WIC – Women, Infants, and Children Program

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WIC is a federal grant program administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (www.fns.usda.gov/wic/) and at the state level by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health (https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/WIC/WIC)

(WIC is not an entitlement program. Congress does not set aside funds to allow every eligible individual to participate in the program. It is a grant program for which Congress authorizes a specific level of funding each year.)

Program Description:
WIC provides specific nutritious foods, nutrition education, health care referrals to eligible pregnant women, postpartum women up to six months regardless of how pregnancy ends, breastfeeding women up to one year after delivery, (non-breastfeeding postpartum women – up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends), and infants and children up to their fifth birthday. WIC participants receive an eWIC card for the purchase of infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans/peas, canned fish, soy-based beverages, tofu, fruits and vegetables, baby foods, whole wheat bread, and other whole-grain products. Foods covered may depend upon the nutritional needs of the individual.

As of April 2024, the United States Department of Agriculture has expanded the offerings available through the WIC program. Included under the new guidelines are a wider selection of grains, such as quinoa, a variety of dairy products, such as plant-based yogurt, and greater flexibility in access to infant formula. For more details, visit the USDA website.

Recipients are re-certified every six months to determine if medical or nutritional risk exists. Recipients receiving WIC benefits in Connecticut must be state residents, but U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency status is not required.


For on more information regarding WIC and/or SNAP – Benefit Comparison and Eligibility, visit the eLibrary paper here: https://uwc.211ct.org/wic-and-or-snap-benefit-comparison-and-eligibility/

Other WIC Information:

Benefits of eWIC:

How to Apply:
Contact your local WIC office; (Note: There is no direct service at the Connecticut Department of Public Health) – How To Apply (ct.gov)

To Find Providers in Connecticut’s Community Resources Database:
Search by service name: WIC

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Agriculture website; Connecticut Department of Public Health website