The supplemental nutrition program called the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is designed to serve low-income mothers and their children through nutrition education and counseling, healthy food packages and other health-related assistance. Under the administration of the Department of Health, District of Columbia has a successful WIC Program of their own.

The DC WIC Program provides:

  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Information, resources and support for breastfeeding women
  • Nutrient-rich food packages which include foods rich in calcium, iron, protein and vitamins A, C and D
  • Immunization assessment and screening
  • Referrals to other health programs and services

DC WIC Program Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the state’s WIC Program, you must:

  • Be a pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman, a child below the age of 5 and an infant
  • Be a resident of District of Columbia
  • Have a medical or nutritional risk which will be determined by a WIC professional
  • Meet the WIC income eligibility guidelines. If you participate in assistance programs like DC Healthy Families, Medicaid, Food Stamps, School Lunch Program or TANF, you automatically become income-eligible for WIC

To apply, call your nearest WIC clinic and they will assist you what documents to bring to your appointment.

The DC WIC Program offers healthy food packages as part of their program. These nutritious foods include:

  • Canned Single Strength Juice
  • Frozen Concentrated Juice
  • Shelf Stable Juice
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Soy Milk
  • Tofu
  • 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • Whole Oats
  • Brown Rice
  • Tortillas
  • Cereal
  • Dried or Canned Beans and Peas or Peanut Butter
  • Fresh, Canned, and Frozen Fruit
  • Fresh, Canned and
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Infant Formula
  • Baby Food
  • (Vegetable and Fruit)
  • Baby Food Meat
  • Infant Cereal
  • Canned Fish

For more information, visit the DC WIC Program’s website or call (202) 535-1710.