WIC: Women, Infants and
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women,
Infants and Children, also known as WIC, is a federally funded
program which provides the following at no cost to the participant: healthy
foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling and support and referrals
for health care.
You must be a pregnant woman, a woman who has recently been pregnant, a
breastfeeding mother of an infant, an infant, or a child under five years old.
You must meet certain income requirements. The family's gross income must not
exceed 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. You could also be qualified
if you or a family member is currently receiving Medicaid, WAGES, or Food
You must have a nutrition-related need, which will be determined by WIC staff.
Standards for eligibility and participation in the WIC Program are the same
for everyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or
Food checks for participants that can be used at local grocery stores. The
checks identify the type, brand, and amount of food a participant is allowed
The WIC foods include: milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, fruit or vegetable juices,
dry beans or peas, or peanut butter.
The program strongly encourages breastfeeding as the best method of infant
feeding and nurturing. Those mothers and caregivers who choose to bottle-feed
their infants will receive the WIC contract formula. The WIC contract formulas
are Gerber Good Start Products.
Nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling and support, referrals for
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