About WIC


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Who can participate in WIC?

Your family must be income eligible for WIC services

Other eligibility requirements for WIC

Who can apply for the WIC Program?


Who Can Participate in WIC?

  • Women
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women who have had a baby within the past year
  • Women who have had a baby within the past six months
  • Women who have been pregnant within the past six months
  • Infants from birth to 1 year of age
  • Children from 1 year of age to their 5th birthday

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WIC Income Guidelines

NOTE: If you or a family member is currently participating in any of the following programs: Medical Assistance, MN Care, Food Stamps, MN Family Investment Program (MFIP), Fuel Assistance, Reduced or Free School Lunch, or Headstart, please see Automatic Adjunctive Income Eligibility.

WIC bases your income on your household's gross income (before taxes are taken out).

  • WIC includes people who are living together and share income and household expenses (bills, food, etc.)
  • WIC counts a pregnant woman as two family members

Table 1 (Effective as of April 1, 2014)

Number of Household Members Weekly Household Income
Monthly Household Income
Yearly Household Income
1
Up to $416
Up to $1,800
Up to $21,590
2
Up to $560
Up to $2,426
Up to $29,101
3
Up to $705
Up to $3,051
Up to $36,612
4
Up to $849
Up to $3,677
Up to $44,123
5
Up to $993
Up to $4,303
Up to $51,634
6
Up to $1,138
Up to $4,929
Up to $59,145
7
Up to $1,282
Up to $5,555
Up to $66,656
8
Up to $1,427
Up to $6,181
Up to $74,167
9
Up to $1,572
Up to $6,807
Up to $81,678
For each additional family member, add
$145
$626
$7,511

If your household doesn't meet the income guidelines listed in Table 1, but your household includes a pregnant woman, a woman who has recently had a baby, or a child up to the age of five, you may be Presumptively Income Eligible.

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Automatic Adjunct Income Eligibility

If you or a family member is currently participating in any of the following programs, you and your family are adjunctively income eligible for the WIC Program.

  • Medical Assistance
  • MN Care
  • Food Stamps
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Fuel Assistance
  • Reduced or Free School Lunch
  • Headstart

Or, if you or a family member is currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medical Assistance - TEFRA, the person receiving these benefits is income eligible for the WIC Program.

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Presumptive Income Eligibility

WIC bases your income on your household's gross income (before taxes are taken out). WIC includes people who are living together and share income and household expenses (bills, food, etc.) and counts a pregnant woman as two family members

If your family meets all of the following criteria, your family may be presumptively income eligible for the WIC Program.

  • No one in your family is receiving benefits from any of the adjunctive income eligible programs right now (MA, MN Care, MFIP, Headstart, Food Stamps, SSI, Fuel Assistance or Free or Reduced School Lunches).
  • Your household includes a pregnant woman, a woman who has recently had a baby, or a child up to the age of 5
  • You are willing to apply for a Minnesota Health Care Program
  • Your household income meets the guidelines listed in Table 2 below

Families that are found to be presumptively income eligible can receive WIC benefits for three months. After three months, proof of current eligibility, or a pending application, for a Minnesota Health Care Program must be provided to continue receiving WIC benefits.

Table 2 (Effective as of July 1, 2013)

Number of Household Members Weekly Household Income
Monthly Household Income
Yearly Household Income
1
Up to $608
Up to $2,635
Up to $31,614
2
Up to $821
Up to $3,556
Up to $42,672
3
Up to $1033
Up to $4,478
Up to $53,736
4
Up to $1,246
Up to $5,400
Up to $64,800
5
Up to $1,459
Up to $6,322
Up to $75,864
6
Up to $1,672
Up to $7,244
Up to $86,928
7
Up to $1,884
Up to $8,166
Up to $97,992
8
Up to $2,097
Up to $9,088
Up to $109,056
9
Up to $2,310
Up to $10,746
Up to $120,120
For each additional family member, add
$213
$922
$11,064

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What are the additional eligibility requirements for the WIC Program?

  • You must live in Minnesota
  • Each state provides WIC benefits to its residents
  • You will usually receive WIC services in the county where you live
  • You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to be on WIC
  • You must have a medical or nutrition need.
  • A "medical need" means that you or your child has health-based risks such as high or low weight, anemia, or a history of having low birth weight or premature babies.
  • A "nutrition need" means that you or your child may have poor eating habits, lack variety in the foods eaten daily, or are not eating enough of certain nutrients (like calcium, iron or protein).
  • Medical or nutrition needs will be assessed by a qualified health professional at your WIC appointment.

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Who can apply for the WIC Program?

  • Pregnant women
  • Mothers and fathers with an infant or child under the age of 5
  • Foster parent(s) or guardian(s) with an infant or child under age 5

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Am I Eligible for WIC?


To find the phone # of a WIC Clinic near you, select one of the following:


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Or call 1-800-WIC-4030 (1-800-942-4030)
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