits from these programs may
If you have questions about qualifying for the WIC Program, please
call your local WIC clinic (see list below) or the WIC Regional
Office at (423) 209-8220.
Where can I spend WIC vouchers?
Almost all chain grocery stores and some independently owned stores
accept WIC vouchers. Look for the emblem in the store window or
on the door that says “Tennessee WIC Vouchers Accepted Here." Helpful
things to know about vouchers:
WIC Income Eligibility Criteria
How can WIC help me with feeding my baby?
Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk
for a baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health,
nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to mother and baby.
Since a major goal of the WIC Program is to improve the nutritional
status of infants, WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their
infants. WIC has historically promoted breastfeeding to all pregnant
women as the optimal infant feeding choice, unless medically contraindicated.
For more information, please visit the
USDA Breastfeeding Promotion and Support website.
However, if you decide to use formula, the WIC program can help
reduce monthly costs by assisting you with vouchers for standard
Similac milk-based or soy formula. Therapeutic formulas may be
available with proper documentation from a physician for infants
and children with particular health problems. Please discuss your
baby’s nutrition with your pediatrician or call your WIC clinic
for more information on breast feeding or on infant formula.
What do I bring to my WIC appointment?
All WIC visits are by appointment only. You must bring ALL of the following information
to each WIC certification/recertification visit:
You must bring one item from each of the 3 categories below:
1. Acceptable types of proof of identification (for the
caretaker and person applying for WIC) include:
2. Acceptable types of proof of residency (must include
street address) include:
3. Acceptable types of proof of income (must bring for
each/all household members) include:
Bringing the necessary information helps us to better serve you,
your children, and other WIC participants.
The WIC Program works through a voucher system and grocery stores
known as WIC Vendors provide the supplemental foods to WIC participants.
A Vendor Coordinator works with the local WIC Vendors who accept
WIC Vouchers to provide up-to-date WIC policies and procedures.
If you are the owner or manager of a local grocery store and would
like more information about the Merchant Program, please call 209-8312
*Family Health Pediatric Clinic—Hamilton County
921 E. 3rd St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone (423) 209-8050 Fax (423) 209-8051
Business hours: Monday (8AM-4PM), Tuesday (8AM-6PM), Wednesday (8AM-4PM), Thursday (9AM-4PM), and Friday (8AM-4PM)
*Ooltewah Health Center
5520 High St.
Ooltewah, TN 37363
Phone (423) 238-4269 Fax (423) 238-5910
Business hours: Monday (8AM-6PM), Tuesday (8AM-4PM), Wednesday (8AM-4PM), Thursday (9AM-4PM), and Friday (8AM-4PM)
*Sequoyah Health Center
9527 Ridge Trail Rd.
Soddy Daisy, TN 37379
Phone (423) 842-3031 Fax (423) 842-5353
Business hours: Monday (8AM-4PM), Tuesday (8AM-4PM), Wednesday (8AM-6PM), Thursday (9AM-4PM), and Friday (8AM-4PM)
*Birchwood Health Center
5623 Hwy 60
Birchwood, TN 37308
Phone (423) 961-0446 Fax (423) 961-2344
Business hours: Monday (8AM-4PM), Tuesday (8AM-3PM), Wednesday (8AM-6PM), Thursday (9AM-3PM), and Friday (8AM-4PM)
Dodson Avenue Community Health Center
1200 Dodson Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 209-8220 for appointments
Where can I get more information about WIC?
WIC Breastfeeding Support Information