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WIC: Women, Infants, & Children


What is WIC?:

WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Who is Eligible for WIC?:

There are four requirements for WIC eligibility.
  • Categorical: Pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women are eligible for WIC, as are infants and children, up to the day of their fifth birthday.

  • Residential: Applicants must apply for WIC in the state where they live.

  • Income: Applicants' gross income must not exceed WIC's income eligibility guidelines. Some applicants may be declared income-eligible simply based on their participation in other programs, such as TANF or Medicaid.

  • Nutritional: Applicants must also be at risk for poor nutrition. For example, those who are anemic, underweight, or have a poor diet.

Duration of WIC Assistance:

Recipients typically receive WIC benefits for 6-12 months at a time and may be eligible to reapply at the end of that time.

WIC Limitations:

WIC agencies do occasionally receive more requests for assistance than they can logistically fulfill. When this happens, the agency will initiate a waiting list and prioritize the needs of each applicant so that those experiencing the greatest need can be served.

WIC Application Process:

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