The Nutrition Program for Women Infants & Children (WIC)
Does your food budget need a boost? Good News! WIC has openings for:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women
- New Mothers
- Children up to age 5
The Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides monthly checks for up to $100 worth of healthy foods when two in your family are enrolled. Each person gets checks for up to $50 worth of healthy foods.
- You’ll be able to use your checks at the grocery store the same day as your first visit!
- Working families, those on unemployment, and military families can get WIC. See the income guidelines below to learn if your family is eligible.
- If you get DSHS Medical, TANF, or Basic Food (food stamps) you are automatically income eligible for WIC.
Getting WIC will not affect your immigration status.
How to Apply
It’s easy to apply. WIC even takes care of the paperwork.
As soon as you know you’re pregnant, go get WIC!
To get the phone number and address for the WIC clinic closest to where you live or work:
- Call the Family Health Hotline. We are open Monday-Friday. 1-800-322-2588.
- Or use our Search Tool to find a WIC clinic near you.
- Just call the WIC clinic for an appointment. Your appointment should take only 30-45 minutes.
- Bring identification; proof of residency and proof of income.
- You will get your WIC checks from the clinic at the end of your first appointment.
WIC is More than Food
The friendly, caring people at WIC offer you other services too:
- If you are a breastfeeding mother, WIC will help with healthy foods and other support for you and your baby.
- WIC will give you nutrition tips to help you and your family eat well and stay healthy.
- WIC can tell you about many other services available in your community.
The WIC Food List
You can use your checks from WIC to buy these healthy foods at your local grocery store:
|Fresh fruits||Infant formula for babies who are not breastfed|
|Fresh vegetables||Baby foods|
|Cheese||Dried beans, peas and lentils|
|Real fruit juices||Breakfast cereals|
|Whole wheat bread||Peanut butter|
Income Guidelines for the WIC Program Eligibility
Count each unborn child in household size
|Number in Household||Monthly Income|
WIC Does Not Discriminate
The Washington State WIC Nutrition Program does not discriminate. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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