The Louisiana WIC program serves as an adjunct and gateway to the following coordinated health initiatives and services:

  • Breastfeeding promotion and support
  • Prenatal care referrals
  • Immunization assessment and referrals
  • Nutrition and health screening
  • High – risk nutrition assessment and counseling
  • Prenatal weight gain monitoring and education
  • Education to include eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Education about iron-deficiency anemia
  • Education for cessation of smoking, drugs and alcohol use

One of the primary benefits of the WIC program is the supplemental food packages. These food packages come in the form of a voucher or food instrument. The food instrument allows participants to purchase WIC approved foods at any of the 700 WIC Approved Vendors throughout Louisiana.

The WIC food packages are developed with USDA regulations. They include items low in fat, high in fiber and more culturally appropriate. In addition, breastfeeding support has been improved and is a high priority, as is overall nutrition for women and children.

The goal for providers is to help participants meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Healthy People 2020 Objectives, and follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for infant nutrition.

PROVIDER RESOURCES

Louisiana WIC Provider Guide
WIC Approved Formulary
Frequently Used ICD-9 and ICD-10 Codes
Qualifying Conditions for Special Formula Food Packages
AAP Memo Re: The WIC Food Packages

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WIC Authorized Vendors are an essential component to the success of the WIC program. The Vendor’s role in improving the health of women and children in Louisiana is vital. Vendors make sure that WIC participants receive the right type and amount of food in the right month. This reiterates the health education WIC providers offer. Being a WIC Vendor is important. WIC wants all Vendors to know they are appreciated!

If at any time you have any questions or need additional assistance, please visit the Louisiana WIC Authorized Vendor Hub or contact us at 504.568.8229 or by Fax at 800.251.8232.

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WIC is a community of families, health care providers and merchants who support the health of Louisiana’s children. Everyone has a part to play. There’s a whole WIC Community! Share our recipes, exercise tips, and news by following Partners for Healthy Babies on Facebook and Twitter.

mother and daughter at the WIC office