How To Apply For WIC In Kentucky

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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky, then read the information provided below.

How To Apply for Kentucky WIC Benefits
Contact the WIC Program or local health department at 502-564-3827, for out of state call 800-462-6122 or TTY 800-648-6056. You will be asked to provide proper ID, proof of residence and information about your household income to help determine if you meet program guidelines. Most applicants are eligible for WIC who receive KTAP, food stamps or Medicaid, or:

  • Are pregnant or have a pregnant woman or infant in the family who receives Medicaid, or
  • Have a member of your family who receives KTAP, or
  • Have a household income at or less than 185 percent of poverty.

Successful applicants will be given a simple health and diet screening to assess nutritional or health needs. Use the WIC Prescreening Tool to see if you may be eligible.

WIC Income Guidelines

Household Size Weekly Bi-Weekly Twice-Monthly Monthly Annual
1 $423 $846 $916 $1,832 $21,978
2 $570 $1,140 $1,235 $2,470 $29,637
3 $718 $1,435 $1,554 $3,108 $37,296
4 $865 $1,730 $1,874 $3,747 $44,955
5 $1,012 $2,024 $2,193 $4.385 $52,614
6 $1,160 $2,319 $2,512 $5,023 $60,273
7 $1,307 $2,614 $2,832 $5,663 $67,951
8 $1,455 $2.910 $3,152 $6,304 $75,647
9 $1,603 $3,206 $3,473 $6,946 $83,343
10 $1,751 $3,502 $3,794 $7,587 $91,039
11 $1,899 $3,798 $4,114 $8,228 $98,735
12 $2,047 $4,094 $4,435 $8,870 $106,431
13 $2,195 $4,390 $4,756 $9,511 $114,127
14 $2,343 $4,686 $5,076 $10,152 $121,823
15 $2,491 $4,982 $5,397 $10,794 $129,519
16 $2,639 $5,278 $5,718 $11,435 $137,215
Each Additional Member Add +$148 +$296 +$321 +$642 +$7,696

All Participants Receive:

  • Screening for nutrition and health needs
  • Information on how to use WIC foods to improve health
  • Food Instruments to buy foods that help keep you and your children healthy and strong
  • Referrals to doctors, dentists, and programs like Food Stamps, Healthy Start and Head Start

Women Receive:

  • WIC Foods
  • Information on healthy eating during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Support

Infants Receive:

  • Breastfeeding support or infant formula
  • Immunization referrals
  • Parents/caretakers receive information on taking care of babies

Children Receive:

  • WIC Foods
  • Immunization referrals
  • Parents/caretakers receive information shopping, recipes, tips on feeding your child

Health Benefits Of WIC:

  • Premature births reduced
  • Low birth weight reduced
  • Long-term medical expenses reduced

Food Benefits:

  • Milk and cheese
  • Vitamin C-rich juices
  • Iron-rich cereals
  • Eggs
  • Dried Beans or Peanut Butter
  • A baby may receive infant formula, infant juice, and infant cereal

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