The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a federally-funded health and nutrition program that caters to pregnant women, new mothers, children below the age of 5 and infants. Under the administration of the California Department of Public Health, the state of California has their own WIC Program with over 1.45 million participants each month and more than 650 WIC sites all throughout the state.

The California WIC Program provides:

  • Information about general health and nutrition
  • Information, support and encouragement for breastfeeding women
  • Checks to buy healthy foods at WIC-authorized vendors
  • Referrals to health care and other community programs and services

California WIC Program Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the state’s WIC Program, you must be a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman, a child under the age of 5 (including foster children) and an infant that:

  • Resides in California
  • Has a nutritional risk 
  • Meets the WIC income eligibility guidelines (at or below 185% of federal poverty level)

To be sure if you qualify for the California WIC Program, you can take the WIC Eligibility Assessment or make an appointment with your local WIC clinic.

The California WIC program also offers healthy food packages including a variety of nutritious food such as fresh fruits and vegetables, juice, milk, whole grains, infant foods and healthy canned goods. They have renewed their contract with Mead Johnson and Company to provide their infant formula.

For more inquiries and concerns about the California WIC Program, visit their website or call them at (916) 928-8806.