Pregnant or postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 are eligible. They must meet income guidelines, a State residency requirement, and be individually determined to be at “nutrition risk” by a WIC staff or health care professional.
WIC participants receive checks or vouchers to purchase specific foods each month that are designed to supplement their diets. The foods provided for are high in one or more of the following nutrients: protein, calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. These are the nutrients frequently lacking in the diets of the program’s target participants. Some of the foods offered are: milk (or soy), fruits and vegetables, beans or peanut butter, whole grain foods, eggs, infant foods and cereals and more.