Need help? If you have difficulty understanding English or have a disability, free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request. Please contact your local WIC clinic.
Keeping Infants Safe During National Formula Shortage
There are few things that worry a parent more than their children’s health and safety. The ongoing infant formula shortage due to supply chain issues, which worsened due to a major formula recall in February, has left many caregivers feeling concerned and anxious about their options for safely feeding their infants. Learn more here.
ALERT: Powder Infant Formula Recall
The FDA warns consumers not to use certain powdered infant formula produced in an Abbott Nutrition facility in Michigan. Consumers should avoid using Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formulas if the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; the expiration date is April 1, 2022, or later.
WIC participants with these formulas are encouraged to return their product(s) to their local grocery stores or health clinic.
Help Is Here: The American Rescue Plan Delivers Major Tax Relief for Families with Children
The Child Tax Credit, part of the American Rescue Plan, is here to help families raising children to make ends meet. Check out some resources below.
WIC is a nutrition program that provides health education, healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and other services free of charge to South Carolina families who qualify.
To check to see if you may be eligible for WIC benefits, visit the WIC Prescreening Tool.
How to Apply For WIC
It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Call 1-855-4-SCDHEC (1-855-472-3432) to make an appointment.
WIC has day, afternoon and early evening appointments available. Select clinics may also have evening and Saturday appointments available. WIC even has walk-in hours!
Remember, please bring the family members applying for WIC services to the appointment (you, your child and/or your infant). If the appointment is for a child, only a parent or legal caretaker who lives with the child can bring the child and complete the paperwork.
At your appointment, you will need to bring the information listed in the 3-Steps to WIC.
WIC Supports Foster Families
All foster children under age 5 are automatically eligible for WIC. Foster families play an important role in their children's growth and development. Learn more about how WIC helps foster families here.
Voter Registration at WIC Clinics
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, Public Law 103-31, provides that WIC clinics serve as voter registration assistance sites throughout South Carolina. Voter registration forms are available at the WIC clinics. Participants may also register to vote at https://www.scvotes.org/south-carolina-voter-registration-information.
The South Carolina WIC program is intended for families in need of nutritional education and support. WIC foods and formula are to be used for the WIC participant only and cannot be sold or given away. WIC foods not used by the participant should be returned to the local WIC site. Fraud and abuse take resources away from those who need them most. Learn more about WIC fraud prevention.
Take a Quick Break and Have a Good Read
Are you aware of all the things your WIC team is doing to ensure you have complete and accurate benefits? Well, take a moment and check out some of the great work your South Carolina WIC team is doing in our Nutrition Digest. Stay tuned for an updated edition in the coming months!
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or