WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
WIC is a program that supports healthy nutrition for all pregnant and breastfeeding women and children through the age of five.
WIC services include:
- Health screening
- Nutrition and health education
- Breastfeeding support (link to how does WIC support breastfeeding?)
- Help getting other services
Supplemental nutritious foods (link to What can I buy with WIC checks?)
Am I eligible to receive WIC?
You are eligible for the WIC nutritional program if you:
- Live in Washington State, and
- Are pregnant, a new mother, or a child under five years of age, and
- Have a medical or nutritional need, and
- Meet the income eligibility guidelines below
|Household Size*||Gross Monthly Income**||Gross Annual Income|
For each additional family member, add $700 to the monthly income and $8,399 to the annual income.
*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.
Are Fathers eligible for WIC?
Fathers of children under the age of 5 who meet the income eligibility guidelines are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers can bring their children to appointments and receive and redeem benefits for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.
What can I buy with WIC checks?
WIC checks are valued at approximately $100 for a family of two per month and are exchanged for nutritious foods that are high in protein, calcium, iron, or vitamins A & C such as:
- Baby food
- Peanut Butter
- 100% fruit juice with vitamin C
- Dried peas and beans
- Cereals fortified with iron
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Infant cereal
- Iron fortified baby formula (for babies who are not breastfed)
- Tuna, canned salmon and sardines and carrots for women fully breastfeeding
- Whole grains
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
- Goats milk
- Canned beans
Most local grocery stores accept WIC checks.
What are WIC Farmers Market Checks and how can I get them?
During summer months, eligible WIC clients can receive checks for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Checks allow the purchase of up to $28.00 (maximum of $84.00 per family if there are at least 3 people on WIC) of farmer market fruits and vegetables at authorized Farmers Markets.
Current WIC clients can pick up their farmer’s market checks at the farmers market. WIC staff will be the farmers market to distribute checks.
How does WIC support breastfeeding?
Clients receive education, information, encouragement and support for successful breastfeeding. Participants and guests can learn why breastfeeding is the best start for their baby, how to breastfeed, managing breastfeeding while going back to work or school, how to pump and store breastmilk and much more.
WIC has electric breast pumps for loan and free manual breast pumps available for clients.
Washington WIC Does Not Discriminate
In accordance with Federal law and Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.