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WIC Eligibility Requirements | Print |

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for:

  • Infants and children age 1-to-5 years (including foster children)
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding mothers (during the child’s first year)
  • Post-partum women (until the child is 6 months of age)

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, WIC is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

How Do I Qualify For WIC Benefits?
Generally, WIC is available to:

  • Low income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women
  • Low income parent or guardian who is the sole provider of children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level (See income guidelines PDF)

You can take the WIC Eligibility Assessment to see if you qualify or contact your local WIC office to make an appointment and find out which documents you will need to bring with you.  At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify.
This intake form (Online Intake Form) can assist you in determining your eligibility for the WIC Nutrition Program.  It is a preliminary assessment – only Fulton County WIC staff can determine if you qualify for WIC services in Fulton County.

Residency
Applicants must live in the state and local jurisdiction in which they apply for the WIC Nutrition Program.  This means our applicants must be residents of Georgia and live in Fulton County.

Income Requirement
To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have income at or below the standard set by the Georgia WIC program which must be between 100% but not more than 185% of the Federal poverty income guidelines.  Certain applicants can be determined income-eligible for WIC based on their participation in programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, formerly known as AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children).

Nutrition Risk Requirement
Applicants must be seen by a health professional such as a physician, nurse, or nutritionist who must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk. "Nutrition risk" means an individual has a medical-based condition such as anemia or a poor pregnancy outcome or dietary-based conditions such as poor eating habits.  This often can be done in the WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant, however, this information can be obtained from another health professional such as the applicant's physician.

Length of Participation
WIC is a short-term program. Therefore, a participant will "graduate" at the end of one or more certification periods.  An eligible individual usually receives WIC benefits from 6 months to a year, at which time she/he must reapply.

Moving
WIC participants who move can continue to receive WIC benefits until their certification period expires as long as there is proof the individual received WIC benefits in a previous locality or state.  WIC staff at that location will provide you with a special card to present to the WIC office in your new location.  When you arrive for you first appointment, be sure to bring that card with you. 

GEORGIA WIC PROGRAM INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

 
 

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