Program Eligibility

To qualify for WIC, you must meet income guidelines and be in any of the categories below:

  • A pregnant woman

  • A woman breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age

  • A woman who had a baby or was pregnant in the past 6 months

  • A baby up to his or her first birthday

  • A child up to his or her fifth birthday

  • Babies and children cared for by their fathers, other guardians, or foster parents

*You may qualify if you receive Medi-Cal, CalWORKs (TANF) or CalFresh (SNAP) benefits.

*Working families and migrant families are also welcome to apply.

What do I bring to my first WIC appointment?

  •  For all appointments you need to bring your WIC Card and/or picture ID. If you come for an enrollment or to re-assess eligibility for WIC, we need the following:

  • Infant/child/mother who is in the program present.

  • Proof of address (any mail/bill with your name on it,  needs to be current address, PO Box not accepted)

  • Proof of income (pay stub, unemployment letter of benefits)

  • Medi-Cal card and/or immunization record, Drivers license, ID for individual being enrolled in program. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the WIC program. Please call (209)-383-4859 for additional questions.

Q: Do I have to be a US citizen or resident to qualify?

A: No, your immigration status doesn’t affect your eligibility for WIC nor do we report to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Q: How long can I be on WIC?

A: As long as you or your family member meets the category guidelines, you can be on WIC:

  • Category: Pregnant woman, Postpartum woman until 6-12 month postpartum, Infants and children until the age of 5

  • Income: Household income must fall within WIC guidelines (please post a link to the guidelines on the CDPH homepage)

  • Residency: Must be a resident of California

 

Q: My child is turning one year of age. Can they still be on WIC?

A: Yes, your child can be on WIC as long as your family income is still within WIC’s income guidelines until the child turns 5. The food package will change from formula (if applicable) and baby food to cow’s milk, cheese, yogurt, whole grains, beans or peanut butter, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Q: I just found out I’m pregnant. Can I enroll in WIC or do I have to wait until I have the baby?

A: You can enroll in WIC once you know you are pregnant and you fall within the income guidelines. You will need to provide proof of income, residency, ID and pregnancy.