Division Contact

Public Health and WIC
Susan Lorenz, Health Administrator and Public Health Officer


What is WIC

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program provides supplemental foods and nutrition education to help keep pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under five years of age healthy and strong.

To find out more, or to schedule an appointment call WIC at 608-742-9254.

WIC provides the following:

  1. Nutritional assessment and counseling
  2. Breastfeeding education and support
  3. Practical tips on food shopping, recipes, feeding your infant/child
  4. Friendly guidance on taking care of your baby
  5. Checks to buy foods
  6. Lead screening for your child
  7. Referrals to doctors, dentists, and programs like Food Share, BadgerCare+, Prenatal Care Coordination, Head Start, and free immunization clinics
You or Your Child May Qualify for WIC If:
  1. You are pregnant, just had a baby, or have an infant or child under five
  2. You meet income requirements (many working families qualify)
  3. You are a Wisconsin resident

Income Guidelines: WIC income eligibility is based on 185% of the US Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines
  • WIC uses the same income guidelines as the reduced-price school lunch program
  • Many working families qualify
  • Individuals participating in other programs such as Medicaid, BadgerCare+, Wisconsin Works (W2), and FoodShare may also be eligible for WIC
  • Pregnant woman count as two people in a household
  • Fathers, legal guardians, and foster parents may apply for WIC for their children
WIC Clinics

WIC clinics are held throughout Columbia County. Clinic times vary-call for information and an appointment at 608-742-9254.

Main Office Portage Department of Health & Human Services Building
Division of Health
2652 Murphy Road
PO Box 136
Portage, WI 53901
Satellite Clinics Columbus Columbus Fire Station
123 W. Harrison Street
Columbus, WI
  Lodi Lodi EMS
HWY 113
Lodi, WI
  Cambria Cambria Community Center
115 W. Edgewater St
Cambria, WI
  Wisconsin Dells Kilbourn Public Library
620 Elm Street
Wisconsin Dells, WI


Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Educators

Breastfeeding Educators are available to help you with your breastfeeding needs and questions.  Our goal is to provide one-to-one instruction, support, and care before, during, and after childbirth to ensure a successful and rewarding breastfeeding experience for both mother and child.  Feel free to call Columbia County WIC at 608-742-9254 or Columbia County Division of Health at 608-742-9227 and ask for breastfeeding assistance. Or visit our Division of Health Web site page.


Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

Breastfeeding peer counselors are WIC mothers in the community with personal breastfeeding experience who provide information and support to other mothers interested in breastfeeding.  They provide support and encouragement, help answer questions, and address common concerns breastfeeding mothers have.  They may also refer to WIC breastfeeding educators for help for mothers with more difficult or complex breastfeeding problems.

Breast Pumps

Breast pumps are available to breastfeeding WIC participants. A variety of pumping styles are available to meet your individual needs. A breastfeeding assessment will be done, and a pump will be supplied to WIC participants, free of charge. If you need a breast pump or are interested in WIC, please call us for more information today!

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write, USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

De acuerdo con la ley federal y las politicas del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE.UU. (USDA, sigla en ingles), se le prohibe a esta institucion que discrimine por razon de raza, color, origen, sexo, edad or discapacidad.  Para presentar una queja sobre discriminacion, escriba a USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410, o llame gratis al (866) 632-9992 (voz).  Personas con discapacidad auditiva o del habla pueden contractar con USDA por medio del Servicio Federal de Relevo (Federal Relay Service) al (800) 845-6136 (espanol) o (800) 877-8339 (ingles).  USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece oportunidad igual para todos.