Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
For more information, see WIC on MassResources.org.
What is WIC?
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a food and nutrition program for low-income women and children who are not getting all the nutrients they need. WIC gives free healthy food and nutrition counseling to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and young children. WIC's goal is to help women and children eat better and stay healthy.
Am I eligible?
WIC is for pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children under 5 years of age. You must meet the income limits. You must also have a nutritional need, such as a poor diet, problems during pregnancy, or anemia. There are no citizenship or immigration requirements for WIC.
What benefits will I get?
You will get WIC checks that you can use to buy approved foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, soymilk, cheese, tofu, eggs, whole grain bread and tortillas, cereal, peanut butter, infant formula, baby food, beans, brown rice, and fruit juices. These foods are meant to supplement your regular diet. You will also get nutrition counseling, health screenings, and referrals to other benefit programs.
How do I apply?
To apply for WIC, you should call Worcester WIC at the Family Health Center at 508-762-5700; or the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center WIC office at 508-852-1805; or the Plumley Village WIC office at 508-799-9392 to set up an appointment. For more information, see WIC program information on the Family Health Center of Worcester's web site.
How do I use my WIC benefits?
You can use your WIC checks at supermarkets and most other food stores to buy WIC-approved foods. Your checks will list the specific foods you are allowed to buy with them. You must bring your WIC ID with you when you use your checks.
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