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Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Q. Are WIC services free?

WIC services are free to women, infants and children who have nutritional risk and meet income guidelines.

Q. What does WIC consider as income?

Applicants are required to bring in proof of all sources of income for the entire household for verifying income eligibility. Examples would be current employment pay stubs, Social Security benefits, SSI benefits, Public Assistance (Medical Assistance, Cash Assistance and/or Food Stamps), Alimony or Child Support payments, Unemployment Compensation, Worker's Compensation, and other cash income. A teen living with parents must bring in total household income. WIC does include the income of both parents, including stepparents as well as any income from a significant other, whether they are all living together as a family unit or separately from parents. WIC encourages applicants to call the office with any questions regarding income eligibility.

Q. What about fathers and grandparents?

Fathers can enroll their child(ren) and bring them to appointments, attend nutrition education classes and redeem food vouchers, which is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.

Grandparents who have custody of grandchildren under five may apply on their behalf.  WIC also encourages families to sign up fathers, grandparents, friends or family as proxies.

Q. What is a proxy?

A proxy is a designated person who acts on behalf of the WIC parent/caretaker to come to WIC to pick up food vouchers and/or to go to the grocery store to redeem them.

Q. Why is WIC considered one of the most successful federally funded nutrition programs?

Studies conducted by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services and other non-governmental entities have found that:

  • Participation in WIC reduces fetal death, infant mortality and low birth weight rates.
  • WIC mothers are more likely to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy and to carry their infant full-term.
  • WIC services positively influence the nutrient intakes of women and children, significantly reducing anemia and improving children's diets.
  • Participation in WIC dramatically improves the Healthy Eating Index Scores for the household.
  • Improved rates of: childhood immunizations, use of health care services and the health status of infants and children.

“I learned [from WIC] how to keep a healthy balance of food, especially fruits and vegetables. Even now we all eat whole grain bread with fiber!” - Gladys, Lancaster WIC