How To Apply For Tennessee WIC

This page provides general guidelines for the Tennessee WIC eligibility requirements. Applicants for the Women Infants and Children program must meet categorical, residential, WIC income requirements and nutrition risk. Before you apply for Tennessee WIC benefits, you can use the pre-screening tool online at http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf.

The length of time you receive benefits can be determined by pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, an infant or child. In most cases, if you are eligible for this program you will receive benefits from 6 months to a year, at which time you will need to apply again.


Tennessee WIC Waiting List

When the Tennessee WIC agency does not have enough money for everyone who is applying, they keep a waiting list of applicants who want to apply and are likely to be eligible. When this happens they use what is called a Priority System to determine who will get Tennessee WIC first. This system ensures that services and benefits are provided first to participants with the most serious health conditions.


Tennessee WIC Eligibility Requirements By Category

Below are the categorial requirements for the Women Infants and Children program in Tennessee.


Tennessee WIC Application Residential Requirements

Applicants must be a resident of Tennessee. If you are an applicant and live in an area where the Women Infants and Children program is administered by an Indian Tribal Organization, then you must meet residency requirements established by the ITO.

Applicants are not required to live in Tennessee or a local service area for a certain amount of time to meet the WIC eligibility requirements. At the option of the local state agency, an Tennessee WIC applicant may be required to live in a local service area and apply for benefits at a clinic near that area. If you need to find a clinic, find a WIC clinic near me.


Tennessee WIC Income Requirements

To be eligible for Tennessee WIC an applicant must have an income that is at or below the income level set by the local state agency or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs.


Tennessee WIC Nutrition Risk

Applicants for the Women Infants and Children program in Tennessee must be seen by a health professional. This could include someone like a physician, nurse, or nutritionist. They must determine if you are at a nutrition risk. Usually this can be done through one of the local Tennessee WIC clinics at no cost to the applicant.

If you have a phyisican you already see then you can obtain this information from them. Being a nutrition risk means that an individual has a medical-based or dietary-based condition, this could include anemia, underweight or history of poor pregnancy. They must at least get the applicant's height and weight along with bloodwork to check for anemia.