Who can apply?
- Pregnant women.
- Women who are breastfeeding a baby under one year of age.
- Women who have had a baby in the past six months.
- Children under age 5: parents, step-parents, guardians and foster parents of children under age five can apply for their children. Many working families qualify for WIC.
Do I qualify?
To be eligible for WIC, you must:
- Meet the income guidelines. Households with incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty income level are eligible. WIC determines income based on gross income of all the members of a household, related or non-related. If you are pregnant, count your unborn baby in family size.
Income Eligibility Guidelines
2018-2019 WIC INCOME GUIDELINES – Effective July 1, 2018
Gross income before taxes
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- Have a nutritional or medical need. WIC participants receive an initial health and diet screening to determine nutritional risks such as iron deficiency anemia, underweight status, or poor eating habits.
- Live in Pennsylvania. WIC participants usually receive services in the county where they live. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility. Participants must apply in person.
- Certain applicants can be determined income-eligible for WIC based on their participation in certain programs. These included individuals:
- eligible to receive SNAP benefits, Medicaid, for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly known as AFDC, Aid to Families with Dependent Children),
- in which certain family members are eligible to receive Medicaid or TANF, or
- at State agency option, individuals that are eligible to participate in certain other State-administered programs.
Benefits of WIC
- Women in the WIC program deliver healthier babies, which also helps contain healthcare costs.
- WIC has a positive impact on children’s diets.
- WIC improves infant feeding practices by actively promoting breastfeeding as the best method of infant feeding.
- WIC participants have improved rates of childhood immunizations and a regular source of health care.
- Children born to women who have received WIC benefits have better vocabularies and memory scores.
Additional information on the WIC program can found on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.