WIC 101 – How to Apply

How to Qualify

Participants must be in one of the following categories:

  • Pregnant woman
  • Breastfeeding mother (until infant is 1 year)
  • Mother who are not breastfeeding (until infant is 6 months)
  • Woman up to 6 months after a pregnancy loss
  • Infant and child under 5 years of age

Your family income must be at or below 185% of the current federal poverty guidelines. To see if you qualify, please visit our mobile-friendly website at https://myfamily.wic.ca.gov/Home/AmIEligible#step1 and text us after if you do qualify at (888) 416-9426 to receive additional screening assessment for eligibility.”

Fathers, grandparents, foster parents, and other caregivers can apply and receive benefits for eligible children in their care.

WIC Foods and Services

WIC provides you with an electronic benefit WIC Card to use at the store for nutritious foods, including

  • Whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat bread, corn or whole wheat tortillas, bulgur, oats, or barley)
  • Your choice of fruits and vegetables
  • Dry or canned beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Milk (lactose-free available)
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • 100% Juice
  • Infant foods
  • Soymilk and tofu (optional)
  • Canned fish (breastfeeding women only)

How to Apply

Text us at (888) 416-4926 or call (626) 744-6520 to make an appointment. Prior to your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and/or your family qualifies for WIC. If eligible, the person(s) who is/are applying—such as the mother and/or child—all must be present at enrollment. Please bring the following documents to the appointment:

  • Proof of gross income – such as a paycheck stub, Medi-Cal card, tax return
  • Proof of address – such as current mail, utility bill, rent receipt, online bills
  • Identification – such as driver license, passport, birth certificate
  • Proof of pregnancy (if applicable)- such as ultrasound, MD letter

Request for an Appointment

Please text us at (888) 416-4926 with your first and last name and the best time to reach you.

*Due to critical staffing shortage, inquiries may take up to 5 business days for responses and phone wait time may be longer than usual. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Your WIC Journey

During pregnancy and the first few months of your baby’s life, most of your WIC appointments will be once a month. After that, you may receive 2-3 months of benefits at a time.

Some appointments will be for individual nutrition counseling and certification (renewal of eligibility), and some will be interactive group sessions to help keep your family healthy.

When your baby is born, and once every year until the child is 5 years old, you will need to bring your child and necessary documents for re-certification.

WIC Mobile App

The WIC Mobile App provides enrolled families with an easy way to access their WIC benefits and services from their smartphone. The app gives families access to their food benefit balance, upcoming appointments, WIC store locator, and WIC Food Scanner to use in stores.

Once you have received your WIC card, download the CA WIC App for iPhone or Android and create an account.

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