More Families Now Qualify for WIC

Starting April 1, 2023, the income guidelines for California WIC are changing. As a result, more families will qualify for WIC and can receive healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and more.

To qualify for WIC, families must earn no more than the income limits listed below and be in a category we serve. Families and individuals may be eligible if you:

  • Have a child under the age of five
  • Are pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding a baby under the age of one
  • Had a baby within the last six months
  • Experienced a pregnancy loss/termination within the last six months

Not enrolled in WIC? Apply now! Families who previously did not qualify for WIC are encouraged to reapply again if they are within the new income limits.

Need to renew your WIC account? Text APPT with your preferred date and time to 91997 to schedule an appointment.

The new income limits are effective starting April 1, 2023. Families must make no more than the amount listed below per household size. WIC uses gross income (before taxes) to determine a household's income. Families who already receive Medi-Cal, CalFresh, or CalWORKS may already meet the income guidelines for WIC. Participating in other benefit programs does not affect the amount of WIC benefits you receive, and you may participate in multiple benefit programs at once.

Household Size**
More than 8Add per additional member
*Income based on 185% Federal Poverty Level, effective April 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024
**The number of expected infants for a pregnant person should be included in household size.

Proof of income must include your full name or the full name of the person supporting the family. Below are examples that may be used for proof of income, but are not limited to these examples. 


  • Active Medi-Cal, CalFresh, or CalWORKs
  • Pay stub or statement from the last 30 days
  • Disability pay
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Social Security benefits
  • Income tax form/W2 
  • Alimony
  • Bank account statement (use of savings)
  • Child support
  • Foster care stipend letter
  • Student financial grants/scholarships

If you do not have proof of income, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.

Your household includes related or nonrelated individuals that you live with and share an income, consumption of goods, and or/services. Your household size would include, but not be limited to:

  • Your children
  • Any expected children (if pregnant)
  • A spouse or partner
  • Relatives you claim on your taxes

For foster children, the household size is one.