Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also know as WIC, is a program that is designed to help low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children 5 years old or younger who are at nutritional risk. The North Carolina WIC program accomplishes this by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information that can help provide healthy eating options including breastfeeding, and referrals to health care. If you are looking to know how to apply for WIC in North Carolina, then read the information provided below.
Am I Eligible for North Carolina WIC?
WIC is available to pregnant, breast feeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five. To participate, these persons must:
WIC Certification Periods
WIC Income Guidelines
Once the size and gross income of the economic unit (or household) have been determined and documented, staff use the poverty income guidelines included in the chart below to determine income eligibility. The guidelines are published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
|Size of Household**||Annual||Monthly||Weekly||Bi-Weekly||Twice Monthly|
|For each additional household member, add:||$7,696||$642||$148||$296||$321|
Note: A person who currently receives Medicaid, Work First, or Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps) automatically meets the income eligibility guidelines for WIC.
*185% of the Federal Poverty guidelines per the Federal Register.
** A household (or economic unit) is defined as a person or group of persons, related or nonrelated, who usually (although not necessarily) live together, and whose production of income and consumption of goods or services are related. The income of everyone in the economic unit is counted to determine eligibility.
How to Apply for North Carolina WIC Benefits
To apply for the WIC Program please contact the office of the local WIC agency that serves the residents of the county in which you live. To find the location of the WIC office for your county, you may:
When you go to apply for WIC, please remember to bring:
Examples of what you will need to bring:
To qualify for WIC, applicants must be both income eligible and have an identified medical/nutritional risk factor. These criteria will be assessed when you apply for WIC at your local WIC office. With some exceptions, each person applying for WIC must be physically present at the time of application at the local WIC office.
Need More Information?
County health departments, community and rural health centers, and community action agencies provide WIC Program services. For other helpful information contact the DHHS Customer Service Center at 1-800-662-7030 (TTY: 1-877-452-2514). DHHS Customer Service Center staff will never ask callers for bank account or credit card information.
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