Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Formula Shortage Information
Due to multiple factors, there is a national shortage of many infant and child formulas. The Ohio Department of Health and the WIC program are working diligently to provide choices and flexibilities to WIC families who are impacted by this complex situation. We are offering the following resources to assist and will update these as new options become available:
- Formula Shortage Frequently Asked Questions
- Where Ohioans Can Turn for Help Finding Infant and Other Specialty Formulas
- Preguntas Frecuentes Sobre la Escasez de Fórmulas
- ¿Dónde pueden acudir por ayuda los residentes de Ohio para encontrar fórmulas infantiles y especializadas?
- Enfamil Stock Search
- Safe Formula Mixing
- WIC Infant Formula Alternatives
- Alternativas de las Fórmulas de WIC
- Parents planning to breastfeed or those who need assistance can contact their local WIC office or the 24/7 Breastfeeding Hotline at 888-588-3423, text “BFHOTLINE” to 839863.
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC helps eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to 5 years of age.
The program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring eligible women to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries and physical abnormalities), and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets.
WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support; supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and iron-fortified infant formula; and referral to prenatal and pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs.
To apply for WIC benefits, please visit a WIC clinic near you.
To find your local WIC clinic, you can:
- Download the WIC Clinic Directory.
- Call 1-844-601-6881.
- Call 1-800-755-GROW (4769).
- Visit https://www.signupwic.com.
- Text: wic + your zip code to 1-844-601-6881 (example: wic43215).
Check to see if you may be eligible for WIC benefits by using the WIC Prescreening Tool: WIC Prescreening Tool.
You can print the WIC Program Application and submit it to your local WIC clinic.
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, Public Law 103-31, provides that WIC clinics serve as voter registration assistance sites throughout Ohio. Applicants can register to vote at any WIC clinic in their communities, or registration can be completed through the online services of the Secretary of State’s office at:
Fraud and Abuse
The Ohio WIC program is counting on you to help improve the health of your community! If you are unsure of a procedure, or you suspect a vendor or participant is violating the Program’s rules and regulations, contact the State WIC office. The State WIC office can be reached at 1-800-282-3435.