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

Food/Nutrition > District of Columbia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

 

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 District of Columbia, pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman, infant or child up to 5 years of age and: (1) are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk; and, (2) meet an income standard, or are determined automatically income eligible. A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

 

Status

Active

 

Loan Terms:

Not Applicable

 

Application Process:

To apply for the WIC Program in the District of Columbia:

  1. Call 1-800-345-1WIC (1942).
  2. WIC staff will ask you a few questions to determine if you are eligible.
  3. If found potentially eligible, a WIC staff person will schedule an appointment at the WIC clinic of your choice.
  4. On the day of the appointment, plan to spend one hour and bring:
    • Proof of DC residence (a bill or letter addressed to you in the past 30 days)
    • Proof of total family income (last two check stubs or Medicaid, DC Healthy Families, School Lunch Program, TANF, or Food Stamp notice)
    • Proof of pregnancy or proof of birth (birth certificate or discharge papers)
    • Child's shot record
    • Child (all children who are eligible).

 

Program Contact Information:

For more information on DC WIC, please visit the DC Department of Health at:
http://doh.dc.gov/doh/cwp/view,a,1371,q,581969,dohNav_GID,1801,dohNav,...

Please see the following website for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines.htm

If you have questions about the program call the DC Department of Health at:
202-645-5663

Or toll-free at:
800-345-1942

 

Managing Agency:

District of Columbia
http://www.dc.gov




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