WIC is a health and nutrition program for women, infants and children. WIC helps families by providing checks for buying healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized stores. It also is a source for nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education, and for help finding healthcare and other community services.
What does WIC provide?
Nutritious Foods – WIC foods are good sources of important nutrients. No single food gives you all the nutrients you need to stay healthy, so eat many different foods every day.
Nutrition Education – At each clinic visit, you will have an opportunity to learn about nutrition.
Breastfeeding Promotion and Support – WIC encourages all women to breastfeed. It is the best food for babies. If a baby is not breastfed, some formula may be provided by WIC. Help with breastfeeding is available for moms who need it. WIC can also furnish a breast pump if needed.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for WIC:
- Live in Washington.
- Be a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant, or a child under 5 years old.
- Meet income requirements.
WIC foods included:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- 100% whole wheat bread, corn tortillas and brown rice
- Milk, eggs and cheese
- Peanut butter
- Dried beans
- Adult cereals with at least 50% whole grains, and fortified with iron and folic acid
- 100% fruit juice, tomato juice and vegetable juices
- Iron-fortified infant formulas
- Infant cereals
- Baby food: fruits, vegetables and meats
Special infant formulas and certain foods may be provided when prescribed by a physician or health professional for treating a medical condition.