The Women, Infants and Children Program, more popularly referred to as WIC, is a nutrition program aimed to assist the health needs of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, children below the age of 5 and infants. The state of Idaho, under the administration of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, operates a successful WIC Program. They have more than 50 WIC clinics across the state.

The Idaho WIC Program helps low-income families by providing:

  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Breastfeeding information, resources and support
  • Checks to purchase nutritious supplemental foods from authorized WIC vendors
  • Assistance in finding other healthcare and community services

Idaho WIC Program Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Be a resident of Idaho
  • Be pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby under one year of age, a child less than 5 years old or an infant
  • Meet the WIC income eligibility guidelines (185% of the federal poverty level)

If you think you are eligible to apply, contact your nearest WIC clinic to schedule an appointment. You will be asked to bring the following:

  • Each person who is applying for WIC
  • Identification for you and your children (valid ID, driver’s license, birth certificate)
  • Proof of address (current utility bill, rent receipt, driver’s license)
  • Proof of income for your entire household 
  • Medical or Quest cards: Those enrolled in programs like Food Stamps, Medicaid or Cash assistance automatically becomes income-eligible for WIC.

For other concerns, please visit the Idaho WIC Program website or contact them through (208) 334-5948.