How To Apply For WIC In Nevada

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 Nevada 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 Nevada, then read the information provided below.

In order to participate in the Nevada WIC Program, the following requirements need to be met

Categorical – A person must be one of the following:

  • Pregnant woman
  • Breastfeeding woman (up to one year after the delivery of baby)
  • Postpartum woman who is not breastfeeding (up to 6 months after the delivery of baby)
  • Infant
  • Child up to 5 years of age

NOTE: Fathers of children under the age of 5 are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes, and receive and redeem benefits for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.

Residency: Participants in the Nevada WIC program must live in Nevada and be able to provide proof of residency.

Nutrition Risk: Have a risk identified through a medical/nutritional screening.

Income: The income guidelines for WIC are considerably higher than for other public assistance programs, so many families with employed members can qualify for WIC. In order to qualify, your total combined household income, before taxes are taken out, cannot exceed the following income guidelines. WIC counts an unborn baby as a household member so add one to household if pregnant. NOTE: Applicants who participate in the Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) automatically meet the income eligibility by bringing proof of their participation in one of these programs – other income documents are not needed.

WIC Income Guidelines For Eligibility

Family Size Gross Annual Gross Monthly Gross Twice Monthly Gross Bi-Weekly Gross Weekly
1 $21,978 $1,832 $916 $846 $423
2 $29,637 $2,470 $1,235 $1,140 $570
3 $37,296 $3,108 $1,554 $1,435 $718
4 $44,955 $3,747 $1,874 $1,730 $865
5 $52,614 $4,385 $2,193 $2,024 $1,012
6 $60,273 $5,023 $2,512 $2,319 $1,160
7 $67,951 $5,663 $2,832 $2,614 $1,307
8 $75,647 $6,304 $3,152 $2,910 $1,455
9 +$7,696 +$642 +$321 +$296 +$148

WIC Contact Information
Nevada WIC State Office
4126 Technology Way, #102
Carson City. NV 89706
Phone: (775) 684-5942
Fax: (775) 684-4246

WIC Appointment, What Is Needed?
At the time of your appointment, each applicant will need to have their

  • Identification
  • Proof of Residency, and
  • Proof of Income

You will be asked to bring any of the following for your WIC Certification appointment (but is not limited to):

Proof Of Identification
Must be current/valid original document (no photocopies)

Infants/Children

  • Immunization Record
  • Hospital Birth Record
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medicaid Card

Women or Adult (parent, guardian, or proxy)

  • Photo ID (such as drivers license, passport)
  • Work or School ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medicaid Card

Proof Of Residency
One proof of residency may be used to certify the entire family. Parent/guardian’s proof of residence applies to the infant/child (name does not have to appear on the document used). The following are accepted documentation forms of residency:

  • Current Utility bills for the residence reported
  • Rent or mortgage receipts for lodging/housing
  • Statement from landlord
  • State of Nevada driver’s license or state I.D. with current physical address
  • A P.O. Box address is not acceptable for proof of residence

Proof Of Income
Bring documentation for all income received by the household members

Definition Of Income
Income is defined as all gross income before deductions are made for income taxes, social security taxes, insurance premiums, child support, car payments, etc. All income from the prior 30 days will normally be considered, including:

  • Wages, salary, commissions, or fees
  • Net income from farm and non-farm self-employment
  • Social Security benefits
  • Dividends or interest on savings or bonds
  • Income from estates or trusts, on investments or net rental income
  • Public assistance or welfare payments
  • Unemployment payments
  • Government, civilian employee or military retirement or pensions or veterans payments
  • Private pensions or annuities or insurance benefits
  • Alimony or child support payments
  • Regular contributions from persons not living in the household
  • Net royalties
  • Other income includes, but is not limited to, cash amounts received or withdrawn from any source including savings, investments, trust accounts and other resources with are readily available to the family

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