WIC Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
The WIC Program is designed to serve certain categories of women, infants, and children. Therefore, the following individuals are considered categorically eligible for WIC:
Applicants must live in the State in which they apply. Applicants served in areas where WIC is administered by an Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) must meet residency requirements established by the ITO. At State agency option, applicants may be required to live in a local service area and apply at a WIC clinic that serves that area. Applicants are not required to live in the State or local service area for a certain amount of time in order to meet the WIC residency requirement.
To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have income at or below an income level or standard set by the State agency or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs.
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
The WIC Prescreening Tool is a web-based application intended to
help potential WIC applicants determine if they are likely to be
eligible for WIC benefits. Users who are likely to be eligible
to receive WIC benefits are provided with State-specific contact
information and are encouraged to make a certification
appointment with their WIC local agencies. Additionally,
users are provided with a printable summary of their responses
and a list of examples of the documentation that is required at
an initial certification appointment.
Last modified 11/20/12
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