How To Apply For WIC In Illinois

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 Illinois 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 Illinois, then read the information provided below.

How can I apply for Illinois WIC benefits?
Services are provided in communities throughout the state. Find a local WIC clinic to call and schedule an appointment and find out what papers or documents you need to bring with you. At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify. If you need assistance, contact the State WIC Office at 217-782-2166.

What is the purpose of this service?
WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.

Who can receive these services?
Women and their children who are:

  • Pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby
  • Infants and Children under 5 years old (including foster children)
  • Families with a low to medium income
  • Click here to find out if you might qualify for WIC benefits

To apply for WIC benefits bring the following to a WIC Location:

  • Two current paycheck stubs or Public Aid Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Shot Records of your child
  • Picture ID/Social Security Card
  • Current Bill or Mail
  • Health Referral form completed by your health care provider

Call your WIC clinic and schedule an appointment today! To find a clinic near you, call the automated office locator line. 1-800-323-4769 (voice) 1-866-295-6817 (TTY). WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status. For more information about the WIC program call the DHS Helpline at 1-800-843-6154 (voice) 1-800-447-6404 (TTY).

Illinois WIC Income Guidelines

Family Size Weekly Monthly Yearly
1 $398 $1,723 $20,665
2 $539 $2,333 $27,991
3 $680 $2,944 $35,317
4 $821 $3,554 $42,643
5 $961 $4,165 $49,969
6 $1,102 $4,775 $57,295
For each additional family member add $141 $611 $7,326

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