WIC is a program that provides supplemental foods for the low-income breastfeeding or expectant women, and your preschool children (not older than 5 years). You can reserve your application for this program in any of the state agencies countrywide and have access to supplemental foods, and nutrition education. If you do qualify to be a participant of this program, the United States government will issue you with monthly checks or vouchers to purchase supplemental foods.
The only way to be a participant of the WIC program is for you to meet the requirements that are set by the State agencies which handle the administration of the services provided by the program. One of these requirements is for you to be a current resident of the state to which you are applying for the program. For example, if you live in the state of Ohio, you cannot enroll for the program in the state of Pennsylvania.
Another of the requirements expects you to be a low-income applicant. The state agencies make their estimations on the basis of the United States Poverty Income Guidelines. The last requirement requires your health to be assessed by a health professional to determine whether you are at a health or nutritional risk. Pregnancy complications are examples of health risks while a poor diet cycle is an example of a nutritional risk.
If the State agencies consider you to be qualified, here are some of the services that you can have access to:
You can access the services of WIC from the public housing sites, schools, hospitals, community centers, mobile clinics, the migrant health camps, and from the county health departments. To be an applicant of this program, you will have to contact your state agency to reserve an appointment.
The program does all it can to help the low-income women, infants and children. However, some of the responsibility rests with you as a participant of the program. Some of these responsibilities are: