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Rhode Island 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).

The WIC program of Rhode Island is administered by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Division of Family Health.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Rhode Island, pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman, infant or child up to 5 years of age and are 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

To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/wic/about/applying/index.php

Program Contact Information

For more information on RI WIC, please visit the RI Department of Health at: http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/wic/
You can also call toll-free the Rhode Island Department of Health, Family Health Information Line if you have questions about the program: 1-800-942-7434
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.