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

Food/Nutrition > 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, as well as infants, and children up to age 5 who are 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 conditions such as anemia, underweight, overweight, history of pregnancy complications, or failure to meet the dietary guidelines).

 

General Program Requirements:

Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as infants, and children up to 5 years of age are eligible if they: 1) are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutritional risk; 2) meet a state residency requirement; and, 3) 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 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

 

Status

Active

 

Loan Terms:

Not Applicable

 

Application Process:

For more information about how to apply, contact the WIC Agency in your state. Contact information for each state agency, including toll-free numbers, can be found at:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/default.htm

 

Program Contact Information:

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

For more information visit:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/

 

Managing Agency:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
http://www.usda.gov/




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