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 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: