How To Apply For WIC In Idaho

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 Idaho 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 Idaho, then read the information provided below.

Am I Eligible For Idaho WIC?
Click here to use the WIC pre-screening tool. To download the online application, click here.

WIC Qualifications

  • are a resident of Idaho
  • are one of the following categories:
    • pregnant
    • breastfeeding a baby under one year of age
    • just had a baby
    • have an infant or child under the age of 5
  • have a nutritional need
  • meet the income guidelines below

Idaho WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines

Number of Household Members Per Week Per Month Per Year
1 $423 $1,832 $21,978
2 $570 $2,470 $29,637
3 $718 $3,108 $37,296
4 $865 $3,747 $44,955
5 $1,012 $4,385 $52,614
6 $1,160 $5,023 $60,273

What to Bring to Your First WIC Appointment
During this appointment, trained WIC staff will conduct a health screening for all family members applying. This includes a finger stick blood test to check iron status (for older infants, children, and women), measuring height  and weight, and asking you some questions about your health and nutrition. At the end of this appointment you will be told if you and your children are eligible for WIC services.

To save you time, before your appointment answer the questions on the application form. Please be on time or early. If you are late, your appointment may be rescheduled for another day.

Bring all of the following things to this appointment

  • Each person who is applying for  WIC.
  • Identification for you and your children. This can be a birth certificate, crib card for newborns, driver’s license or other legal identification.
  • Proof of where you live. This should be current (within the last 30 days) and must show the actual address where you live. Bring a letter, utility bill, driver’s license or rent receipt. A post office box number is not adequate proof.
  • Immunization records for your children.
  • If your infant or child uses diapers, bring an extra diaper.
  • Confirmation of your pregnancy, if you are expecting. Bring a statement from the health care provider showing your baby’s due date.
  • Proof of income for your entire household. Bring proof of all money received in your household for the past 30 days. The local agency may choose to use income documentation which covers more than 30 days if this better reflects your household income at the time you are applying for WIC services (includes periods of unemployment such as layoffs, maternity leave or seasonal work). Do not include future income or changes in income that may happen in the future.
  • OR Bring a Medical, Quest or Social Security Card if you or your children receive SNAP, Medicaid or Cash Assistance (TANF/TAFI) to help staff determine your eligibility. If you do not have a Social Security card, you can still apply for WIC. A Social Security number is not required for WIC services. These cards may be used to match SNAP and Medicaid records to verify participation in those programs to help establish income eligibility for WIC.

These guidelines are to see if you might qualify for WIC. To make sure that you qualify, please contact your local WIC office. To find your local office, call the Idaho Careline at 211 or 1-800-926-2588.

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