The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal assistance program that provides nutrition education, healthy food, and support to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and young children up to the age of 5. WIC offers nutritious food, nutrition education, and access to healthcare referrals.

To be eligible for WIC, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a nutritional risk, which is determined by a WIC healthcare professional.
  2. Be in a low-income household, which is typically at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Eligibility is based on your household's income and size.

Here's how you can apply for WIC:

  1. Find your nearest WIC office or clinic.
  2. Contact the WIC office to schedule an appointment. They will provide you with a list of required documents, which often includes proof of identity, residence, income, and immunization records for the child.
  3. Attend your appointment, where a WIC healthcare professional will assess your nutritional risk and provide guidance on the program.

If you qualify, you'll receive WIC benefits, including vouchers or an EBT card that can be used to purchase specific WIC-approved foods.


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Last Reviewed: November 5, 2023