WIC (Women Infant Children program)

WIC (Women Infant Children program)

WIC-Women Infant Children is a federal funded program implemented by the City of Chicago Department of Public Health that provides pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, children and infants with nutrition assistance.

WIC is a special nutrition program that assists with:

  • Pregnant, breast-feeding or post-partum women
  • Infants up to one year of age
  • Children up to 5 years of age
  • Participants must both be low income and at nutritional risk


To apply for WIC benefits bring the following to a WIC Location:

  • Identity Document for Women/Caregivers and Children
  • Proof of Income
  • Proof of Address
  • Other

 To qualify for WIC, you must meet income guidelines.


Acceptable Documents for WIC:

ID for women and caregivers

ID for Children



For Pregnant Women


Current Driver’s License

Birth Certificate (Legal or Hospital)

Current check stubs (recent 30 days)

Current piece of mail (less than 60 days old)

Confirmation of Pregnancy

WIC form from Doctor

Government Issued ID

Immunization Record

Social Security Benefits

Rental agreement




Hospital ID Bracelets

Public Assistance payments/Unemployment compensation

Federal or State issued identification, that includes residence may be used with self-declaration of the applicant that the address listed is current and correct.

Tax Forms

Crib Card

Alimony or Child Support Payments

Current Department of Child & Family Services (DCFS) foster parent placement papers

Social Security Card

Social Security Card

Regular Contributions from persons not living in the household


School or Work Photo ID



Birth Certificate

Medicaid, SNAP or TANF Notice of Decision Letter, with current dates and information


Foster parents may provide written documentation from the Department of Children and Family Services

*Please refer to the back of your Yellow WIC book if you are a returning client.

 WIC Benefits:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Free breastfeeding counseling
  • Monthly checks for items such as milk, eggs, cereal, cheese, and produce
  • Infants receive infant formula and as they get older, cereal and baby food

Contact one of the WIC locations near you to get started!  Click here to view a list of WIC locations.

For more information please call the Chicago Department of Public Health 312.747.9140.

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