What is WIC?
WIC is a special nutritional program for women, infants and children. The purpose of the program is to provide federal funds to states to financially assist low-income women that are pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, infants and women with children younger than 5 years of age that are at a nutritional risk. WIC services include referrals to health care options, supplemental food and nutritional information and education.
How Does WIC Work?
WIC works by providing accepted applicants with checks (or debit card) that can be exchanged for food. WIC assists pregnant women, infants and children, so the program provides items like wheat, milk, juice, fortified formula, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and canned or dried foods. Breastfeeding mothers will receive more raw foods like fish, meat, vegetables and so forth.
Who Is Eligible For WIC?
Like many other government benefit programs, eligibility is based on the applicants gross income. Applicants with a gross income that is 185% below the federal poverty level will qualify for WIC. WIC is funded federally but each state administers their own program. Below is a general guideline to help you determine your income level.
What Are The WIC Income Guidelines For 2020?
What do you need before applying For WIC?
Documents will be needed to prove income, such as tax forms, pay stubs and checking accounts statements. You will also need to verify that you live in the state that you’re applying for and provide proof of identity. For a list WIC offices in each state click here. You can also use the WIC pre-screening tools by clicking here.