Welcome to the State of California 

About WIC and How to Apply

What is WIC and Who Can It Help?

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for:

  • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or just had a baby
  • Children under 5 years old (including foster children)
  • Families with low to medium income (working families may qualify)

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, WIC is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. 

What can you get at WIC?

  • Special checks to buy healthy foods from WIC-authorized vendors – milk, eggs, bread, cereal, juice, peanut butter, and much more (see Authorized Foods)
  • Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy
  • Support and information about breastfeeding your baby
  • Help in finding health care and other community services

Where can I find WIC? 

WIC has local offices all over California. Call 1-888-WIC-WORKS (1-888-942-9675) or use our online search feature (opens a new browser window). Outside California please call (1-916-928-8500).

Do I qualify?

Generally, WIC is available to:

  • low income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women
  • low income parent or guardian who is the sole provider of children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level (See income guidelines (PDF)Opens a new browser window)
You can take the WIC Eligibility Assessment to see if you qualify* or contact your local WIC office to make an appointment and find out which documents you will need to bring with you. (To find your local WIC clinic use our online search feature - opens a new browser window)  At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify.
        Take the WIC ELIGIBILITY ASSESSMENT to see if you may qualify*

* This online tool is only a preliminary assessment – only Local WIC Agency staff can determine if you qualify for WIC services.

Last modified on: 10/3/2016 3:19 PM