If you’re pregnant, a caregiver, or a parent with a child under the age of 5, WIC is here for you, providing:
Monthly food benefits help you provide the healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, cheese, cereal and other grains, peanut butter, beans & more. And because they need added nutrition, nursing moms get additional food.
Everything you need to know – from establishing good milk supply before your baby arrives to continuing to breastfeed after you return to work or school. Get support and education, peer counseling, lactation support, classes and more.
Learn about nutritious foods, how to plan and prepare healthy meals, shop on a budget, prenatal nutrition tips, kid-friendly recipes, access to free online lessons, personalized nutrition counseling and more.
Your eWIC card issued by the Wisconsin WIC program is your main tool to access a wide range of benefits and check balances.
Use your mobile device to scan WIC-approved foods and much more. Available on both Android and iOS.
You always have a place to turn for questions in one-on-one sessions or peer parent groups, and referrals to social services and valuable resources.
Under normal circumstances, WIC would schedule in-person appointments with individuals looking to sign up. Right now, WIC clinics are still open and offering those appointments over the phone. To schedule an appointment, you’ll just need to call your local clinic or sign up here.
Right now, federal WIC regulations require that a WIC purchase be made with a cashier in a store. Even if these federal regulations were temporarily waived, the technology and procedures, unfortunately, do not exist to conduct a WIC transaction outside of a store. The WIC purchases require multiple computer systems to talk to each other to check if a food item is on the WIC approved list and to enter a PIN at the time of purchase.
We know this may pose challenges for our WIC shoppers. If you feel you shouldn’t go grocery shopping, take care of yourself and give your shopping list and card to another trusted shopper. Also, remember that self-checkout is an option at Copps, Pick n Save, Meijer, MetroMart and Walmart for a quicker, and more socially distant checkout.
We also recommend shopping during non-peak times, such as early in the morning, when you may come into contact with fewer people. This also increases your chances of finding more WIC-approved foods in stock and available for purchase.
WIC is speaking with manufacturers and food distributors’ representatives to monitor WIC food availability and analyzing food redemption information to determine which WIC approved foods are being purchased during this time. As of now, WIC has not received any notifications that there are shortages of WIC foods. Shelves at the grocery store may be empty due to the increased demand during this time. But they will be restocked!
Wisconsin WIC has also been approved by the USDA for temporary food waivers to allow participants to buy a larger variety of brands and package sizes until the end of May. More choices are available for whole wheat bread, 48 oz. juice and tofu. If one of your go-to WIC foods is not available, use the WICApp to do a food search or scan a similar item to see if it is approved. A list of temporarily approved foods was also texted to families recently.
In most cases, in order to determine whether or not a person is eligible, WIC looks at their income over the LAST 30 days. However, in cases of recent unemployment, WIC looks at their expected income over the NEXT 30 days. So in short, if you’re recently unemployed, there’s no need to wait to apply for WIC!
We want to ensure all of our WIC participants that their benefits are valid, and their e-WIC card will not be locked. We are not planning to make any changes to the way benefits are distributed. If participants have questions about their individual benefits, they can contact their local clinic for assistance.
Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses. COVID-19 has not been detected in breast milk. So yes, breastfeed! If you’re breastfeeding and you become ill, it’s important not to interrupt nursing. The baby has already been exposed to the virus and will benefit the most from continued breastfeeding.
WIC serves lower-income pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding women, infants, and children under age 5 who have health or nutrition risks. Many working families are part of WIC.
You must meet four criteria to be eligible for WIC:
Not sure if you qualify? You may qualify if anyone in your family is receiving FoodShare, Medicaid, BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin Works Program (W2), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
Dads, grandparents, and other caregivers of children under the age of 5 may also sign up kids for WIC.
Foster children and Kinship Care recipients under age 5, and foster teens who are pregnant are eligible for WIC.
WIC income eligibility is based on 185% of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines, which is the same criteria as free and reduced-price school lunch.
For specific income levels by household size, consult the WIC income eligibility table below.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.