WIC is a wonderful program that is designed to help mothers and their children get the proper nutrition they need to be healthy. The WIC program is provided by the state or federal government and is based on annual income. For a family of one, the guideline is about $22,000 annually to qualify for the program. For a family of two, it is about $30,000, and as the family size grows, the annual income to qualify will increase by about 6-8 thousand dollars. Click here for income guidelines.
Here, we dig further into common questions asked by pregnant women and current mothers.
Who Is Eligible?
If a woman is pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding and a health professional finds them in the “nutritional risk” category, they may be eligible for the WIC program. Additionally, children up to the age of five are eligible if they are also identified to be at risk of not being able to have a nutritionally balanced diet due to income restrictions.
Where Is WIC Available?
WIC is available in all fifty states, US territories and oversees for military families. You will find WIC at a variety of different agencies such as community clinics and health departments across the nation. NCHS welcomes you to visit one of our locations to learn more about the program and find out if you are eligible. You can learn more about the WIC program online or by coming to the office and speaking with a health professional about the guidelines for income and nutrition. (add our phone number here 888-477-6333).
What Food Benefits Do WIC Participants Receive?
Checks or vouchers are provided to purchase food at many local grocery stores. The following foods are included with WIC:
- Iron-fortified Infant cereal and whole grain breakfast cereals
- Fruit and vegetable juice that is rich in vitamin C
- Peanut Butter
- Dried Beans, Peas or Lentils
- Canned goods such as beans, peas, and fish
- Baby Food
- Whole grains including whole wheat bread, tortillas and pasta
- Fruits and Veggies
You will also find tofu, soy-based liquids, and a few other items on the list of foods that are approved on the WIC program. Speak with a professional to get a detailed list of products.
What Is “Nutrition Risk”?
Nutritional risk will be determined by a health professional such as a nutrition expert, nurse, or physician through a health screening that is free, and it is based on Federal guidelines. There are medically-based risks and diet-based risks that make up the two major categories of nutrition risk.
What Support Is Offered for Breastfeeding?
WIC mothers will be provided help when it comes to breastfeeding their infants through one on one counseling with breastfeeding experts, educational materials, as well as by receiving supplies such as breast pumps. Participants get food packages that meet the needs of a breastfeeding mother, and extends the time she qualifies to receive WIC.
For more information on all aspects of WIC visit https://m.wic.ca.gov/