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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, then read the information provided below.
Who is Eligible for Pennsylvania WIC?
WIC serves the following Pennsylvania residents:
These residents must also meet WIC income guidelines, which is 185 percent of the poverty level set by the federal government and is based on household size. They must also have a medical or nutritional risk, which is determined at the WIC certification appointment. There are many qualifying risks. Some examples include: anemia, underweight, overweight, premature baby and pregnancy complications.
How do I Apply For Pennsylvania WIC Benefits?
To apply for WIC, call the toll-free WIC Hotline 1-800-WIC-WINS to be connected to WIC office staff that will answer your questions and schedule your appointment, or get started online. Once your appointment is scheduled, please take time to review the list of required items needed for your initial visit to the WIC office.
What to Take to Your First Visit?
Proof of identity for each applicant:
If possible, complete a dietary questionnaire for each applicant.
WIC Income Guidelines
|Family Size||Monthly (Approx.)||Annual||Welfare 185% HB & HBP|
|For each additional family member add:||$642||$7,696||$7,696|