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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.