Quality nutrition services are the centerpiece of WIC
- nutrition and breastfeeding education
- nutritious foods, and
- health care access for low and moderate income women and children with, or at risk of developing, nutrition related health problems.
Nationally, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has an extraordinary 35-year record of preventing children’s health problems and improving their health, growth and development. Locally, Spokane Regional Health District supports this vision by offering WIC services in several convenient locations.
WIC’s committed, results-oriented, and entrepreneurial staff stretch resources to serve all eligible women and children while ensuring program effectiveness and integrity. WIC children enter school ready to learn and show better cognitive performance.
Who is eligible and who can apply?
- Pregnant women
- Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
- Women who have had a baby in the past six months
- Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply for their children
- If you have a job or if you have private health insurance, you can still apply for WIC. You do not have to be married to apply for WIC.
For more eligibility requirements, see below.
- You or your child must be a Washington state resident
- To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants’ income must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines (currently $42,643 for a family of four).
A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.
Fathers of children under the age of 5 are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes, and receive and redeem benefits for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.