Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Updated February 2017 Fact Sheet PDF
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The Arkansas WIC Program is managed by the Arkansas Department of Health.
- supplemental foods high in nutrients during a time of critical growth and development
- nutrition education improving dietary habits and health and highlighting the links between nutrition and health
- information and support for breastfeeding
- referrals for other health services
Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum women, infants, and children under the age of five years are eligible if they are Arkansas residents and meet the following guidelines.
WIC guidelines are set at 185% of poverty and change each year. When you apply, you will have to give proof of your income. Proof can include a current check stubs, W-2 forms, a current income tax return, and proof of eligibility for Medicaid (including ARKids), Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA), or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Effective from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.
Monthly Gross Income
Nutritional Risk Guidelines
If you apply, you must be seen by a health professional. This can be a doctor, nurse, or nutritionist. They will determine if you have nutritional risk (meaning you have a medical or dietary condition). This can mean low blood levels (like anemia), being overweight, being underweight, or simply having a poor diet.
Foods Available Through WIC
- iron-fortified infant formula
- infant cereal
- infant baby food fruits and vegetables
- iron-fortified adult cereal
- whole grains
- dried or canned beans
- fruits and vegetables
- peanut butter
- canned fist
- if prescribed for a specific medical condition:
- special infant formula
- soy-based drink
You can apply for WIC in any Arkansas county. Call your local health unit or call the state office at (501) 661-2473 to make an appointment. You can also e-mail [email protected].
Bring the following to the appointment:
- ID for yourself and each child
- proof that you are an Arkansas resident
- proof of income
- any child or children you are applying for
For more information, visit healthy.arkansas.gov/wic.