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WIC is a nutrition education program that provides growth and health assessments, referrals to community resources and breastfeeding support. WIC also provides nutritious foods that include fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains that build positive eating habits which can be established and reinforced from the start. There is no cost to eligible families. Eligibility is determined from the following criteria:

  1. If you satisfy the following:
    You are pregnant
    You are breastfeeding a baby under one year of age
    You have just had a baby
    You have an infant or child under the age of 5
  2. If you live in Idaho.
  3. If you have a special nutritional need. A nutrition and health screening is provided at the WIC clinic.
  4. If you meet the income guidelines in this table: Effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017
Number of
Household
Members*
 

Maximum Gross Household Income

Per Week Per Month Per Year
1 $423 $1,832 $21,978
2 $570 $2,470 $29,637
3 $718 $3,108 $37,296
4 $865 $3,747 $44,955
5 $1,012 $4,385 $52,614
6 $1,160 $5,023 $60,273
For each additional individual, add $641/month or $7,696/year * Pregnant women count as two household members
Proof of income must be presented at the initial appointment.

If you qualify for WIC based on the above guidelines, please print and fill out an application and bring into the nearest WIC office. If unable to print and fill out an application ahead of time, applications can be found at the nearest WIC office. An appointment will then be made for you following completion of an application.

  • How do I apply for WIC?

    An application needs to be completed and given to the nearest WIC office.  At this time, you will be given an appointment date and time with a list of things to bring to your first appointment.

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  • How long can I stay on WIC?

    Children can be on WIC from birth until their 5th birthday.  Pregnant women can stay on WIC until delivery and may qualify to stay on longer following delivery.  Postpartum women can stay on WIC up to 6 months postpartum.  Breastfeeding women can stay on WIC up to 12 months postpartum.

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  • When do I get WIC checks?

    WIC checks are given immediately after the first appointment.  This is when you will receive a WIC Identification Folder and a WIC Approved Food List, both of which you will need to take with you to the grocery store.

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  • Can I have someone else use my WIC checks?

    Yes, a second signer can be added to the WIC ID Folder.  This person can be a relative or friend that needs to be present with both you and photo identification.

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  • Where can WIC checks be used?

    WIC checks can be used at any WIC approved grocery store in Idaho.  The store needs to be in the state of Idaho and have an “Idaho WIC Checks Honored Here” sticker in the window.

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Phone Icon For more information or questions about WIC call the office near you:

  • Nez Perce County: 208-799-3100
  • Latah County: 208-882-7506
  • Clearwater County: 208-476-7850
  • Idaho County: 208-983-2842
  • Lewis County: 208-935-2124
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All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a substitute for appropriate professional advice.

For more information please call (208) 799-3100 or Idaho Careline: 211.

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