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WIC - Women, Infants, & Children

What is WIC?

WIC is a federally funded program designed to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age 5. The program first began in 1972 with a successful pilot that led to the first WIC site which opened in Kentucky in January 1974. Since its inception, WIC has become a vital resource for improving and protecting the health and lives of those at risk for poor nutrition. 

Overall the program focuses on improving the health of participants through access to specific supplmental foods. Today, the program includes:  

  • Nutrition and breastfeeding education and support
  • Funds to supplement diets with nutritious foods
  • Referrals to health care for low and moderate-income women and children

As part of the program, each WIC participant receives monthly benefits for specific foods that are designed to supplement their diets. 

View a list of the WIC approved foods for Kentucky:

Who is eligible for WIC?

The criteria to be eligible to receive WIC benefits include: women, infants or children at or below 185% of the federal poverty level with a medical or dietary nutritional risk. The risk is determined by an assessment conducted by Three Rivers District Health Department.  

If you are receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps, or KTAP benefits you will automatically meet the income requirement for WIC.

Income eligibility guidelines July 1, 2021 to Jun 30, 2022

Visit the pre-screening tool to see if you may be eligible to receive WIC benefits: 

  • Pregnant (during and up to 6 weeks after the birth of an infant or the end of the pregnancy)
  • Post-partum (up to six months after the birth of the infant or the end of the pregnancy)
  • Breastfeeding (up to the infant’s first birthday)
  • Up to the first birthday
  • Up to the fifth birthday

How can I apply for WIC?

Applying for WIC is simple. Contact your local health center to schedule an appointment for assessment and enrollment.

What do I need to bring with me?

Proof of:

  • Identity
  • Residence
  • Income OR proof of enrollment in Medicaid, Food Stamps, or KTAP benefits

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.


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