Nutrition/WIC

What is WIC Nutrition Program?

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is designed to improve the health and well-being of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk by providing:

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding Education and Support
  • Referrals for health care
  • Free language assistance

Income Guidelines and Benefits

Did you know if you qualify for Medicaid or Food Assistance you will automatically qualify for WIC? You can apply for Medicaid and food assistance online at epass.nc.gov or come into our office at 40 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville.

WIC Clinic Locations

Health & Human Services

7 Yorkshire Street
Asheville, NC 28803
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (828) 250-5000

MAHEC OB-GYN Specialists

119 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
For patients of MAHEC OB-GYN Specialists and their children.
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (828) 771-5436

Western North Carolina Community
Health Services (WNCCHS)

The Minnie Jones Health Center
257 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
For patients of WNCCHS and their children.
Hours: Monday - Friday:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (828) 285-0622, Ext. 2174

Buncombe County Human Services West
(BCHS-West)

339 Leicester Highway, Suite 120
Asheville, NC 28806
Hours: Monday – Friday:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (828) 250-5000

Making an appointment for Nutrition Services

New and returning WIC patients:

Call 250-5000 to make appointment for WIC services

What to bring with you

You will need to bring the following information for each family member that is applying for WIC:

Proof of ID: (Bring one)

  • current driver’s license,
  • Social Security card,
  • Work/school ID,
  • Medicaid card,
  • Military ID,
  • Birth certificate,
  • Immunization record.

Proof of Residence: (Bring one)

  • Proof of where you live: (Bring one)
  • Recent bill (electric, gas, cable or telephone),
  • Current rent or mortgage agreement,
  • Current driver’s license.

Proof of income: (Bring one)
(Before taxes for all who live in your house)

  • Current Medicaid card,
  • Letter of certification from Food & Nutrition Services,
  • Last paycheck stub,
  • Letter from job with gross income and how often you are paid. If self-employed, recent tax return.

Note: Immunization records must be brought to the first appointment for all infants and children up to age 5.

Breastfeeding Support Services

Breastfeeding support is available to WIC patients by calling 250-5325.

Services available to breastfeeding women enrolled on WIC include:

  • Breastfeeding education and support for prenatal and breastfeeding women by breastfeeding peer counselors.
  • Consultations with a trained breastfeeding educator for breastfeeding concerns.
  • Infant Feeding Class to learn how to feed your baby – taken during your pregnancy
  • Manual and electric breast pumps – call to find out which will best meet your needs.

How are services paid for?

There is no charge for WIC services.

For More Information

Find out more information about the WIC program and what services it can provide you and your family. Download the brochure below.

Healthy Recipes

Looking for healthy recipes for your family? A television cooking show called "Cooking for Your Health" can be seen online. It can also be viewed on Charter Cable channel 2. Shows change randomly and provide recipes that are also available at the link above. The show is produced by Buncombe County TV (BCTV).