WIC, as it is commonly called, is the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program. WIC provides nutrition support for moms, pregnant women, infants and children up to age 5 and is a great way to supplement your food budget!
WIC benefits include:
- Breastfeeding classes
- Breast pumps and support for breastfeeding when returning to work or school
- EBT card to buy food at authorized stores
- Nutrition education online and in person
- Supplemental food
- Project Fresh provides coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables at area farmer's markets
- Referrals to health and social service agencies
WIC benefits vary but most benefit packages include fresh fruits, vegetables, cereal, milk, cheese and whole grains. Mothers who are breastfeeding receive benefits for up to a year. Mothers who are not breastfeeding can receive up to 9 cans of formula per month. After an initial appointment, moms receive their benefits for 3 months. Benefits are reloaded every 3 months after moms come in for a nutrition education appointment or complete their nutrition education online. Mom and baby need to come in for an appointment every 6 months to continue their benefits. Children can be eligible up to age 5. Talk to your WIC office today!
Do I qualify?
WIC benefits are determined by household size and income. If you have active Medicaid or MOMS, you qualify for WIC benefits. A family of 4 (include a pregnancy as a household member when counting household size) could earn up to $44,800 and receive benefits. A single pregnant woman could earn up to $29,400 and receive benefits. The complete income guidelines are here.
Fathers, grandparents and foster parents who are the main caretakers of newborns and young children are also eligible for WIC benefits.
How do I access WIC benefits? 734-544-6800
Call your WIC office and make an appointment. Bring identification and proof of income with you to your appointment. Proof of income can be pay stubs, W-2 forms, a recent tax return or child support payments. If you have Medicaid, bring your Medicaid card with you. Your first appointment will take about an hour.
WIC Washtenaw County office locations and hours 734-544-6800
WIC Livingston County location and hours 517-546-5459
Find your Michigan WIC office here
WIC Online health classes https://www.wichealth.org/
Project Fresh Directory of Farmer's Markets http://washtenawmarkets.org/market-directory/
Income guidelines for WIC eligibility