WIC (Women, Infants & Children)
WIC is a federal funded nutrition program administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services and implemented by the City of Chicago Department of Public Health. It is a premiere nutrition education program that provides nutrition counseling and supplemental food to pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, their infants and children.
Who is WIC for?
Qualified participants include three categories of women and children who are low-income and at nutritional risk:
PREGNANT, BREAST-FEEDING OR POST-PARTUM WOMEN
INFANTS UP TO ONE YEAR OF AGE
CHILDREN UP TO 5 YEARS OF AGE
What Does WIC Provide?
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING WITH REGISTERED DIETITIANS AND CERTIFIED LACTATION SPECIALISTS
ONGOING SUPPORT AND FOLLOW-UP AT LEAST EVERY THREE MONTHS
AN INTERACTIVE ONLINE NUTRITION EDUCATION PLATFORM
IDEAS FOR HEALTHY RECIPES AND SIMPLE COOKING TECHNIQUES
NUTRIENT-RICH SUPPLEMENTAL FOODS
RESOURCES FOR OTHER BREASTFEEDING, PRENATAL AND PARENTING CLASSES
INFANT FORMULA AND BABY FOODS
How Do I Apply?
1. Contact the WIC location nearest to you by using our Resource Finder.
2. Check the WIC income guidelines to make sure you qualify.
3. Bring the following documents to your local WIC location:
- ID for women/caregivers and children (see below)
- Proof of income (see below)
- Proof of address (see below)
- If you are pregnant: Confirmation of pregnancy from your healthcare provider
NOTE: If you’re a returning client, please refer to the back of your Yellow WIC book.
TIP FOR PARENTS
Cool teething rings can help soothe your baby’s sore, swollen gums, and children’s pain medication can also help.
Acceptable Documents for WIC
ID FOR WOMEN AND CAREGIVERS
Current Driver’s License
Government Issued ID
Social Security Card
School or Work Photo ID
ID FOR CHILDREN
Birth Certificate (Legal or Hospital)
Hospital ID Bracelets
Social Security Card
Current check stubs (recent 30 days)
Social Security Benefits
Public Assistance payments / Unemployment compensation
Alimony or Child Support Payments
Regular Contributions from persons not living in the household
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
Current piece of mail (less than 60 days old)
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
Current Department of Child & Family Services (DCFS) foster parent placement papers
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