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

Program Description

The WIC Program 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 Maryland; 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

The WIC Prescreening Tool can be used to determine if you may be eligible for WIC benefits. This Prescreening Tool is not an application for WIC. To apply for WIC benefits, you must make an appointment at your WIC local agency. This Prescreening Tool might ask you to enter the amounts of your household's earned (wages, tips, etc.) and unearned income (child support, unemployment benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), etc.). Before you begin, you may want to gather this information.
http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf

See the Maryland WIC website for detailed application information:
http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov/wic/SitePages/wic-apply.aspx

Program Contact Information

For more information on Maryland WIC, please visit the Maryland WIC Program office at: http://www.mdwic.org
If you have questions about the WIC program call the Maryland WIC Program at:
1-800-242-4WIC (1-800-242-4942)

You can also write to:
Maryland WIC Program
201 West Preston Street, 1st floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
For Federal program information, visit USDA's Women, Infants, and Children program page.

You may also visit the U.S Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Toll-Free Numbers for WIC State Agencies page for a list of toll free numbers.