What is WIC?
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federal benefit program for new mothers and children younger than 5 years of age. It provides healthy food supplements to fight malnourishment and nutrition-related diseases like anemia. Studies have shown that women who are enrolled in WIC have safer pregnancies, and children who are enrolled in WIC have better mental health and better grades.
Who is eligible for WIC?
To be eligible for WIC, you must have a child who is younger than 5 years of age. Though the program is called Women, Infants and Children, you do not have to be a biological mother in order to claim WIC benefits on behalf of your children. To qualify for WIC, you must be low-income and medically determined to be at nutritional risk. Post-partum women are eligible in some states, but not all.