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How to Qualify for WIC Program?

Question:  How to Qualify for WIC Program?

Answer:  In order to qualify for WIC Program, you must be

  • Pregnant OR
  • Postpartum OR
  • Breastfeeding women OR
  • Infants OR
  • Children up to age 5

and meet certain income eligibility and State residency. ¬†You must apply to the WIC office that is in your own State. ¬†Additionally, the applicant must be individually determined to be at “nutrition risk” by a health professional or a trained health official.

WIC Program Eligibility Requirements


Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Categorical
  • Residential
  • Income
  • Nutrition Risk

Categorical: Women must be pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding stage

Residential: Applicants must live in the State in which they apply

Income Requirement: ¬†Income can’t exceed 185 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines

Nutrition Risk Requirement: ¬†Applicants must be seen by a health professional such as a physician, nurse, or nutritionist who must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk.¬† In many cases, this is done in the WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant.¬† However, this information can be obtained from another health professional such as the applicant’s physician.