For those interested in applying for WIC, keep in mind the basic qualifying criteria. Firstly, WIC is a program meant for pregnant women, women experiencing postpartum symptoms, women who are actively breastfeeding, as well as infants and toddlers up to age 5.
Of these criteria, the women and children must meet the income and residency criteria that is outlined in the prior slide, as well as prove they are experiencing what the WIC program determines is “nutritional risk.” Once you have determined if you think you will qualify for WIC, then the next step is to apply.
To apply for WIC, you will need to:
1. Find the contact information for local, state and tribal WIC offices.
2. Contact the WIC office to schedule an appointment. When you talk to the WIC representative, you will be informed about what you need to bring with you
3. Show up to your scheduled appointment with the required materials and children, if applicable
4. Fill out the application and participate in the health screening at your appointment
5. If you are approved, you will receive your voucher, check or electronic benefits card, along with a list of approved WIC food and a list of participating food stores
If you are accepted into the WIC program, you will begin to receive your benefits soon after being accepted. However, if you are not accepted into the WIC program, there are options for you.
Sometimes, the initial reviewer of the application may not think you meet all the qualifications. If you disagree, you can always appeal the decision. Contact your local WIC facility about your wish to appeal your rejection, and you will learn the various ways you can quickly appeal the decision.