Generally, WIC is available to:
- low income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women
- low income parent or guardian who is the sole provider of children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level
You can take the WIC Eligibility Assessment to see if you qualify* or contact your local WIC office to make an appointment and find out which documents you will need to bring with you. (To find your local WIC agency use the clinic listing).
At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify.
*This online tool is only a preliminary assessment – only Local WIC Agency staff can determine if you qualify for WIC services.
What WIC Provides
- Special checks to buy healthy foods from WIC-authorized vendors – milk, eggs, bread, cereal, juice, peanut butter, and much more (see Authorized Foods)
- Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy
- Support and information about breastfeeding your baby
- Help in finding health care and other community services
DID YOU KNOW???
Women who participate in WIC:
- Have longer pregnancies leading to fewer premature births
- Have a reduced rate of very low birth-weight babies
- Have fewer fetal and infant deaths
- Seek prenatal care earlier in pregnancy
- Consume more key nutrients such as iron, protein, calcium, and vitamin C
- Have greater breastfeeding initiation rates (Increased to 52% in 2007, from 34% in 1990)