WIC – Women Infants and Children Nutrition Assistance
WIC – Women, Infants, and Children – provides services to new and expecting mothers and children up to age 5.
- WIC provides services to nutritionally at-risk persons who meet the income guidelines for their family size, including:
- Pregnant women (throughout pregnancy and up to six weeks after birth or pregnancy ends)
- Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s first birthday)
- Non-breastfeeding, postpartum women (up to six months after birth or after pregnancy ends)
- Infants (up to first birthday)
- Children up to their fifth birthday.
- Nutritional risk is determined by a health professional such as a nutritionist, and is based on federal guidelines. This health screening is free to all applicants.
- “At-risk” medical or nutritional needs that may qualify a person for WIC benefits include:
- Medical conditions that affect food intake or nutrition status
- Height or weight measurements significantly higher or lower than expected
- Low intake of essential nutrients
- Conditions that predispose a person to inadequate nutrition patterns such as lead poisoning, teen pregnancy, alcohol or drug abuse, anemia, maternal age, history of pregnancy complications or poor pregnancy outcomes.
- WIC can provide monthly drafts worth $32 to $125 for certain healthy groceries including milk, eggs, tuna, carrots, dried beans, peanut butter, natural cheese, iron fortified cereals, infant formula and Vitamin-C rich natural juices.
- While addressing childhood obesity is not an easy task, the reach and focus of the WIC Program offers a unique opportunity to reduce and prevent this problem, starting with promotion and support of breastfeeding.
Many families qualify for WIC including working families
- WIC has the same income guidelines as the free and reduced price school lunch program.
- Families that qualify for Medicaid, WVWORKS, or food stamps automatically meet the income requirements.
- Fathers, grandparents, foster parents or guardians also may apply for WIC benefits for a young child in their care.
- WIC is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention programs.
- When applying for WIC benefits, the applicant must bring:
- Income information
- Proof of West Virginia address (you do not need to be a U.S. citizen)
- Your children who need WIC services or benefits
- You children’s shot (immunization) records
- Medical information from your doctor (if you have it).
- Live in West Virginia
- Have one or more documented nutritional risks
- Have a household income that is less than or equal to 185 percent of the poverty level
Find out more about applying for WIC in WV.