What is WIC?
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is a special supplemental nutrition program for eligible women, infants, and children. The WIC Program's primary goal is to promote and maintain the health and well being of nutritionally at risk pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children. At the local level, Public Health Nurses provide nursing services in City of Milwaukee WIC clinics.
What Services does WIC provide?
WIC provides health screening and pregnancy testing, nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support and immunizations; supplemental nutritious foods such as iron fortified infant formula, milk, eggs, juice, cheese, cereal, and peanut butter or beans; as well as referrals to health care providers and other community agencies.
Who is eligible for WIC?
You may qualify if:
You live in Wisconsin.
You are pregnant, breastfeeding or a new mother.
You have an infant or children under the age of five.
You or your children have a health or nutrition need
You have a household income (before taxes) that is less than or equal to WIC income guidelines. For example a family of four can have gross annual income of up to $32,653 per year. Income guidelines are revised every July. Check with the local WIC project nearest you to find out if you are eligible.
You could be income eligible for WIC if you currently receive kinship Care, W2, Food Stamps, or Medicaid including Healthy Start. You may be income eligible for WIC even if food stamp benefits have been cancelled.
How do I apply for WIC?
Call the WIC Program nearest you. You may check your local directory for the public health or WIC office in your area or call 1 800 722-2295 for assistance in locating a WIC clinic near you. You can also find information on WIC locations in Milwaukee County by visiting the Milwaukee County WIC site. For City of Milwaukee Health department WIC clinic locations and times, click here and look for "WIC" in the left-hand column for each clinic location.
The WIC Program uses the same income criteria as reduced price school lunches. Fathers, guardians, or foster parents may apply for WIC for their infants and children.