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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is WIC?
  2. What is WIC's goal?
  3. How does WIC work?
  4. Who is eligible?
  5. Are there other conditions?
  6. What are the income guidelines?

  1. What is WIC?
    WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. Wic is a special supplemental food and nutrition program for women, infants and children under age five.

    WIC services are available to all eligible participants without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

    All persons who receive Medicaid, Food Stamps and AFDC are income-eligible for WIC.
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  2. What is WIC's goal?
    WIC's goal is to promote good health through nutrition and education.

    The WIC program provides at no cost to those who qualify:
    • Foods high in nutritional value.
    • Nutrition classes and individual counseling.
    • Referrals to health care providers and other helpful services if needed.
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  3. How does WIC work?
    WIC participants receive vouchers which can be redeemed for specified nutritious foods at designated grocery stores.

    WIC participants also receive nutrition education, nutrition counseling and referrals to other health and social services.
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  4. Who is eligible?
    Those eligible for WIC services include:
    • Pregnant women
    • Breastfeeding mothers (up to one year after delivery)
    • Postpartum nonbreastfeeding mothers (up to six months after delivery
    • Infants
    • Children under five years of age
    • All persons who receive medicaid, food stamps and AFDC are income-eligible for WIC
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  5. Are there other conditions?
    To participate in the WIC program a person must meet the following conditions:
    • Live within a WIC service area
    • Meet income guidelines
    • Have a nutritional need
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  6. What are the income guidelines?
    Household Size:
     
    Monthly Income:
    (Up to $)
    Annual Income:
    (Up to $)
    1 $1,271 $15,244
    2 $1,706 $20,461
    3 $2,140 $25,678
    4 $2,575 $30,895
    5 $3,010 $36,112
    6 $3,445 $41,329
    7 $3,879 $46,546
    8 $4,314 $51,763
    9 $4,749 $56,980
    10 $5,184 $62,197
    11 $5,619 $67,414
    12 $6,054 $72,631
    Each additional
    person
    $435 $5,217
    INCOME means total income before deductions.

    HOUSEHOLD means a group of related or nonrelated persons who are not residents of an institution, but who are living as ONE ECONOMIC UNIT.

    For a SELF-EMPLOYED PERSON such as a farmer or a small business owner, the income is deemed to be gross income less business expenses. This figure, as stated in the most recent tax filing, may be used.

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    WIC is a Special Supplemental Food Program for women, infants and children available to all eligible participants without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.