3. Who is eligible for WIC? WIC
is for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or recently had a baby. It is
also for infants and children under age 5. Those who fall into these qualifying
groups are eligible for WIC if they meet the WIC income guidelines or are
enrolled in a program that qualifies under Adjunct Income Eligibility.
4. What is Adjunct Income Eligibility? If
you or a family member is currently participating in any of the following
programs, you and your family may be income eligible for the WIC Program
without providing additional proof of income: Montana Healthy Kids Plus,
Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF, Food Distribution on Indian Reservations
(FDPIR), Reduced or Free School Meal Program, or enrolled Tribal member living
on their reservation.
5. What is Presumptive Income Eligibility? Sometimes
you or a family member may be found presumptively eligible for one of the
programs listed in question 4. Families
that are found to be presumptively income eligible for one of these programs can
receive WIC benefits for one month. After one month, proof of current
eligibility for one of these programs or documentation of current income must
be provided to continue receiving WIC benefits.
6. Can I apply to WIC directly without being enrolled in another program? Yes.
Many people applying for WIC are not currently participating in any other
7. Are there any other eligibility requirements? To
be eligible for WIC you must live in Montana or work, shop or receive medical
services in Montana.
8. Who can apply for the WIC Program? Pregnant
women, mothers and fathers with an infant or child under the age of 5 and
foster parent(s)/guardian(s) with an infant or child under the age of 5 can
apply for the children. Postpartum women who are breastfeeding can apply until
their infants turn one year old. Postpartum women who are not breastfeeding can
apply until their infants are 6 months old.
Only those family members in the qualifying groups (see question #3) will
receive the benefits.
9. How do I apply for WIC? There
is no application to complete for the WIC program. You must schedule a
Certification Appointment with your local WIC agency to see if you and other
qualifying family members are eligible to receive WIC benefits. You must come
in person and bring all family members applying for WIC to the appointment. To
find your local WIC agency, call 1-800-433-4298.
10. What happens at my WIC certification appointment? During
your appointment, you and/or your child will have a nutrition screening
including a measurement of weight, height, and hemoglobin (a quick finger
stick). You will talk with a WIC staff person about good nutrition and healthy
eating, breastfeeding and any special nutrition and health concerns your family
might have. When you are found eligible for WIC, you will receive WIC benefits
to purchase healthy foods for you and/or your child. You will also make another
appointment to come back in 1-3 months for nutrition education based on the
nutrition screening and to pick up more benefits.
11. What do I need to bring to the WIC Certification Appointment? You
will need to bring identification (such as a driver’s license, passport, birth
certificate, green card, social security card, Tribal ID, or social services
card) , proof of address (such as a utility
bill, rent receipt, mortgage statement or landlord statement), the person(s)
you want approved to receive WIC benefits and their proof of ID, and proof of income (such as pay stubs, tax
forms or unemployment checks) or proof of enrollment in an Adjunct Income
Eligibility program (see question #4).
12. Do I need to renew my WIC eligibility? Yes.
You will need to be recertified about every six months. You will need to attend
appointments at your WIC clinic as required for nutrition education and to
receive additional benefits for food. During these sessions, you can discuss
any nutrition or health concerns you have and receive information and
referrals. At some of these appointments, you will be asked to bring in information
(see question #11) and have a health screening to continue your WIC
13. How long can I receive WIC benefits? Providing
you continue to meet the income eligibility guidelines and attend your scheduled
WIC appointments, pregnant women can receive WIC benefits for up to six months
after the birth of their baby or up to a year if they are breastfeeding.
Children can remain on the program until their fifth birthday.
14. What foods can I purchase with my WIC benefits? Each
benefit tells what food can be purchased. WIC allows you to purchase fresh
fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereals, eggs, peanut butter, beans, milk,
cheese, juice, soy beverage, infant foods and infant formula. Participants in the WIC program can use WIC coupons at participating Food Markets as well as grocery stores that participate. Food choices and
amounts will vary depending on whether there is a pregnant woman, a
breastfeeding woman, an infant or a child 1 to 5 in the household.
15. How do I use my WIC benefits? You
can only use your benefits at a WIC-authorized store or you can use your fruit
and vegetable benefit with a WIC-authorized farmer. Each benefit is good for a specific time
period. Make sure to use your benefit between the first and last day listed on
the benefit. Each benefit is only good
for the foods listed on it. Be sure the foods you select match the
size/quantity and description of the foods listed on your benefit such as 2
gallons of skim or 2% milk, 1 dozen large white eggs or 36 ounces WIC breakfast
16. What information about citizenship status is needed? WIC
does not require information about your citizenship status. If you are an
immigrant, using WIC services will not affect your ability to become a U.S.