Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

It Is Not Safe to Make Infant Formula at HomeInfant Formula Recall

Three brands of powdered infant formula were recalled on February 17, 2022, for possible Cronobacter contamination. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating several consumer complaints about sick infants who were fed powdered formula.

Recalled powdered infant formula includes the brand names Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare with:

  • 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 (APR 2022) or later

In addition to products described above, Abbott Nutrition has recalled Similac PM 60/40 with a lot code of 27032K80 (can) / 27032K800 (case).

Do not feed infants recalled powdered formula. For more information on this recall and refund information, visit the Similac Recall website. For additional details, visit the FDA website.

Information for WIC Clients

We are aware that many WIC families have been having difficulty purchasing WIC formula since the Similac formula recall in February. New formula options and alternate can sizes are temporarily allowable with your current WIC formula package. (Please note that if you choose to purchase the medium, large, or extra large containers of formula, it will "count" as 1.5 cans, 2 cans, or 2.5 cans depending on the size you choose).

View the July 14, 2022 Complete List of Temporary Formula Choices (PDF)

The Michigan WIC website is updated with the most current information about the recall - please visit their site for more details. If you would like help choosing a safe formula for your baby or have questions about breastfeeding, please call the WIC office at 734-240-7800.

Please don't feed your baby diluted or homemade baby formula. Its not safe and doesn't give your baby the right nutrition for healthy growth and development. For more information, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website.

Monroe County Health Department WIC ProgramMonroe County WIC Program

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) gives you access to healthy food, nutrition education and breastfeeding guidance. If you're pregnant, a caregiver, or a mom with a child under 5, you can get the right personalized support for you and your family.

All caregivers are welcome at WIC. Caregivers with a low to medium income and those who are part of other programs such as foster care, medical assistance, or SNAP are eligible. Contact us for details.

We have resources, knowledge, and tools to help you be the parent you want to be.

WIC services available for qualifying participants include:

  • Assessment of nutritional needs
  • Nutrition counseling and a variety of learning opportunities
  • Benefits for nutritious food (food packages vary depending on certification category)
  • Breastfeeding promotion and support
  • Project Fresh
  • Immunization assessment and referral
  • Hemoglobin and blood lead testing for eligible participants
  • Fluoride varnish for eligible participants
  • Referrals to other health and social service agencies

Eligibility

Find out if you may be eligible: WIC Client Connect.

Eligibility for services:

  • Resident of the state of Michigan
  • Income eligible (see income guidelines) or on Medicaid, Food Stamps, or FIP

Michigan WIC Income Guidelines - Effective Date: June 1, 2022
Based on gross income* (before taxes) cannot exceed the following amounts:

Family SizeHourlyWeeklyMonthlyAnnually
1$12.08$484$2,096$25,142
2$16.28$652$2,823$33,874
3$20.48$820$3,551$42,606
4$24.68$988$4,279$51,338
5$28.87$1,156$5,006$60,070
6$33.07$1,324$5,734$68,802
7$37.20$1,492$6,462$77,534
8$41.47$1,659$7,189$86,266


For additional family members add $8,732 annually.

Note: A pregnant woman is counted as 1 plus the number of infants expected (1 or more) when determining income eligibility for the family.

Making Appointments

WIC services are available by phone or in-person.  Appointments are required at all of our locations.

To schedule a WIC appointment or for questions about an existing appointment, please call 734-240-7800.

Further Information

  • For questions about breastfeeding, please call the Breastfeeding Warm Line, 734-240-7901, anytime day or night. A Lactation Specialist will return your call within 2 business days.
  • Locate Michigan stores that accept WIC: WIC Client Connect
  • To report your WIC EBT card lost or stolen or to change your PIN number please call 888-678-8914 (toll free).
  • Michigan WIC participants can learn more about the Michigan WIC Connect app and download it for free on their Apple or Android device.  The app can be used to view current WIC benefits and find more information about WIC approved foods.
  • View more information about the Michigan WIC Program.
  • Find a WIC office anywhere in the United States.
  • Help WIC work! To report vendor or client program abuse please call 800-CALL-WIC (toll free). You can also report WIC fraud and abuse via email. Find more information about reporting WIC fraud and abuse.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is recognized worldwide by scientific and medical organizations as a means to improve infant nutrition and maternal health, promote child development, and reduce health disparities. Research shows that when mothers are supported by family, friends, and employers and they get breastfeeding help from lactation consultants and breastfeeding peer counselors, they resolve problems quicker and become more satisfied with their infant feeding experience. The Monroe County WIC Program can provide you with free information on breastfeeding; please call the Breastfeeding Warm Line 734-240-7901 anytime day or night to learn more. A Lactation Specialist will return your call within 2 business days.

Please note: Find information about breastfeeding rates: CDC Breastfeeding Report Card.

U.S. Department of Department of Agriculture (USDA) Non-Discrimination Statement

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 (PDF) which can be obtained online, 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 one of the following:

  1. Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: 833-256-1665 or 202-690-7442
  3. Email Program Intake

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.