WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. It is a food and nutrition program which improves the health and nutrition of pregnant women, new mothers, and young children up to five years of age. WIC is a FREE program that provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, and help accessing health care to eligible low-income women, infants, and children. You are eligible for WIC if you:
- Live in Washington State
- Are pregnant, a new mother, or a child under five years of age
- Meet the income guidelines below
A family of 3 can be eligible with a gross monthly income of $3,551. WIC's income eligibility guidelines are below (effective April 18, 2022):
|Household Family Size*||Gross Monthly Income**||Gross Annual Income**|
*A household is defined as a group of related or non-related individuals, who usually, although not necessarily, are living together and share income. If you are pregnant, include each unborn child in household size.
**Gross income is income before taxes and deductions.
NOTE: Some types of income are excluded from the WIC income assessment, including certain types of military pay. Please contact our WIC clinic to see if you are income eligible.
• If you or a household member receive Basic Food Program benefits, Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or participate in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) you are AUTOMATICALLY income eligible for WIC.
Hours of Operation (Wenatchee):
- Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
- Closed the 3rd Tuesday of each month 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hours of Operation (Chelan):
- Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Nutrition for your Family
Our food packages are customized to the client. Each client receives food benefits to buy over $80 worth of healthy foods each month. Infants and children receive age appropriate food ranging from infant formula, jarred food to complete food packages. Women who are pregnant qualify throughout their pregnancy, new mothers who are breastfeeding qualify for up to one year, and new mothers who are not breastfeeding qualify for six months.
Women and children receive eWIC benefits to buy milk, cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, cereal, juice, whole grains, eggs, and peanut butter or beans. Mothers who are totally breastfeeding their babies without formula are issued tuna and salmon in addition to a larger quantity of some of the other foods.
All babies receive eWIC benefits for baby food fruits and vegetables and baby cereal. Fully breastfeeding babies receive eWIC benefits for additional baby food fruits and vegetables, baby cereal, and baby food meats. For babies who are not breastfed, WIC provides eWIC benefits for iron fortified formula.
During summer months, eligible WIC clients can receive eWIC benefits for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program. These eWIC benefits allow them to purchase up to $28 per person (maximum of $84/family) Washington grown fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized Farmers Markets.
Accessible – access us in person, by phone or online
Client Centered– you lead the discussion and let us know what you need or want to know more about
Easy – it’s quick and easy to enroll. Our experienced staff will walk you through the simple paperless process
Clients receive encouragement and instruction in breastfeeding through individual appointments and a breastfeeding class. Participants and guests can learn why breastfeeding is the best start for their baby, how to breastfeed, managing breastfeeding while going back to work or school, how to pump and store breastmilk and much more.
WIC has electric breast pumps for free manual breast pumps available for clients.
Nutrition Education Classes
Our interactive classes are varied, interesting and usually only 20 – 30 mins. They are in English and in Spanish and are always new and contemporary. It’s important for you to know how to use foods to improve your family’s health. Examples of available classes include:
• Weaning your child (from breast, bottle or sippy cup)
• Introducing Your Infant to Solid Foods
• Physical Activity for your child
• Quick Cooking
What are the health benefits WIC?
Studies show that WIC plays an important role in improving birth outcomes and containing health-care costs. WIC has a positive impact on children’s diets. WIC improves infant-feeding practices by actively promoting breastfeeding as the best method of feeding infants. WIC clients have improved rates of childhood immunizations and a regular source of health care.
- Improved infant-feeding practices
- Premature births reduced
- Fetal death rate reduced
- Low birth-weight reduced
- Long-term medical expenses reduced
- Improved dietary intake
- Improved cognitive development
- Fewer premature births
What about fathers?
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.
Washington WIC Does Not Discriminate
WIC Nutrition Program doesn’t discriminate. 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: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;