We want to provide information to help you apply for the benefits you deserve.
We aren’t the government, and our company is private. We provide this information in a free guide.
If you’re trying to get assistance, we want to give you information so that you can:
- Understand the requirements for you to get benefits.
- Learn about the application process.
- Seek to get the most out of your benefits.
Table of Contents
- Want to learn about us?
- Where do we get our information?
- Are we the government?
- Is my information protected?
- Who usually qualifies for WIC benefits?
- What are the main requirements for WIC?
- Does everyone who qualifies for WIC get benefits?
- Will some people get WIC before others?
- What does “at nutritional risk” mean?
- What if I only meet one nutritional risk requirement but not the other?
- Who decides if I am at nutritional risk?
- Can I buy any food with WIC benefits?
1. Want to learn about us?
We are not affiliated with the government in any way. We are a private company that engaged writers to research the WIC program and compiled a guide and the following answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing useful information on the process. We are not providing legal or financial advice. If you need such advice please contact an attorney or a financial advisor.
2. Where do we get our information?
Our team of writers conducts online research about topics that are important to you. We find information that’s already online, but we put it together to make things easier for you. We do the online research. We call local offices and ask questions.
Then we take the information and give it to you in a way that’s clear and easy to understand.
3. Are we the government?
No, we are not the government. Our company is private. We find information that’s already online, but we put it together to make things easier for you. We want to give you the best help that we can.
4. Is my information protected?
5. Who usually qualifies for WIC benefits?
Just like the name of the program says, you can usually get benefits if you are a woman, child or infant. Women have to be pregnant or new mothers most of the time. These are the main groups that qualify for WIC benefits.
6. What are the main requirements to get benefits?
The main requirements to get WIC benefits are: being in one of the three main groups (women, infants and children), having a low income, living in the state where you applied, and being in trouble with your nutrition. A doctor will decide if you meet this last requirement.
7. Does everyone who qualifies for WIC get benefits?
Not necessarily. State WIC agencies might have too many applicants. If they have more applicants than benefits, they might not be able to give them to everyone who qualifies.
8. Will some people get WIC before others?
Yes. If a WIC office doesn’t have enough assistance for everyone, some people will get it sooner than others. The group that gets first access to WIC benefits is women and kids who have medical problems and would be in trouble without the benefits.
9. What does “at nutritional risk” mean?
One requirement to get WIC is that your nutrition has to be in danger without benefits. This is what it means to be “at nutritional risk.” There are two ways that an applicant can meet this requirement. You can be considered in trouble medically because of your medical history or illness. You can be considered in trouble because of your diet, too.
10. What if I only meet one nutritional risk requirement but not the other?
As long as you meet one requirement (diet or medical) for nutritional risk, you might qualify for WIC. You do not have to meet both medical and diet requirements.
11. Who decides if I am at nutritional risk?
A health professional, like a doctor, will give you a full workup or “health screening.” After the screening, the doctor will tell you if you meet this requirement to get WIC. The screening is free.
12. Can I buy any food with WIC benefits?
WIC agencies have guidelines for what you can buy with WIC benefits. For example, you can buy cereal for infants and fruit and vegetable juices. But there are foods that you can’t buy with WIC. You can’t buy soda with WIC benefits.