What To Bring For WIC Appointment

When looking for WIC, several things should be considered. First, WIC is a federally funded program, so it must be administered by a state or local agency. Second, WIC must provide food, and this food must be nutritious and meet certain requirements. WIC cannot just offer junk food or food without nutritional value. WIC also must offer services, such as counseling and education, to help women and children make healthy eating, shopping, and cooking and parenting decisions.

Required Identification and Documents for WIC Appointment

Before attending your WIC appointment, ensure you have the necessary identification and documents to verify your eligibility and complete the application process. Here’s a comprehensive list of the required documentation:

  • Proof of Identity: Government-issued identification card (e.g., driver’s license, passport, state ID)
  • Proof of Residence: Utility bill, lease agreement, or mortgage statement
  • Proof of Income: Recent pay stubs, tax returns, or financial statements
  • Medical Records: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, bring your prenatal or postpartum medical records
  • Child’s Medical Records: If you are bringing your child to the appointment, provide their immunization record and any relevant medical records

Here’s a table summarizing the required documents for various categories:

CategoryRequired Documents
Pregnant Women
  • Proof of pregnancy
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of income
Breastfeeding Women
  • Proof of breastfeeding
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of income
Infants and Children
  • Proof of child’s age
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of income
  • Child’s medical records

Information About Diet and Health

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a federal nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, and to infants and children under the age of five who are at nutritional risk.

  • WIC provides a variety of healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, and lean protein.
  • WIC also provides nutrition education and breastfeeding support to help participants make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
  • WIC is a valuable resource for families who are struggling to make ends meet and who want to improve their health and well-being.
WIC Food PackageFoods Provided
InfantFormula, baby food, cereal, fruits, vegetables, and juice
Children (1-5 years)Milk, cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein
Pregnant WomenFruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, yogurt, whole grains, and lean protein
Postpartum WomenFruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, yogurt, whole grains, and lean protein
Breastfeeding WomenFruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, yogurt, whole grains, and lean protein

Child or Children’s Health Records

Bringing your child’s health records to your WIC appointment is essential for the healthcare provider to assess your child’s overall health and nutritional status.

  • Required Records:
    • Proof of child’s age (e.g., birth certificate or passport)
    • Immunization records
    • Growth chart
    • Any medical records relevant to the child’s health, such as hospital discharge summaries or specialist reports
  • Recommended Records:
    • Feeding history, including breastfeeding or formula-feeding information
    • Any food allergies or sensitivities

By providing complete and up-to-date health records, you help the WIC healthcare provider make informed decisions regarding your child’s nutritional needs and provide the most appropriate support and guidance.

Proof of Address

To prove your address for your WIC appointment, you will need to bring an original or a copy of one of the following documents:

  • Utility bill (gas, electric, water, or sewage)
  • Rent receipt
  • Mortgage statement
  • Lease agreement
  • Current driver’s license with a photo
  • Voter registration card
  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Official school records for your child
  • Proof of address from a homeless shelter, domestic violence shelter, or other social service agency


To determine your income eligibility for WIC, you will need to provide proof of your income. This can include:

  • Pay stubs from your job
  • A letter from your employer stating your income
  • Your most recent tax return
  • Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) award letter
  • Unemployment or workers’ compensation benefits award letter
Income EligibilityGross Monthly Income Limit
Pregnant women185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
Breastfeeding women185% of the FPL
Children under age 5185% of the FPL
Children ages 5-12 (Hawaii only)185% of the FPL

Well, there you have it! Remember, these are just suggestions, and your WIC office may have additional or different requirements. Call them beforehand if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check back later for more tips and updates on WIC and other related topics. Take care, and stay healthy!