Location and Office Hours

Main Level
Pierce County Office Building
Room 171

412 W. Kinne St.
PO Box 238
Ellsworth, WI 54011

River Falls Office
174 South Riverwalk
River Falls, WI 54022
(Evening hours available,
call the clinic for details.)

General Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed Holidays)

Phone: Main - 715.273.6755
River Falls - 715.425.8003
Fax: 715.273.6854

Staff Contacts

Director/Health Officer
Sue Galoff - EXT 6569
sgaloff@co.pierce.wi.us

Birth to Three
Sara Sabelko - EXT 6759
sara.sabelko@co.pierce.wi.us

Environmental Health
Michele Williams - EXT 6557
michele.williams@co.pierce.wi.us

Reproductive Health-
River Falls
-715.425.8003
Jena Most
jena.most@co.pierce.wi.us

WIC
Katie Bartko - EXT 6556
kbartko@co.pierce.wi.us

 

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WIC, Nutrition & Physical Activity

 

 

Public Health

WIC, Nutrition & Physical Activity


What is WIC?
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides food and nutrition information to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under five years of age healthy and strong.

Who is eligible?
You may be able to receive WIC benefits if you:
· Are pregnant, breastfeeding or a new mother; or have a child up to age      5; and
· Are a resident of Wisconsin; and
· Are income eligible.

Benefits Received by WIC Participants
You will receive nutrition information, learn about other services, and receive checks to buy foods such a milk, fruits and vegetables, and cereal.
These foods help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children healthy and strong. Farmers’ Markets vouchers are also available during the summer months to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at local farmers’ markets.

Pierce County WIC Sites

Site

Address

Clinic Dates

Ellsworth

412 W Kinne Street
Pierce County Office Building – Middle level

1st Friday, 2nd Wednesday, 3rd Saturday and 4th Thursday of each month

River Falls

174 South Riverwalk
Lower level of Edina Realty Building

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month

Prescott

206 Locust Street
United Church of Christ

3rd Tuesday of even months
(Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., Dec.)

Spring Valley

S520 Church Avenue
St. John's Church

3rd Tuesday of odd months
(Jan., Mar., May, July, Sept., Nov.)

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color,national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/oremployment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA ProgramDiscrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usdagov/complaint filing cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director,Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the FederalRelay Service at (800) 877-8339;or (800) 845-6136(Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

How to Apply

Call Pierce County WIC program: 715-273-6758
Email: mary.halls@co.pierce.wi.us or kbartko@co.pierce.wi.us

Apply online: WIC Online Application

This is the form information needed:


Participation in the WIC program is voluntary. Completion of this form will help determine WIC eligibility.

Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge. All information will be kept confidential, consistent with federal regulations and Wisconsin statutes.

WIC Applicant Information

Name:

Date of birth:

Phone:

Current address:

City:

State:

ZIP Code:

Number of people in your family (counting you):

Household income: $ ____________ (before taxes) per :  □ week    □ 2 weeks    □ month    □ year (check one)

Are you pregnant?       □ yes       □ no  

Due Date: ____/_____/_____

Have you had a baby in the last 6 months? □ yes    □ no 

Mother’s birth date: ____/____/____

Are you breastfeeding a baby who is under one year of age?     □ yes    □ no

Name, sex and birth date for each of your children under age 5.

Name

Sex

Birth Date

 

□ male     □ female

____/____/____

 

□ male     □ female

____/____/____

 

□ male     □ female

____/____/____

 

□ male     □ female

____/____/____

 

□ male     □ female

____/____/____

 

□ male     □ female

____/____/____


Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding

Nutrition Education

For more information on nutrition topics or to complete your WIC nutrition education, go to www.wichealth.org. WIC client should login with their WIC ID number (found on all check and WIC ID card). Non-WIC clients can log in as a guest to take advantage of this great source of information.
Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding is the best first food for babies.
  • Human milk is nutritionally complete.
  • Human milk supports optimal infant growth and development.
  • Breastfeeding enhances bonding between mother and child.
  • Human milk protects infants from many illnesses by boosting the immune system.
  • Breastfed infants are less likely to develop diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease later in life.
  • Breastfed infants experience fewer allergies.
  • Breastfeeding mothers may lose weight faster after delivery.
  • Breastfeeding may protect women from osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and breast and ovarian cancers. 

If you have questions or are experiencing breastfeeding difficulties contact your health care provider or call Pierce County Public Health at (715)273-6755.
Pierce County Public Health Department has breast pumps for rent (at a cost).
For more information call: (715)273-6755.
La Leche League of Wisconsin:  call 1-800-LALECHE or visit their website at http://www.lllofwi.org/

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

Your breastfeeding peer counselor is there to answer your questions or help you through those tough times.
WIC breastfeeding peer counselors:

Jenny Hince 715-781-5466
Maria Pazderkik 715-307-8704

Walk Around Pierce County

Walk Around Pierce County is a “virtual trip” around Pierce County powered by your activity. Walk, jog, swim, exercise at your club or do whatever you enjoy doing, just be active! Track your progress on the map of Pierce County by clicking on the different sites as you reach them. 
There is no cost for this activity. 30 minutes of activity a day, 5 days a week gets you around the county in three months. (Kids should be active 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week so they should make the trip twice in 3 months.) 
Directions:
Start with #1 on the site list, Pierce County Courthouse.  Log your activity on the log form until you have accumulated 30 minutes of activity time. (Remember, activity is whatever you like to do to be active: walk, run, swim, garden, etc.)  When you have 30 minutes of cumulative activity time, you have reached the Pierce County Fairgrounds.  You can click on #2 on the map to see a picture of and read about the fairgrounds.  Continue to log your activity and “walk” around the county until you have returned to the Courthouse.  If you did it in 3 months or less, great!  Keep going and increase your activity as you go.
Let us know what you think of this program.  Contact Katie Bartko at Pierce County Public Health, 273-6755 or kbartko@co.pierce.wi.us 


Designed by the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition of Pierce County
Special thanks to Pierce County Partners in Tourism for providing information and photos of many of the sites.
Walk Around Pierce County Site List
Walk Around Pierce County Log Form
Walk Around Pierce County Map

Hunger Prevention Council

The Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to reduce hunger and inadequate nutrition in Pierce County through service, education, communication and coordination. A listing of food pantries and other resources can be found at this site: http://hungerpreventioncouncil.com

FoodShare benefits help people with limited money buy the food they need for good health. Apply for FoodShare by going to this site; https://access.wisconsin.gov or calling Pierce County Economic Support at (715)273-6788.