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WIC Eligibility
WIC is available to pregnant, breast feeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five. To participate one must:
  1. Be a resident of North Carolina or receive health care in North Carolina. Aliens are eligible to apply as long as they reside in the state.
  2. Have a family income less than 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. A person receiving Medicaid, Work First Families Assistance (AFDC), or Food Stamps automatically meets the income eligibility requirement. Refer to chart.
  3. Be at nutritional risk. A nutritionist or other health professional makes the nutritional risk assessment at no cost to the participant. Examples of nutritional risk conditions are listed below:
    • Underweight/overweight
    • Documented nutrition-related medical conditions
    • Inadequate dietary intake
    • Conditions that predispose a person to inadequate nutritional patterns such as lead poisoning, mental retardation, alcohol or drug abuse

WIC Certification Periods

  • Pregnant women are certified for their pregnancy and up to six weeks postpartum. 
  • Non-breast feeding postpartum women are certified until six months postpartum.
  • Breast feeding postpartum women are certified up to 12 months postpartum
  • Infants are certified up to one year
  • Children are certified every six months until five years of age.

185% of Poverty Income Guidelines

(Effective July 1, 2011) Size of Family Gross Income Per Year Month Week

  Gross Household Income
Number of Person(s)
in Household
Annual Monthly Weekly

1

$20,147

$1,679

$388

2

27,214

2,268

524

3

34,281

 2,857

660

4

41,348

3,446

796

5 48,415

4,035

932

6 55,482

4,624

1,067

7 62,549

5,213

1,203

8 69,616

5,802

1,339

Each Additional
Household Member Add: 
+$7,067

+589

+136



 


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