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Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program

WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC is the "Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children."

Who may be eligible for WIC services?

You are eligible if you:

  • Live in Washington state, and
  • Are pregnant, a new mother, or a child under five years of age, and
  • Meet the income guidelines below, and
  • Have a medical or nutrition need.
What does WIC provide?
  • Health screening
  • Nutrition and health education
  • Breastfeeding promotion and support
  • Help getting other services
  • Checks for nutritious foods
Where are WIC services provided?
How are WIC foods provided?
  • Many local grocery stores accept WIC checks.
  • WIC checks are valued at approximately $100 for a family of two per month and are exchanged for nutritious foods.
  • Foods that are high in protein, calcium, iron, or vitamins A & C such as:
    • Baby food
    • Milk
    • Peanut butter
    • 100% fruit juice with vitamin C
    • Cheeses
    • Dried peas and beans
    • Cereals fortified with iron
    • Eggs
    • Fresh fruit and vegetables
    • Infant cereal
    • Iron fortified baby formula (for babies who are not breastfed)
    • Tuna and carrots for women fully breastfeeding with babies
    • Whole grains
Income guidelines

View the current statewide WIC income eligibility guideline chart, Washington State Dept. of Health

Eligibility for the program is based on gross monthly income and nutritional need. A household is defined as a group of related or non-related individuals, who usually, although not necessarily, are living together and share income. Gross income is income before taxes and deductions. Your family may still be eligible even if you are working, a single parent or receiving Food Stamps.

If you receive Basic Food Program benefits, Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) you are income eligible for WIC.

  • Foster children under age five and foster teens who are pregnant are income eligible for WIC.
  • A woman who is pregnant is counted as a family of two. If she is having twins, she is counted as a family of three.
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