September 12, 2022
Changes planned for WIC services in Mobile County
MOBILE, Ala. — The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) special supplemental nutrition program managed by the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) will be making some changes. The WIC clinic that has been operating out of the Women’s Center (248 Cox Street in Mobile) will no longer be open as of Friday, September 30.
This clinic had previously been run out of the adjacent Newburn Building’s TEEN Center. However, that structure is currently closed for renovation.
All WIC records will automatically transfer to the main WIC offices at the Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile, 251-690-8829). If a client wishes to receive WIC services at a different location, here are the other locations in Mobile County:
• Citronelle Health Center, 19250 North Mobile Street, 251-866-5940
• Eight Mile Health Center, 4009 Saint Stephens Road in Prichard, 251-457-4186
• Semmes Health Center, 3810 Wulff Road East, 251-445-0581
• Southwest Public Health Center, 5580 Inn Road in Tillman’s Corner, 251-602-8451
“We regret that we will not be able to continue to serve you at this location,” Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, said of the Women’s Center/TEEN Center site. “Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns or if there is anything at all that we can do to help you through this difficult transition.”
To be eligible for WIC, one must be a pregnant woman, breastfeeding woman, postpartum woman, or a child less than 5 years of age. Pregnant women and children 1 to 5 years old may receive yogurt, milk, eggs, cheese, juice, cereal, whole grains, beans or peanut butter, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Breastfeeding women may get all these foods, canned tuna or salmon, milk, cheese, and eggs. Infants may receive infant formula, if not fully breastfed, and infant cereal, fruits, and vegetables after 6 months of age.
WIC participants must have both limited income and nutritional needs. Families who receive Medicaid, SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps), or Family Assistance (formerly known as TANF or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) already meet the income qualifications for WIC.
Under the latest federal poverty guidelines, more families may be eligible for the program. WIC is open to participants with incomes up to 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
MCHD’s Office of Nutrition Services manages the local WIC program. A monthly average of 11,272 participants received WIC food instruments during the Fiscal Year 2021.
To qualify, a person must meet income guidelines, be a resident of Alabama, and have been seen by a health professional at the WIC clinic. For more information, visit https://mchd.org/wic or call 251-690-8829.