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WIC - Women, Infants, and Children

WIC helps families get healthy food and a whole lot more.

WIC is for pregnant individuals, new and breastfeeding moms, and children under age 5. WIC supports mothers and children through healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and connections to additional resources and programs like First Steps

How to apply for WIC

Public Health offers WIC information and services at locations across King County. Home or off-site visits are also available.

Call us for an appointment at a location near you 206-263-9300.

Is my family eligible?

Qualifications to be eligible for WIC:

  • You live in Washington state; and
  • Have a medical or nutrition need; and
  • You are pregnant, a new mother, or have a child under five years of age
    • Foster children under age five and foster teens who are pregnant are income eligible for WIC.
    • An individual who is pregnant is counted as a family of two. If they are having twins, they are counted as a family of three.
  • Meet the income guidelines:
    • View the current statewide WIC income eligibility chart.
    • Eligibility is based on gross monthly household income (before taxes and deductions) and nutritional need. A household is a group of related or non-related individuals who usually, though not necessarily, are living together and share income. Your family may still be eligible even if you are working, a single parent or receiving SNAP assistance.
    • You are income eligible for WIC if you receive Basic Food Program benefits, Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

Benefits

WIC monthly benefits are valued at approximately $150 for a family of two per month for nutritious foods. 

Where can benefits be used?

Many local grocery stores accept WIC monthly benefits through our WIC Card. Learn how to use your WIC card

Starting June 2023, participating families can also use their new WIC QR code to spend summer Farmers Market Benefits and monthly Fruit and Vegetable benefits at approved farmers markets and farm stores. More details coming soon.

What foods are provided?

Foods that are high in protein, calcium, iron, or vitamins A & C, such as:

  • Baby food
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • 100% fruit juice with vitamin C
  • Cheeses
  • Dried peas and beans
  • Cereals fortified with iron
  • Eggs
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Infant cereal
  • Iron fortified baby formula (for babies who are not breastfed)
  • Tuna and carrots for women fully breastfeeding with babies
  • Whole grains

Learn more about WIC-approved foods in Washington State.

How to shop with your Washington State WIC card

Watch a video for tips and guidelines on how to use your Washington State WIC card including setting up your PIN number, safety tips, how to utilize your benefits, introducing the WICShopper App, what to do at the cashier and more.

Comprando con su tarjeta WIC

Consejos y pautas sobre cómo usar su tarjeta WIC del estado de Washington, incluida la configuración de su número PIN, consejos de seguridad, cómo usar sus beneficios, presentar la aplicación WICShopper, qué hacer en el cajero y más.

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