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How Can I Get WIC?

Who is WIC for?

You may qualify for California WIC if you:
  • Are pregnant, breastfeeding or chestfeeding, just had a baby (or recent pregnancy loss) in the last six months; or
  • Have a child or care for a child under age 5; and
  • Have low-to-medium income or receive Medi-Cal, CalWORKs (TANF), or CalFresh (SNAP) benefits; and
  • Live in California.

Working families and migrant families are also welcome to apply!

Use the WIC eligibility assessment to help you find out if you may be eligible for WIC benefits.

Please be aware that only staff at your local WIC office can officially confirm that you qualify for WIC services.

Why choose WIC?

The California Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is a food and nutrition program for growing families. The program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding and chestfeeding support, benefits to buy healthy foods, and referrals to health care and other community services.

WIC services include:
  • Nutrition experts who specialize in nutrition for mothers and their children.
  • Support and information about breastfeeding your baby, including access to breastfeeding and chestfeeding experts.
  • Help in finding health care and other valuable community services.
  • Benefits to buy healthy foods - such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk, eggs, bread, cereal, juice, peanut butter, soy milk, tofu and more!

Or you can call toll free: 1-800-852-5770

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Select a WIC office to view its map location.


2) What do I bring to my first WIC appointment?

WIC staff may ask you to bring your infant or child enrolling into WIC to the WIC office.

They may also ask you to provide:

  • Identification for yourself and any children under age 5
  • Proof of your address (ID, paycheck with address, rent document, or utility bill)
  • Proof of your family's household income (paycheck, tax return, letter from employer, Medi-Cal card)
  • Proof of pregnancy
  • Medical forms filled out by your health care provider

If you or your child receive Medi-Cal, you may use your active Medi-Cal card as proof of income.

3) What should I expect at my first WIC appointment?

  • A WIC counselor will determine if you are eligible for the program and will provide a review of the WIC program services and benefits.
  • A nutrition assessment will also be completed for each qualifying member of your family.
  • WIC food benefits for all qualifying members of the family will be loaded onto the California WIC Card. You can immediately use your WIC Card to purchase healthy foods.
  • Find more information about shopping with the WIC Card on the MyFamily website.

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Page Last Updated: July 23, 2024

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