What to Know About WIC




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Women, Infant, and Children, or WIC, have been around since the 1960’s and most people have at least heard of it. But many don’t know much about it, and that can be detrimental in the event that you need it. As an expecting parent, here’s what you should know: 

WIC Serves

 

  • Pregnant Women (up to 6 weeks post delivery)
  • Breastfeeding Women (up to infant’s first birthday)
  • Non-breastfeeding Postpartum Women (up to 6 months after birth)
  • Infants (up to first birthday)
  • Children (up to fifth birthday)

 

Services

 

  • Nutritional education
  • Supplemental foods
  • Screenings and referrals
  • Health, welfare, and social service

 

You can find them in

 

  • County health departments
  • Hospital
  • Mobile clinics 
  • Community centers
  • Schools
  • Public housing sites
  • Migrant health services
  • Indian health services facilities

 

Eligibility

 

  • Categorical 
    • Woman
    • Infant
    • Child
  • Residential
    • Must live in state in which you are applying
    • May be required to live in a specific service area
  • Income
    • At or below states income standard or;
    • Be automatically income eligible due to participation in certain programs
    • Programs include SNAP, medicaid, and TANF
  • Nutrition Risk
    • Must be seen by a healthcare professional to determine if you are a health risk
    • Health risk: has medical based or nutritional dietary based conditions
    • Examples: anemic, underweight, or a history of poor diet

 

Here is a prescreening tool to see if you may qualify for WIC. You can find the contact information for your state's WIC program here.

 

By: Alecia Stanton







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