Starting in September, important changes are happening in WIC that we'd like you to know about.
- WIC staff will ask to see identification, and documents showing your income and address. They will tell you what documents you can use. You don't need to have US citizenship to participate in WIC - WIC helps everyone regardless of citizenship!
- WIC is now offering in-person appointments. WIC staff welcome you back to the clinic!
If you prefer remote appointments, here are important tips to help make your appointment easier:
- Have identification, a document showing your address and income documents ready. WIC staff may ask you to show these documents in video appointments, or they will tell you how you can provide this information to participate in WIC.
- Ask your doctor for weights and measures so you can share that information with WIC staff. You can have your provider write down this information or print out a summary from you or your child's electronic medical record. Having measures helps WIC provide better services to you and your children.
WIC is here to help! Our goal is to provide you with healthy foods, nutrition education, breast and chest feeding support, and referrals to other social and health services so that you and your family can grow healthy and be strong.
WIC fruit & vegetables benefits can be used at authorized farmers markets and farm stores starting June 1, 2023. Talk with your WIC staff to learn about using a QR code to shop at farmers markets and farm stores! Participants get these monthly fruit and veggie benefits:
- $25 per child (age 1–5 years)
- $44 per pregnant or non-breastfeeding participant
- $49 per breastfeeding participant
- $73.50 per participant fully breastfeeding twins or triplets
Infants 9–11 months can receive up to $4 in benefits for fresh fruits and vegetables each month in exchange for jarred baby food fruits and vegetables.
Use your QR code to buy fresh, local fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers markets and farm stores all year round! See How to Use your WIC QR Code to learn more.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
WIC is a place where families like yours get healthy food and a lot more. WIC is for pregnant people, new and breastfeeding moms, and children under 5. WIC helps improve the health of mothers and children through:
- Nutrition education
- Breastfeeding support
- Healthy foods
- Health screenings and referrals
Find a WIC office
There are over 200 WIC clinics across Washington State. To find a WIC clinic near you:
- Call the Help Me Grow WA Hotline 1-800-322-2588
- Text "WIC" to 96859
- Visit ParentHelp123's ResourceFinder
WIC does not affect your immigration status
Being on WIC does not make you a public charge and does not affect your immigration status. See the full statement from the federal Department of Agriculture.
Get nutrition education through WIC
Get ideas for feeding your family and staying active. You can:
- Get kid-friendly recipes, tips about feeding your children, and ideas to improve your whole family's health and nutrition
- Schedule one-on-one appointments with a nutritionist at no cost to you
Get breastfeeding support
With WIC you can also get support for breastfeeding. Access:
- Information about the benefits of breastfeeding
- One-on-one appointments with a lactation consultant or peer counselor
- Opportunities to connect with other WIC moms who are breastfeeding
- Information and resources to help you keep breastfeeding after going back to work or school
- Breast pumps at some WIC clinic locations
Get monthly benefits for healthy food
Through WIC you can also get monthly benefits for healthy foods like milk, cereal, fruits and vegetables. You get extra foods if you are fully breastfeeding and participate in WIC. You can also get:
- Iron-fortified formula for non-breastfed babies
- Jarred baby fruits, vegetables, and meats
Get health screenings and referrals
Through WIC you can also get healthcare appointments to measure growth, height, weight, and blood iron levels. You can also identify health risks, get immunization screenings, and get referrals to other services like:
- Medical care and health insurance
- Basic food program
- Local food banks
- Dental care
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Family planning clinics
Washington WIC doesn't discriminate.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.