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

December 19, 2018


The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, referrals, and access to health and social services, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Program Requirements:

Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as infants, and children up to 5 years of age are eligible if they are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutritional risk and meet state residency and income requirements.

An applicant’s gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Guidelines to be eligible. Visit the WIC Income Eligibility Requirements page to view additional information, including income requirements for Alaska and Hawaii. 

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 WIC income eligibility requirement.


Application Details

To find out if you may be eligible for WIC benefits, complete the WIC Prescreening Tool. Upon completion of the WIC Prescreening Tool, users who are likely to be eligible to receive WIC benefits are provided with State-specific contact information and are encouraged to make a certification appointment with their local WIC clinic. The tool is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese.

For more information about how to apply for WIC benefits, contact your State agency. A list of State agencies can be found on the WIC Contacts page. A list of toll-free numbers can be found on the WIC State Agency Directory page.

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