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Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Benefits

Program Description

The Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Illinois; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,775
2 $29,471
3 $37,167
4 $44,863
5 $52,559
6 $60,255
7 $67,951
8 $75,647
A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Use the DHS Office Locator to find your local Women, Infants and Children office. Make an appointment and find out what papers or documents you need to bring with you. At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify.

Program Contact Information

For more information on Illinois WIC, please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS): http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30513
If you have questions about the WIC program call the Illinois DHS toll-free at: 1-800-843-6154
TTY users can call: 1-800-447-6404