How Much WIC Money Can I Get

The amount of WIC money you qualify for depends on your family’s income, household size, and where you live. Generally, families with incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty level are eligible for WIC. The maximum amount of WIC benefits varies from state to state, but it’s typically around $50 per month for each eligible family member. Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of 5 are eligible for WIC benefits.

Eligibility Requirements for WIC

To be eligible for WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, or a child under age 5.
  • Meet the income guidelines (see table below).
  • Live in the United States.
  • Be at nutritional risk, as determined by a health care professional.
Household SizeIncome Limit
1$27,050
2$36,200
3$45,350
4$54,500
5$63,650
6$72,800
7$81,950
8$91,100

Note: Income limits may vary depending on the state in which you live.

WIC Cash Value

The cash value of your monthly Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits is based on several factors, including your household size, income, and location. The chart below shows the maximum monthly cash value for each state and income level.

StateIncome LevelMaximum Monthly Cash Value
Alabama100% of Federal Poverty Level$50
Alaska100% of Federal Poverty Level$60
Arizona100% of Federal Poverty Level$50
Arkansas100% of Federal Poverty Level$50
California100% of Federal Poverty Level$50

Supplemental Benefits

In addition to cash benefits, you may receive supplemental benefits from your state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP benefits are electronic benefits that can be used to buy food at participating grocery stores and farmers’ markets. The amount of SNAP benefits you receive will depend on your household size, income, and location.

  • Nutritional counseling:. You will receive one-on-one nutrition counseling from a registered dietitian or nutritionist.
  • Breastfeeding support:. You will receive information and support on breastfeeding from a trained peer counselor.
  • Referrals to other health and social services:. You will be referred to other health and social services if you need them.

    Income Limits and WIC Benefits

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk.

    To be eligible for WIC, applicants must meet certain income guidelines. The income limits are based on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and vary by state. The following table shows the income limits for WIC in each state:

    StateIncome Limit
    Alabama185% of the FPL
    Alaska200% of the FPL
    Arizona185% of the FPL
    Arkansas185% of the FPL
    California200% of the FPL
    Colorado185% of the FPL
    Connecticut185% of the FPL
    Delaware185% of the FPL
    District of Columbia185% of the FPL
    Florida185% of the FPL
    Georgia185% of the FPL
    Hawaii200% of the FPL
    Idaho185% of the FPL
    Illinois185% of the FPL
    Indiana185% of the FPL
    Iowa185% of the FPL
    Kansas185% of the FPL
    Kentucky185% of the FPL
    Louisiana185% of the FPL
    Maine185% of the FPL
    Maryland185% of the FPL
    Massachusetts185% of the FPL
    Michigan185% of the FPL
    Minnesota185% of the FPL
    Mississippi185% of the FPL
    Missouri185% of the FPL
    Montana185% of the FPL
    Nebraska185% of the FPL
    Nevada185% of the FPL
    New Hampshire185% of the FPL
    New Jersey185% of the FPL
    New Mexico185% of the FPL
    New York185% of the FPL
    North Carolina185% of the FPL
    North Dakota185% of the FPL
    Ohio185% of the FPL
    Oklahoma185% of the FPL
    Oregon185% of the FPL
    Pennsylvania185% of the FPL
    Puerto Rico185% of the FPL
    Rhode Island185% of the FPL
    South Carolina

    How Much WIC Money Can I Get?

    The amount of WIC money you can get depends on your family size, income, and where you live. The federal government sets the minimum amount of funding for WIC, but states and localities can add to that amount.

    The following table shows the minimum monthly WIC food benefits for different family sizes:

    Family SizeMonthly Benefit
    1$49
    2$68
    3$87
    4$106
    5$125
    6$144

    In addition to food benefits, WIC also provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other health and social services.

    Regional Variations in WIC Funding

    The amount of WIC funding available to families can vary significantly from state to state and locality to locality. The following are some of the factors that can affect WIC funding levels:

    • The cost of living in the area
    • The number of WIC participants in the area
    • The state and local government’s commitment to WIC

    As a result of these factors, the amount of WIC money you can get can vary significantly from the minimum monthly benefits listed in the table above.

    To find out how much WIC money you can get in your area, you can contact your local WIC agency.

    Thanks for checking out this article! I hope it’s been informative and helpful. Remember, the amount of WIC money you can receive depends on your family’s size and income. If you have any further questions or want to learn more about WIC, feel free to check out our other articles or visit the USDA website. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!