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Who Is Eligible For WIC?

WIC is available to pregnant, breast feeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five. To participate, these persons must:

  • Be a resident of North Carolina or receive health care in North Carolina. Aliens are eligible to apply as long as they reside in the state.
  • Have a family income less than 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. A person receiving Medicaid, Work First Families Assistance (TANF), or Food Stamps automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.
  • Be at nutritional risk. A nutritionist or other health professional makes the nutritional risk assessment at no cost to the participant, usually at the local WIC office. Examples of nutritional risk conditions are listed below. For a complete listing, call 919/733-2973.
    • Abnormal anthropometric or hematological measurements
    • Documented nutrition-related medical conditions
    • Inadequate dietary intake
    • Conditions that predispose a person to inadequate nutritional patterns such as lead poisoning, mental retardation, alcohol or drug abuse.


WIC Certification Periods

Pregnant women are certified for their pregnancy and up to six weeks postpartum. By 6 weeks postpartum they must be recertified as a postpartum or breast feeding woman.

Non-breast feeding postpartum women are certified until six months postpartum.

Breast feeding postpartum women are certified every six months up to 12 months postpartum.

Infants are certified up to one year.

Children are certified every six months until five years of age.


WIC Income Guidelines

185% of Poverty Income Guidelines*
Effective 4/1/04 - 3/31/05

Gross Income Per

# Size of Household **

Year Month Week

































For each additional household member, add:

$5,883 $491 $114

Note: A person who currently receives Medicaid, Work First or Food Stamps automatically meets the income eligibility guidelines for WIC.

*185% of the FFY U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines per the Federal Register

** A household is defined as a group of people, related or unrelated, who live together and function as one economic unit. The income of everyone in the economic unit is counted to determine eligibility.

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