What about fathers?

Are services free?

What if I'm a foster parent?

What if I’m a teen? Do I qualify if I live with my Mom or Dad?

What if I am a grandparent?

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

How often do I have to come to WIC?

How do I get the food? What foods will I receive? When do I get them?

How long can I get WIC?

Why doesn't WIC provide other formulas like Carnation? It is cheaper.

My baby needs more formula than I get from WIC each month. What can I do?

I am breastfeeding my baby and I don’t need formula. Can I still receive WIC?

I heard you have breast pumps. Can you give me one?

I am breastfeeding, but my baby still needs supplemental formula. Can I get it and still be on WIC too?

What about fathers?

Fathers of children under age five 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 education classes, and redeem food vouchers for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.  

Are services free?

Yes.  WIC services are free to those who are eligible for the program.  For WIC income guidelines Click Here.

What if I'm a foster parent?

You can apply on behalf of your foster child if he or she is under five years of age. Income is based on the amount of income you receive for the foster child. He or she counts as a family of one in those cases where the Welfare agency is legally responsible for the child. You must furnish a copy of the Foster Agreement at the time of enrollment and subsequent recertification.  

What if I’m a teen? Do I qualify if I live with my Mom or Dad?

In most cases, if you are a teen, you must count all of the income of your household when determining if you are eligible for WIC. Please call your local WIC office at (916) 326-5830 to find out if you are income eligible.For WIC Income Guidelines Click Here.

What if I am a grandparent?

If you are a grandparent who has custody of grandchildren under age 5, you may apply on their behalf. If you do not have custody, you may accompany your grandchildren and their parent to the WIC appointment and you may become an alternate. An alternate is a person who acts on behalf of the WIC parent/caretaker to come to WIC to pick up vouchers and/or to go to the food store to redeem them.  

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

     1) Bring documentation of your household's income. Bring documents for everybody in your household who works or has a source of income. Examples of documentation are: Paycheck stub, recent tax return (if you’re self-employed), letter from your employer. Applicants and certain family members who receive MediCal, TANF, or Food Stamps automatically meet income eligibility by bringing proof of their participation in one of these programs and do not have to bring other income documents. 
2) Bring documentation of where you live such as a utility bill, rent receipt, or any mail with your name on it and dated within the past 60 days.

     3) Bring a photo ID

     4) Bring any children who are applying for WIC services.  All applicants, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, must be present in order to be enrolled onto the WIC program.

     5) Medical information will be required for each household member applying for WIC services.  Please contact us to find out what kind of medical information will be required at your first appointment.

     6) Bring immunization records for all children until 2 years of age.  

How often do I have to come to WIC?

Most people come to the WIC center either once each month, once each two months or one time each three months. This depends on both your needs and your WIC center schedule.

How do I get the food? What foods will I receive? When do I get them?

Food vouchers are issued for each eligible participant. A family with more than one family member participating in WIC will have more than one set of food vouchers. Both fathers and mothers can receive and spend the vouchers for their children. These vouchers are taken to a participating WIC grocery store and are made out for specific WIC foods. Some of the foods provided by the California WIC Program include milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, peanut butter, beans, and juice. Food vouchers can be used on the “first day to use” through the “last day to use” date.   

How long can I get WIC?

Once certified:

Pregnant women can stay on WIC until 6 weeks postpartum; at which time their nutrition and health needs and household income are reviewed to see if she still meets WIC guidelines.

Breast-feeding mothers can stay on WIC until their baby’s first birthday. A breastfeeding mother’s nutrition and health needs and household income are reviewed 6 months from enrollment to see if she still meets WIC guidelines.

Mothers who are not breastfeeding may be eligible for WIC until their babies are 6 months old.

Infants and children can stay on WIC until they turn 5 years old.  Their nutrition and health needs and household income are reviewed every 12 months to see if he/she still meets WIC guidelines.

Why doesn't WIC provide other formulas like Carnation? It is cheaper.

WIC has a contract to provide certain approved formulas, which saves a lot of money.  The formula company gives us larger rebates on these formulas. This rebate money makes it possible for many more infants to be on the California WIC Program.  Non-contract formulas like Carnation and Similac cost the California WIC Program five to six times more than our contract formulas. It is important to note that infant formulas are carefully formulated to be safe and nutritionally appropriate for infants no matter what the brand.

My baby needs more formula than I get from WIC each month. What can I do?

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program, and the amount of formula and other WIC foods you get each month is limited. You will need to buy additional formula. If this is a problem, tell the WIC staff. They may be able to refer you to a Food Closet or other source for more formula. If you baby is on a special formula, MediCal may be able to pay for it.  

I am breastfeeding my baby and I don’t need formula. Can I still receive WIC?

Yes, WIC supports breastfeeding.  In fact, breastfeeding women can stay on the program for six months longer than a non-breastfeeding woman and they receive additional milk, juice, beans, carrots, and canned tuna.  

 

I heard you have breast pumps. Can you give me one?

Yes, WIC offices have a limited number of manual and electric pumps available for loan. Talk with your WIC staff about your breastfeeding concerns. The number of available pumps is limited and they must be distributed to the highest risk infants first.  

I am breastfeeding, but my baby still needs supplemental formula. Can I get it and still be on WIC too?

Yes. WIC can issue vouchers for your baby to get some formula, and you can still get vouchers for WIC foods. You will not be eligible to receive the additional carrots and canned tuna that exclusively breastfeeding women do.  

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