WIC in Vermont is administered by the Department of Health. WIC Nutrition Services are available throughout the state at our twelve Local Health Offices and smaller WIC clinic sites near you.
Pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to age 5 can enroll in WIC if their household income is less than $863 per week for a family of four, or if they are receiving Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur, SNAP or Reach-Up. Women and children must live in Vermont and meet income and nutrition guidelines to be eligible for WIC. Fathers, grandparents and foster parents may apply for children who are in their care.
Over half the new babies and 40 percent of pregnant women in Vermont access WIC for healthy food, nutrition education and breastfeeding support! Not sure you qualify? Use this simple on-line pre-screening tool to check the basic eligibility requirements. Questions? Contact WIC@Vermont.gov or toll free at 1-800-464-4343.
To be eligible for WIC, you must meet all the following requirements:
Category – The WIC Program serves certain categories of women, infants, and children. You are eligible for WIC if you or the person you are applying for is:
- A Pregnant woman (during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after the birth of an infant or the end of the pregnancy
- A Postpartum woman (up to six months after the birth of the infant or the end of the pregnancy)
- A Breastfeeding woman (up to the infant's first birthday)
- An Infant (up to the infant's first birthday)
- A Child (up to the child's fifth birthday)
Residence – You must currently live in Vermont. The WIC residency requirement does not require you to have lived in Vermont for a certain amount of time before you can apply. Examples of proof of residency include:
- Copy of current lease or rental contract
- Utility bill
- Vermont Driver’s License
Income – WIC serves families with low to medium incomes. WIC income guidelines are based on 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines (issued each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Examples of income verification include:
- Current pay statement
- Income Tax Return
- If you have Medicaid/Dr.Dynasaur, 3SquaresVT or Reach-Up, you are automatically income-eligible for WIC based on their participation requirements.
- If you do not receive income, you may complete an affidavit stating that you do not receive income.
- A WIC health professional such as a nutritionist or nurse, determines your nutritional risk at your appointment. "Nutrition risks" are medical-based or dietary-based conditions. Examples of medical-based conditions include anemia (low blood levels of iron), underweight, or history of poor pregnancy outcome. Dietary-based conditions may include consuming a diet too low in essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and key food groups.
1. Schedule an appointment.
Contact your local Health Department office and schedule an appointment for an in-person visit. You are welcome anytime! Bring any children you are applying for, identification for family members applying, and income and residency proof to your appointment.
2. Meet with WIC nutrition staff, who will:
- Review and document your income, identification and proof of residency.
- Review Program Rules, Participant Rights and Responsibilities
- Weigh and measure each family member applying for WIC. if you have current height and weight measurements completed by your primary care physician or nurse, you may bring them to your WIC appointment, or your doctor’s office may fax them to us.
- Screen for anemia. WIC screens for anemia during your pregnancy, after the birth of your baby, at your child’s 12 month and 18 month visits, and then yearly. We offer a sensory test for anemia screening (no finger stick/blood required) for ages 2 and up.
- Talk with you about your nutrition interests and goals.
- Share nutrition resources to help you reach your nutrition goals.
- Issue food benefits and provide your eWIC Card and shopping information.
- Connect you with other health and community services.
- Choose your nutrition education activity and schedule your next WIC appointment. You must participate in a nutrition education activity between appointments for tri-monthly food benefits to be added to your eWIC account.
To keep receiving WIC food benefits, you will need to connect with WIC four times a year. Your food benefits will be issued every 3 months, after completing an in-clinic certification appointment (twice a year) or a nutrition education activity (twice a year). Monthly and quarterly WIC nutrition education activities can be found through your Local Health Office.
There are three basic types of WIC Nutrition Education activities:
- Group Activities for you and/or your child
- Online Learning at WICHealth.org
- Personal Nutrition Counseling
Be sure to complete one of these WIC-approved activities between your WIC appointments. Completing an activity on schedule ensures your food benefits will be renewed.
Improving the health of young families is WIC’s mission. WIC is here for those times when you and your family need a little extra help. Kids who “graduate” from the full 5-year WIC program grow up happy, healthy and smart.
As a mom, you can receive WIC throughout your pregnancy. Once you’ve had your baby, you can get WIC for yourself until your baby turns one-year old if you’re breastfeeding; or until your baby is 6 months old if you choose to feed your baby infant formula. Children participate in WIC from birth until their fifth birthday.
WIC is the smart and easy choice for a healthy start in life - you got this Mom!
If you move from one area Vermont or to another state, you can continue to receive WIC benefits until your certification period ends. Before moving, tell your WIC office. If you are moving out of state, WIC staff will give you documentation to show details of your participation in the WIC Program. If you're moving to a new state, find the WIC office in your new community and contact them for an appointment. Be sure to tell them you were on WIC in Vermont and take the documentation with you.