Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a WIC participant?
Contact your local Pennsylvania WIC Nutrition Center. Or, call the MFHS call center at 1-866-WIC-TIME (942-8463) to find the closest center to you in Pennsylvania and make an appointment. You can also fill out a pre-application online.
What is eWIC?
Starting October 1, WIC food benefits will be issued on eWIC cards rather than paper checks. With the eWIC card, shopping for WIC foods will be quick, easy and convenient. WIC participants will save time at the checkout and can buy WIC foods in as many shopping trips as they need throughout the month. Participants may also have access to a new WICShopper smart phone application allowing them to scan a food’s bar code to determine if it is a WIC allowed food.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
1) Bring documentation of your family’s income and Medicaid, TANF or Food Stamp cards if you are receiving these benefits. Bring income documents for everybody in your family who works or has a source of income. Examples of documentation are: paycheck stubs, recent tax returns, or a letter from your employer. All applicants are required to provide proof of income.
2) Bring identification for all adult applicants like a driver’s license or other ID. For children, an ID can be a birth certificate or other document with the child’s name, such a hospital crib card, medical card or immunization record.
3) Bring documentation of where you live such as a utility bill, rent receipt, or business letter.
4) Bring your infant and / or children under age 5 whom you would like to enroll in WIC. If you are pregnant, bring a due date note from your doctor.
Click here for a printable list of what to bring to your appointment.
Remember, bringing all the requested items can help shorten your appointment time.
What happens at my WIC appointment?
You or your child will undergo a simple health screening to determine nutritional risk. You will also receive nutrition education and will be provided with an eWIC card to take to the grocery store to buy nutritious foods.
How often do I have to come to WIC?
Most people come to the WIC center once every 2-3 months. This depends on both your needs and your WIC center schedule. When you first enroll in the WIC Program, you will discuss your schedule with the WIC Nutritionist.
How do I get the food? What foods will I receive? When do I get them?
During your WIC appointment, you will receive an eWIC card that contains a specific food package benefit for members of your family who qualify for the WIC Program. The food benefits for all qualifying members of your household will be on one ewe card. You will also receive a print out at the WIC Center listing the benefit balance that is on the card. You can take the eWIC card to any WIC approved grocery store to purchase the specific foods in the quantities listed on the benefit balance print out. You can view the Food List in English and Spanish on the WIC Shopper App and online as well.
Click here for a video on utilizing the eWIC card.
Can fathers participate?
Fathers of children under age five are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Fathers can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition education sessions, and utilize the eWIC card to purchase food for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy. Fathers can serve as the endorser for their children on WIC, or as a proxy. A proxy is a person who acts on behalf of a WIC endorser and is authorized to utilize the eWIC card.
Do foster parents qualify?
You can apply on behalf of your foster child if he or she is under five years of age. Income is based on the amount of income you receive for the foster child. He or she counts as a family of one in those cases where the Welfare agency is legally responsible for the child and the foster home is an extension of the Welfare agency.
Do teens qualify if they live with their parents?
In most cases, if you are a teen, you must count all of the income of your household when determining if you are eligible for WIC.
Can grandparents qualify?
If you are a grandparent who has custody of a grandchild under age 5, you may apply on their behalf. If you do not have custody, you may accompany your grandchildren and their parent(s) to the WIC appointment and you may become a proxy. A proxy is a person who acts on behalf of the WIC parent/caretaker and is authorized to utilize the eWIC card.
Can I sell or trade my WIC foods?
No. Selling or trading of WIC foods is illegal. If you suspect someone of abusing the WIC program, please call 1-800-WIC-WINS.