How To Apply For WIC In North Dakota

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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota, then read the information provided below.

 To be eligible for North Dakota WIC
1. You must be a:

  • pregnant woman;
  • breastfeeding woman (up to one year after giving birth)
  • new mother (up to six months after giving birth)
  • parent, guardian or caretaker who has an infant or child younger than 5 years of age

2. You must have a nutritional health risk. The WIC Staff will be able to find a risk by checking your height, weight and iron level and having you answer some health and diet questions.
 
3. Your annual household income must be within WIC Guidelines (see below) which are based on gross income unless you are self-employed. Note: You may have a job and still meet these guidelines. WIC Prescreening Tool.

Your First WIC Appointment
To find out more about WIC and the clinic location nearest you can call the state WIC Program toll free at 1.800.472.2286. For your first visit to a WIC clinic, please bring the following with you:

  • Identification for each applicant (ex., driver's license, Social Security card, birth certificate)
  • Proof of income (ex., paycheck stubs, income tax form (self-employed and farmers), Medicaid card, SNAP (Food Stamps) award letter)
  • Proof of residency (ex., your utility bill, cable bill)
  • Proof of immunizations (your child's shot records for children up to age 2)
  • WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status
  • Please call your local WIC office to make an appointment

Can I bring my kids to the appointment?
At certification appointments you are required to bring your child to the appointment. At other times you may bring them along or you may find it easier to visit with the nutritionist if you leave them with a caretaker.

How long do the appointments take?
The first appointment will take longer - usually 30 to 40 minutes, because everything is new. After that, your monthly appointment with the nutritionist will take about 20 minutes. Every six months to a year, you will need another 20 - 30 minute appointment time to reconfirm program eligibility.

Do I automatically qualify if I'm on SNAP (Food Stamps) or Medicaid?
Yes, you meet the WIC income requirements, since these programs have stricter income limits. But you still need to have a nutritional risk fully qualify.

If I am not a citizen of the U.S., can I get WIC?
Yes, WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status and participation in WIC will not affect your immigration or naturalization status.

If I am working, can I still qualify for WIC?
Yes! Many working families qualify for WIC. Because WIC is a health program its income requirements are more generous than other programs.

North Dakota WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines

Household Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $21,978 $1,832 $423
2 $29,637 $2,470 $570
3 $37,296 $3,108 $718
4 $44,955 $3,747 $865
5 $52,614 $4,385 $1,012
6 $60,273 $5,023 $1,160
For each additional household member add: $7,696 $642 $148

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