Apply For WIC Benefits

If you are looking to apply for WIC benefits and need to know the application process and what the eligibility requirements are, then select your state below. In most cases to start the WIC application process, you will need to contact your local WIC clinic or agency and schedule an appointment. We recommend when scheduling, ask the staff to verify what documents are needed to apply for WIC at your appointment. For more details on what you need to bring, you can also select your state below.

The first time you go, which is called a certification appointment, the WIC staff will review your documents and determine if you are eligible to participate in the WIC program. Each person applying for WIC will need to meet categorical, residential, income and nutrition risk requirements. The target population for WIC are low-income women (pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum), infants (up to their 1st birthday) and children (up to their 5th birthday) who are at a nutritional risk. If you are eligible, the benefits provided through the WIC program are supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education and counseling, screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services.

Others can qualify for WIC benefits as well including fathers, grandparents, guardians and foster parents. Once they determine you are eligible for WIC benefits in your state, you will receive your WIC vouchers/checks, or in some states your WIC EBT card, so you can visit your local grocery store and start purchasing WIC approved foods. If you still have questions or issues about how to apply for WIC, you can contact your local health department that handles the WIC program in your state.

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