We want to give everything you need so that you can apply for the benefits you deserve.
We’re a private company (not the government) that finds out what you need to know, gives you the facts and gives them to you for free.
Our goal is to give you the information you need to:
- Understand the requirements for you to get benefits.
- Learn about the application process.
- 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’re a private company (not the government) that finds out what you need to know, gives you the facts and gives them to you for free. Our goal is to give the details you need – in a clear and simple way – so that you can meet your goals.
2. Where do we get our information?
Our team of writers has done a lot of research on the things you need. We’ve looked at the most important information online. We called local offices to ask the questions that you want answers to. We keep looking online and calling local offices, even if we already looked or called a few months ago. We do our best to give you information that is up to date and helpful.
Then we take the important things you need to know and give them to you in a way that’s clear and easy to understand.
3. Are we the government?
No, we are not the government, and our company is private. We find information that’s already online, but we gather in one place to make things easier for you. We try to look in the right places to get information and 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 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.