Contacting the local WIC office is the first step for applying for benefits. Residents can find contact information on the federal USDA website and on states’ websites typically. Some WIC program offices are local county health departments.
Applicants will need to make an appointment to apply for WIC benefits, as they may need to have a health screen to determine if they are at nutritional risk. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, some WIC offices are closed or not open to the public. Residents will need to call support lines to find out local procedures.
Each person applying for enrollment will need to go to the appointment, including infants and children. Some documents applicants may need to furnish include the following:
Proof of identity – photo identification, Social Security card, birth certificate, tribal identification card, military identification, voter registration, children’s immunization records, and adoption papers
Proof of income – recent pay stubs, recent income tax return, unemployment checks, Social Security income, child support checks, alimony statements, signed statement from employer, and business account statements
Proof of residency – current utility bill, rent agreement, mortgage receipt, and voter registration with current address
Proof of current benefit enrollment – program identification card and program eligibility notice
Proof of pregnancy – Sonogram, positive pregnancy test statement from a health care facility, estimated date of conception statement, and expected date of delivery statement
Applicants will not need all of the above documents. They will only need the ones acceptable for their situation. For instance, non-pregnant parents do not need to have proof of pregnancy. A representative can tell individuals what they will need to bring when they make the appointment.
In some areas, interested residents will need to wait to apply or receive benefits. WIC agencies may have waiting lists or prioritize more at-risk applicants.
Qualifying applicants will receive information about the program’s services and benefits. This can include individualized nutritional assessments for each family member.
WIC participants will need to apply to their new area if they move. Enrollees moving to a different state will definitely need to contact the local WIC clinic, and individuals relocating to new counties may also need to reapply.
Participation in the WIC program is temporary, and enrollees may graduate to different certification periods. For example, a pregnant beneficiary may move into the postpartum category six weeks after giving birth, and infants may graduate to the children’s category after their first birthday.
Qualifying applicants will receive financial assistance in the form of an electronic benefit transfer EBT card. Benefits amounts on a WIC card can change if the enrollee graduates to a different category. Participants can only use the card at certain locations and for specific products. Check out how to use a WIC card and how to find a participating store.