New Mexico has a branch of The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. It is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, and the New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division. It is a special supplemental nutrition program which aims to educate mothers, children and infants about general health through online, as well as offline classes. Counseling is also included.

Qualifications for the New Mexico WIC Program

  • A resident of New Mexico. WIC participants usually receive services in the county U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.
  • A woman who’s pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum, an infant under one year old or a child under 5 years old. Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under 5 years old can apply for their children.
  • Must meet the income guidelines. Households with incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty income level are eligible. Income is based on gross income. All members of a household, related or non-related are counted. Unborn babies are counted as household members.
  • Must be at nutritional risk. An initial health and diet screening at a WIC clinic will be received by participants to determine nutritional risk. Two main categories of nutritional risk are used by WIC: 1) medically-based risks such as history of poor pregnancy outcome, underweight status, or iron deficiency anemia, and 2) diet-based risk factors such as poor eating habits which can lead to poor nutritional and health status. Participants will receive counseling at WIC about such risks and the outcome influenced by nutrition education and nutritious foods provided by WIC.
  • Must apply in person.

 For questions, concerns and other inquiries about the New Mexico WIC Program, visit their website or call (505)476-8800.