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 Colorado 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 Colorado, then read the information provided below.
Who Can Qualify For Colorado WIC
WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you're a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC. You can participate in Colorado WIC if you:
To apply for WIC benefits, please call your local WIC clinic. For eligibility and appointment information call 1-800-688-7777. Find out whether you qualify by using the online Colorado PEAK "Am I Eligible" tool to find out whether you may be eligible for WIC benefits.
What to bring to your WIC certification appointment:
WIC Income Guidelines
|For each additional family member, add:||+$7,696||+$642||+$148|
*If you are pregnant, count yourself as two. To find out if you are eligible, please contact your local WIC clinic.
To participate in the Colorado WIC Program, you must meet the following three criteria:
Categorical: You must be one of the following:
Not all categories are served in all Colorado counties. In Weld, Rio Grande, Conejos and Costilla counties the categories served by WIC are limited because of the availability of the Commodity Supplemental Foods Program.
Income: To financially qualify for the WIC Program, your combined household gross income can't exceed the WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEG). The WIC IEGs are 185 percent of the Poverty Guidelines published in the Federal Register on March 23, 2012 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Use the following steps to manually calculate gross income.
Address: Participants in the Colorado WIC Program must live in Colorado. Generally, they also must be served in the county where they live. In some cases one local WIC agency may serve several counties. In that case, a person must be served by the local agency that provides services for his or her county.
You also can complete the online WIC Prescreening Tool to determine whether you may be eligible for WIC benefits. This tool isn't an application for WIC. To apply for WIC benefits, please call your local WIC clinic.