What is WIC?

WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, is a nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

WIC is for:

  • Pregnant women 
  • Breastfeeding women who have had a baby in the last 12 months 
  • Women who have had a baby in the last 6 months 
  • Infants 
  • Children up to 5 years of age

WIC Offers:

  • Individualized nutrition counseling and group nutrition classes 
  • Breastfeeding promotion and support 
  • Referrals for health care and other services 
  • Vouchers for healthy food, including: 
    • Milk 
    • Soy-based beverage 
    • Cereal 
    • Whole-grain Bread, Brown Rice, Whole-wheat and Soft-corn Tortillas 
    • Fruits and Vegetables 
    • Juice 
    • Cheese 
    • Tofu 
    • Dried or Canned Beans, Peas and Lentils 
    • Peanut Butter 
    • Eggs 
    • Chunk-light Tuna or Salmon (for breastfeeding women only) 
    • Infant Formula 
    • Infant Cereal 
    • Infant Fruits and Vegetables 
    • Infant Meats (for fully breastfed infants only)

WIC Program Staff determines which foods and amounts that a participant receives based on individual needs.

Some WIC items may require a prescription from your doctor (such as non-contract milk- or soy-based infant formulas, special formulas or products, whole milk, tofu, or soy-based beverage).  Talk with a WIC Nutritionist for more information.

Program Eligibility:

You Must:

  • Have a health/nutrition risk factor based on: 
    • Height and weight measurements 
    • Blood test for low iron 
    • Health history 
    • Diet history
  • Meet WIC Income Guidelines based on:
    • A family income less than 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines, or  
    • Receive Medicaid, Work First Families Assistance (TANF), or assistance from the Food Assistance Program (once referred to as Food Stamps).

Am I Eligible?

All kinds of families qualify for WIC. You may or may not be working. You may be a student. You may be single or married. You may live with your parents.

Use this WIC Prescreening Tool to help determine if you may be eligible for WIC benefits.

Applicants must be seen at the WIC Office to determine eligibility.
 

To Apply for the WIC Program:

Call the WIC office to make an appointment:

    919-250-4720 

What will I need?

You must be able to provide proof of identification, residence (where you live), and household income.

Examples of what you will need to bring include:

Identification (only one is needed): 

  • Valid driver's license/DMV ID card 
  • WIC wallet 
  • Social Security card 
  • Current work/school ID 
  • Current Medicaid card 
  • Current military ID 
  • Birth certificate 
  • Hospital crib card (for infants only) 
  • Passport 
  • Immunization record (for infants and children only) 
  • Insurance card/policy 
  • Bill or paycheck in your name (less than or equal to 60 days old) 
  • Voter registration card

Residence (only one is needed): 

  • Current Medicaid card 
  • Valid driver's license/DMV ID card 
  • Recent utility bill (less than or equal to 60 days old) 
  • Bank statement 
  • Correspondence from WIC, Division of Social Services, Grad School, or University (less than or equal to 60 days old) 
  • Current rental or mortgage receipt

Income (only one is needed): 

  • Recent paycheck stubs (less than or equal to 30 days old) 
  • Letter from employer stating gross income and frequency of pay 
  • W-2 Forms 
  • Recent tax return (for the self-employed) 
  • Copy of child support check 
  • Foster child placement/award letter 
  • Current Medicaid card 
  • Work First eligibility letter 
  • Food Assistance Program (Food Stamps) notice of eligibility or letter of certification 
  • Unemployment letter/notice
     

What Happens at a WIC Visit?

  • You will be asked questions about your health and your diet. 
  • Height, weight and a blood test for iron deficiency will be done unless you bring this information from another clinic or doctor's office (measures must be taken within 60 days of your WIC appointment). 
    • Use this form to take to your doctor to document your or your child's height and weight measures or blood tests during your doctor's visit.
    • WIC Referral Form
  • A nutritionist will review the above information to see if you are eligible for WIC. 
  • Any nutrition problems or questions you have will be discussed. 
  • Your income information will be reviewed. 
  • If eligible, you will be given "vouchers" to take to the store to get your food.

To Learn More:

 Go to: 
   www.nutritionnc.com/wic 

   www.fns.usda.gov/wic

Program Operation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.
 
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA
Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or any USDA office, or call (866) 632‐
9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information
requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250‐9410, by fax (202) 690‐7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.
 
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities my contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877‐8339; or (800) 845‐6136 (Spanish).
 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

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