Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
The WIC Nutrition Program helps pregnant women, new mothers, and children up to age 5 learn about nutrition, make healthy food choices, and improve overall health. Participants receive education on infant and child feeding, child development information and assessments, and vouchers to purchase healthy foods at grocery stores and local farmers markets that help support proper growth and development. WIC is a free program for those who qualify.
Who can apply?
- Pregnant women.
- Women who are breastfeeding a baby under one year of age.
- Women who have had a baby in the past six months.
- Children under age 5: parents, step-parents, guardians and foster parents of children under age five can apply for their children. Many working families qualify for WIC.
Do I qualify?
To be eligible for WIC, you must meet the income guidelines. Households with incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty income level are eligible. WIC determines income based on gross income of all the members of a household, related or non-related. If you are pregnant, count your unborn baby in family size.
What else should I know?
Unborn babies are counted in family size. Foster children are eligible. MA, TANF, and SNAP (Food Stamp) clients are eligible, but must provide income documentation. WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status. Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
In collaboration with the Bethlehem Health Buereau, HCLV WIC clinic is offering a breastfeeding support program. The program aims to help women by arranging for breastfeeding support and education before and after delivery. These services are provided by the Bethlehem Health Bureau, who will offer phone consultation, education, and home visitation as needed to help mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals.