WIC Food Supplement Program

The special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), is a nutrition program for low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding Women, Infants and Children (to age five) who are at nutritional risk. The purpose of the WIC program is to prevent health problems and to improve the health of participants during critical times of growth and development.
NCHS Women, Infant & Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) maintains a high participation rate. Breastfeeding promotion and support are identified as a health care priority because it can reduce health care costs by enhancing the health and well-being of the mother and infant. NCHS-WIC is a model in breastfeeding education and support. This State of California's WIC Program average breastfeeding rate is only 20.6% (June 2012) statewide, while NCHS-WIC's is one of the highest rates in the state at 39.8% (June 2012).
Our program proudly serves 11,543 participants per month (June 2012) or over 97,000 nutrition education contacts per year. NCHS WIC operates eight offices in North San Diego County. The location of these offices and their proximity to the health centers of NCHS facilitate mutual referrals, access to care and customer convenience.
NCHS WIC Encinitas
1130 2nd Street, Suite C
Open 4 days/wk, some evenings
NCHS WIC Escondido
649 W. Mission Avenue, Suite 7
Open Monday-Friday, Some Sat. and evening hours
NCHS WIC Oceanside
2210 Mesa Drive, Suite 9
Open Monda-Friday, some Sat. hours
NCHS WIC Pauma Valley, Rincon Indian Reservation
Highway S6 Golsh Rd
Open 2x/month
1721 Main Street, Suite 110/112
Open 4 days/wk, some Sat hours
NCHS WIC San Marcos
150 Valpreda Road, Suite 102
Open Monday- Friday, some Saturdays and evening hours
NCHS WIC Valley Center
28246 Lilac Road
Open 2x/month
NCHS WIC Borrego Springs
1315 Palm Canyon Drive
Open 1x/month
The WIC staff routinely refers participants to NCHS health centers for immunizations, prenatal care, family planning services and health insurance assistance. Some hospital-grade electric breast pumps are available on a priority basis to our breastfeeding mothers.

Target Audience

Moderate-income pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, infants and children to age five.


U.S. Department of Agriculture


NCHS WIC Program appointments and information
Tel: (760) 471-2743 or (888) 477-6333
NCHS WIC Administration-Mary Sammer, MS, RD, VP of Nutrition Services
Tel: (760) 752-4324

Service Area

  • Borrego Springs
  • Carlsbad
  • Oceanside
  • Encinitas
  • Escondido
  • Ramona
  • Rincon Indian Reservation
  • San Marcos
  • Valley Center- All North County

CA State WIC Branch:   http://www.wicworks.ca.gov
San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition:  www.breastfeeding.org

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