Myths and facts about WIC

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Myths and facts about WIC

The goal of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is to make sure that all children in the U.S. have the chance to get the nutrients they need for the healthiest possible start in life.

We’re not really struggling so my family won’t qualify for WIC

Maybe! You might be surprised, though - guidelines about who qualifies for WIC vary somewhat from state to state, but in 2014, almost 62% of infants in the U.S. qualified for WIC, and each state can set their family income cut-off for the WIC program anywhere between 100 and 185% of the federal poverty guidelines, which means that many families qualify for WIC who have too high of an income to qualify for other assistance programs.

I’m not a biological mother, so my family won’t qualify for WIC

Any young child, no matter which parent or guardian they live with, may be eligible to get WIC benefits for nutrition.

I’m pregnant, but I don’t have a child yet so I won’t be eligible

Pregnant moms-to-be are all eligible to be considered for the program, and any pregnant mom-to-be who meets other WIC guidelines will be covered by WIC assistance.

To see if you or your family might be eligible for WIC benefits, tap the button below to visit their website.

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