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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee, then read the information provided below.
Tennessee WIC Eligibility Requirements
WIC is available only for:
You can also use the WIC Prescreening Tool to see if you might be eligible for WIC.
Apart from meeting categorical requirements, the applicants will also have to meet the following basic eligibility requirements for the program.
What to bring for your first WIC appointment
Documents to show at your first visit to WIC (certification) include proof of identity (for all applicants), proof of household income, and proof of Tennessee residency. Prenatal applicants must show proof of pregnancy. In addition, applicants must be present at certification. Call our office if you have questions due to unusual circumstances.
Periodically you will have to show proofs again. WIC staff will always inform you when you need to bring required paperwork to recertification visits. Review your paperwork ahead of time so you arrive prepared and can receive WIC benefits with no interruption.
Proof of identity options: bring just one item for each person applying for WIC
Proof of household income options: must include all income for the household
Proof of Tennessee residency options
Proof of pregnancy options
Tennessee WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines
Income eligibility is uniform statewide and is determined at the local level by the Public Health Office Assistant (PHOA/clerk) in the health department. The participant’s household gross income must be equal to or less than these WIC income guidelines (185% of Federal poverty).
|Family Size||Annual||Monthly||Twice Monthly||Bi-Weekly||Weekly|
|Each Add'l Member Add:||+$7,696||+$642||+$321||+$296||+$148|
Apply For Tennessee WIC Benefits
For more information about applying for the WIC program call your local health department or call 1-800-DIAL-WIC (1-800-342-5942)