WIC Program

What is WIC?

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program that helps families by providing nutrition education, healthy supplemental foods, and making referrals to healthcare and community services.

Who qualifies for DC WIC?

You may qualify for WIC if you:

  • Are pregnant, breastfeeding, or gave birth within the last 6 months;
  • Have an infant or a child under the age of 5;
  • Live in DC;
  • Meet income guidelines for your family as listed below, OR are participating in Medicaid, DC Healthy Families, School Lunch Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or the Food Stamp Program (SNAP); and
  • Have a nutritional or medical risk (as determined by the WIC nutritionist or other health professional).

You do not have to show proof of U.S. citizenship to receive WIC.

 

The FY20 Income Eligibility Guidelines for WIC are set at 185% of the federal poverty line (Effective July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). Click here to view guidelines..

You may be automatically eligible based on your enrollment in another public assistance program, such as Medicaid. WIC staff can help determine your eligibility. You can also click here to check your eligibility with the WIC prescreening tool.

WIC Benefits

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Food Package

WIC provides food vouchers that can be redeemed in many grocery stores around DC. These foods include milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, whole grains, beans, peanut butter, fruits and vegetables, and more! Please see the DC WIC website for the full food list.

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Breastfeeding Support

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors provide pregnant women and new mothers with education and assistance with common breastfeeding concerns. The Peer Counselors can refer you to a lactation consultant if you need extra assistance. WIC has breastfeeding education classes called the Beautiful Beginnings Club. Please contact your Unity WIC office for dates and times of these classes. A class schedule for all of DC can be found here. WIC also offers a free membership to Pacify, an app that lets mothers contact lactation consultants for on-demand, 24/7 video chats. Ask your WIC staff about signing up for Pacify.

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Nutrition Education

WIC has Nutritionists and Registered Dietitians who provide free counseling and education on any nutritional concerns that you and your family may have. WIC Nutritionists help with infant and child feeding concerns such as transitioning to solid foods and picky eating. WIC Registered Dietitians can help you and your family with any advanced nutritional concerns that you may have.

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Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program

Women and children over the age of 6 months who are on WIC receive farmer’s market vouchers once a year (between June and October) to purchase local fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Please click here for more information about the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program.

Locations

To make an appointment, please call your preferred WIC clinic location:

Anacostia

3rd Floor

1500 Galen St SE

Washington, DC 20020

202-610-5491 or 5492

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:45pm

East of the River

1st Floor

4414 Benning Rd NE

Washington, DC 20019

202-388-7752

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:45pm

Parkside

2nd Floor

765 Kenilworth Ter. NE

Washington, DC 20019

202-388-8177

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:45pm

Upper Cardozo

3rd Floor

3020 14th St NW

Washington, DC 20009

202-299-1554

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5pm

Select Saturday mornings by appointment only.

 

What to bring to your WIC appointment:

  • Proof of DC residency
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of pregnancy (i.e., letter from your doctor)
  • Proof of identity (i.e., picture ID, driver's license)
  • Baby or child & his/her birth certificate or hospital discharge papers
  • Prescription for special formula or supplement, if applicable

You do not have to show proof of U.S. citizenship to receive WIC.

More Information:

  • If you need a referral or a prescription from your physician for a specific formula, please use this form.
  • To see what formulas WIC provides, click here.
  • See www.dcwic.org for additional information about the WIC program in DC.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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