How To Apply For WIC In California

To apply for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program in California, start by contacting your local county public health department or visiting the California Department of Public Health website. You can also use a mobile app like BenefitsCal to apply for benefits. You will need to provide proof of income, identity, residency, and a child’s birth certificate. You may also need to provide proof of medical expenses or other special circumstances. The application process usually takes a few weeks, but it can take longer if you need to provide additional information. Once you are approved for the program, you will receive a personalized EBT card that you can use to buy healthy foods from authorized grocery stores.

WIC Eligibility Requirements in California

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides California residents with low to moderate incomes with access to nutritional food packages, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, and referrals to health care and other services.

Income and Asset Limits

  • Income limits: Vary depending on family size and income source.
  • Asset limits: In general, families must have less than $2,500 in countable assets.

Categorical Eligibility

  • Individuals currently receiving Medi-Cal or CalFresh (SNAP).
  • Pregnant women and children under age 5 who are homeless or migrant farmworkers.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and infants up to 6 months old.
  • Children under age 5 who meet income and asset limits.
  • Must reside in California and demonstrate a nutritional risk.

Nutritional risk may be determined based on factors such as insufficient food, anemia, poor growth, or other health conditions.

Income Limits for WIC Eligibility in California (as of July 1, 2023)

Family SizeGross Monthly Income LimitGross Annual Income Limit
1$3,259$39,108
2$4,398$52,776
3$5,537$66,444
4$6,676$80,112

Online WIC Application Process

The online WIC application process in California is quick and easy. Here are a few reasons why you should apply online:

  • Convenient: Apply anytime, anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Faster Processing: Online applications are typically processed faster than paper applications.
  • Secure: The online application process is secure and your information is protected.

Steps to Apply Online:

  1. Visit the California WIC website at www.wic.ca.gov.
  2. Click on the “Apply Online” button.
  3. Create an account and provide your basic information.
  4. Complete the online application form.
  5. Submit your application and upload any required documents.

After you submit your online application, you will receive a confirmation email. You will need to follow the instructions in the email to complete your application process.

In-Person WIC Appointment Scheduling

To schedule an in-person WIC appointment in California, you can follow these steps:

  • Call the WIC office in your county. You can find the phone number by visiting the WIC website or by calling the California Department of Public Health at 1-800-833-4942.
  • Provide the WIC staff with your name, address, phone number, and the names and birthdates of your children.
  • The WIC staff will schedule an appointment for you. The appointment will usually be within a few weeks.

You can also schedule an appointment online by visiting the WIC website. However, you will need to create an account and provide some personal information in order to schedule an appointment online.

It is important to note that WIC appointments are limited. Therefore, it is important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

WIC Phone Numbers
CountyPhone Number
Alameda(510) 613-6662
Los Angeles(323) 342-6270
Orange(714) 834-2903
San Diego(619) 692-2776
San Francisco(415) 554-3834

Post-Application Follow-Up

After submitting your WIC application, you will be contacted by a WIC representative to schedule an appointment. This appointment will typically take place at a local WIC clinic and will include the following:

  • A screening to determine your eligibility for the program
  • A nutrition assessment to identify your nutritional needs
  • Issuance of WIC benefits, if approved

Approval Process

The WIC approval process typically takes several weeks. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified of the outcome in writing. If you are approved for WIC, you will receive a WIC card that can be used to purchase WIC-approved foods at authorized grocery stores.

The length of the approval process can vary depending on the following factors:

  • The number of applications being processed
  • The accuracy and completeness of your application
  • The availability of appointments at your local WIC clinic
Approval StatusTimeline
ApprovedTypically within 2-3 weeks
DeniedTypically within 1-2 weeks
ProcessingCan take several weeks

Hey there, thanks for hanging out with me while we navigated the ins and outs of applying for WIC in California. I hope this guide has given you the confidence to take the next step. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop me a line. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more helpful content coming your way. Take care, and see ya later!