What is WIC?
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It is a federal program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
What does WIC provide?
How do I apply for WIC?
You can start the enrollment process by answering a few questions on our Apply for WIC page. A WIC representative will contact you for more information. Or, you can walk into any of our PHFE WIC Centers. You can come by yourself if you are pregnant, and/or bring your children under age five along with you. Also bring the following items:
- Identification (example: driver’s license, state ID, immunization card, birth certificate, Medi-Cal/Medicaid card, etc.)
- Proof of address (example: any piece of mail with your name and current address, rent receipt, bill, Medi-Cal/Medicaid card, CalFresh/SNAP letter)
- Proof of income (example: pay stub, disability/unemployment letter, active Medi-Cal/Medicaid card, CalFresh/SNAP letter)
- WIC referral form completed by health care provider or doctor, if available
What types of foods may be purchased with WIC vouchers?
Foods which are high in Vitamin A & C, protein, iron and calcium are provided as part of the WIC Program. These are the nutrients that are vital to the good health of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and to the good health and development of infants, and children. Key foods that the WIC Program provides include fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, beans, peanut butter, iron fortified infant and adult cereals, vitamin C juices, infant formula, and whole grain foods like bread, brown rice, pasta, and tortillas. Lactose-free milk, soy milk, and tofu are also available. Breastfeeding women receive extra vouchers for canned fish. Learn more about shopping for WIC foods.
Who is eligible for WIC?
WIC is for all types of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent, or other guardian of a child under five, you can apply for WIC. You can also apply if you are pregnant or had a pregnancy loss within the last 6 months.
In order to be eligible for WIC, you must:
- Be in one of the following groups:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women up to one year after the birth of the baby (postpartum)
- Non-breastfeeding women up to six months after the birth of the baby
- Women who have lost a pregnancy within the past six months
- Infants and children under five years old
- Foster children under five years old
- Single fathers, grandparents, and other legal guardians of children age 5 years or younger may receive vouchers for eligible infants/children
- Families living in the U.S.
- Meet the income guidelines (please see income table below)
Who is income eligible?
To be eligible for WIC, your total household income must be no greater than 185% of the federal poverty level. The table below shows you what that means by household size. WIC helps all eligible families on public assistance, and also assists many families with working parents. Many low to moderate income families are eligible for WIC and do not realize it.
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* Income based on 185% Federal Poverty Level. Effective April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
** Unborn children should be counted toward household size.
What if I miss a WIC appointment?
If you miss your appointment or need to reschedule your future appointment, text us at 91997, or call us at 1-888-942-2229 to reschedule. You may also walk into your WIC office during business hours without an appointment.
What if I can't obtain the WIC-requested medical documentation?
Come to your WIC appointment anyway. Our staff can quickly check for anemia (low iron in the blood) using a non-invasive instrument called Pronto. Pronto is a non-needle scanner used on one of your fingers and takes only about two minutes.
What if I don’t have time to come to WIC?
WIC is open late on Wednesdays until 7:15 pm, and select WIC offices are open two Saturdays each month. You can also have a close friend or family member, called your “alternate” go to WIC for you. Tell us who you would like to be your alternate. You may also be able to have your WIC vouchers/checks mailed to you when you complete online education classes at www.WICOnlineEducation.org.
What if I don’t have enough time to wait at WIC?
Take WIC online education at www.WICOnlineEducation.org to reduce your time at WIC. You may also qualify for your WIC vouchers/checks to be mailed by clicking “Yes, Please mail” when logging in to the website. If you select this option, your vouchers will be mailed after you have completed one of the online education topics.
What if I lost or misplaced my WIC ID folder?
Just bring any type of ID and we will gladly issue you a new WIC ID folder.
What if I can't come in or don’t have a car?
You can have a trusted family member or friend come for you. Tell us their name or write a note.
What if I’m sick or not feeling well?
Call or text us! We will find a way to help you.
What if I think I’m over the income limit?
Talk with a WIC counselor to see if you still qualify. If you have Medi-Cal/Medicaid, CalFresh/SNAP or CalWorks, you already qualify for WIC.
Have other questions?
Contact us! We want to talk with you and we are here to help. Call 888-942-2229 or Text 91997.