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 supplemental 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 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, 2022, to Jun 30, 2023

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, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:


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