The Vermont WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program is handled by the Department of Health. This state agency can help you with questions or issues with WIC including how to apply, what is required to be eligible for Vermont WIC benefits or if you need to schedule an appointment. If you will be meeting with the Vermont Department of Health, we suggest you verify what documents you should bring with you to make sure they have all the information they need to help determine your eligibility. This page provides the Vermont WIC office number and office hours.
The Vermont WIC program aims to assist low-income and nutritionally at risk women who are pregnant, women who are currently breastfeeding (up to infant's 1st birthday), nonbreastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends), infants (up to 1st birthday) and children up to their fifth birthday. Benefits that are provided to participants through the Vermont WIC program includes supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, counseling at WIC clinics, screening and referrals for other health reasons, welfare and social services.
If you are planning to move out of state, Vermont WIC participants can still receive their benefits until the certification period expires as long as there is proof that they received WIC benefits in Vermont. Before you move, it is recommended that you contact the local WIC office. In most cases, the state agency will provide you with a special card that proves you participated in the Vermont WIC Program. When you have moved, the next step would be to call the WIC office in the state you moved to and schedule an appointment. Make sure to bring the special card to your appointment to show proof you received benefits from the Vermont WIC program.
108 Cherry Street PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
The number to call this state agency is 800-464-4343 Ext: 7333 or 802-863-7333. Their fax number is 802-863-7229.
To view the website for the Vermont WIC program, click here.
Find out what foods you can purchase by viewing the Vermont WIC approved food list.
There are Vermont WIC office locations in all parts of the state. If you want to apply for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits, you should have no trouble finding an acceptance facility. You must apply for WIC at one of these offices. Therefore, it is important that you know where you need to go to file your application.
If you want to find a WIC office near you, search online. In fact, you can easily find acceptance facilities in your area by using this website. In order to find a WIC clinic, you must search by state and city. Then, a list of all nearby acceptance facilities will appear on a map. When you find the office closest to you, click on the listing. From there, you can see the office’s street address and phone number. You can also learn whether the office has its own website, which you can consult for additional information.
When you enroll in the WIC Vermont program, you will receive an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. It works like a debit card, and the WIC office uploads benefits to your account each month. Once you have these funds, you can use your WIC card to buy healthy groceries that you can prepare at home. These benefits then become available to you on the first of the month for three months.
However, remember that you cannot begin to receive funds through the Vermont WIC network until you complete the necessary steps. Generally, this means that you participate in your enrollment interview or you complete a nutrition-based activity. Once you fulfill these requirements, you can begin using your program benefits. Furthermore, remember that you do not need to contact your local WIC office to confirm your remaining EBT card balance. Instead, you can check your balance by:
Once you have your EBT card from the Vermont WIC office, you can buy groceries. However, keep in mind that there are specific items you may purchase with program funds. You may only use your WIC benefits to buy certain nutritious options. These include:
Remember to speak with someone from your WIC clinic if you have questions about the types of foods you can purchase. Depending on the type of purchase, you may only be able to buy items from a certain brand or that meet specific health requirements. If you try to buy an item that does not meet these WIC food guidelines, the transaction will be denied. Additionally, make sure that you are only shopping at approved grocery stores. You can confirm which grocery stores accept program benefits by searching online or calling your WIC office.