Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

What is WIC?

WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy.

Who's eligible?

bullet  Pregnant women
bullet  New moms (up to six months after delivery)
bullet  Breastfeeding moms (up to one year after delivery)
bullet  Infants
bullet  Children under the age of five

You must live in Indiana and meet income guidelines. Check the income chart at the bottom of the page to see if your family might qualify. When you apply, you'll receive a personalized nutrition assessment to see if the program is right for you.

Benefits to WIC Participants

bullet  Supplemental nutritious foods
bullet  Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics
bullet  Referrals to other health and social services

How does WIC work?

As a WIC applicant, you will contact the clinic in your community for a free visit to be enrolled and to pick up your checks. At the appointment, you'll receive nutrition education and breastfeeding support, and learn about other services you can use to help your family.

The WIC checks can be used at local grocery stores for cereal, juice, milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, beans, whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole wheat or corn tortillas, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, cheese and baby food.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

bullet  Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers.
bullet  Mothers who give their babies only breastmilk receive a larger food package.
bullet  Mothers who breastfeed receive mother-to-mother support from peer counselors.
bullet  Breastfeeding mothers returning to work or school may receive a breast pump and suuport from lactation consultants.


Income Eligibility
Families alread receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps and TANF are income eligible for the WIC Program.

If you are pregnant, count yourself as two (2). For households with more than 12 members, add $7,696 for each additional member.

Household means a group of people (related or not) who are living as one economic unit.

In accordance with Federal laws and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speeech disabilities may 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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