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California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Program Description

The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of California, pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman, infant or child up to 5 years of age and: (1) are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk; and, (2) meet an income standard, or are determined automatically income eligible. A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement. Please see the following Web Site for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines03-04.htm

Application Process


For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.


For more information on California WIC, please visit the California Department of Human Services at:

http://www.wicworks.ca.gov/about/general.html

If you have questions about the California WIC program you can call toll-free:
888-942-9675

You may also search for your local WIC office in California by visiting:

http://www.wicworks.ca.gov/resources/laSearch/search.asp