Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Updated February 2017   Fact Sheet PDF


Introduction

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The Arkansas WIC Program is managed by the Arkansas Department of Health.

 

WIC provides:

  • 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

 

Eligibility

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.

 

Income 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.

Family Size

1

2

3

4

+1

Monthly Gross Income

 

$1,832

 

$2,470

 

$3,108

 

$3,747

 

+$642

 

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
  • milk
  • cheese
  • eggs
  • whole grains
  • dried or canned beans
  • fruits and vegetables
  • juice
  • peanut butter
  • canned fist
  • if prescribed for a specific medical condition:
    • special infant formula
    • soy-based drink

 

Applying

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.

 

This fact sheet is a collaboration of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. These nonprofit organizations provide free legal assistance to eligible Arkansans who meet income, asset, and other guidelines. Legal assistance may also include advice and counsel, brief services, or full representation depending on the situation. For more information about civil legal aid in Arkansas, please visit arlegalservices.org. For information specific to Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc., visit arlegalaid.org. Apply for services online or by calling 1-800-9-LAW-AID (1-800-952-9243).
The information and statements of law in this fact sheet should not be considered legal advice. This fact sheet is provided as a broad guide to help you understand how certain legal matters are handled in general. Courts may interpret the law differently. Before you take action, talk to an attorney and follow his or her advice. Always do what the court tells you to do.
Content provided by: Center for Arkansas Legal Services

 

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