Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Free Nutrition Program for Massachusetts Families

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www.mass.gov/wic

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About This Program

WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. It is a free nutrition program for Massachusetts families that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services.  WIC’s goal is to keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children under age 5 healthy. WIC is a unique program, which provides links to health and social service agencies, as well as food and nutrition services, to low to moderate income people in critical stages of growth and development.

Eligibility:

Participants must live in Massachusetts, have a household income at or below 185% federal poverty level, have at least one of the medical or dietary conditions listed in the WIC nutrition risk criteria, and be either pregnant, breastfeeding (up to one year post partum), breast feeding and using formula for their infant (0-11 months old) and have children under the age of five years old.

Guidelines: April 24, 2017 – June 30, 2018

HOUSEHOLD YEARLY MONTHLY Bi-Weekly WEEKLY
1 $22,311 $1,860 $  859 $  430
2   30,044   2,504 1,156     578
3   37,777   3,149 1,453     727
4   45,510   3,793 1,751     876
5   53,243   4,437 2,048  1,024
6   60,976   5,082 2,346  1,173
7   68,709   5,726 2,643  1,322
8   76,442   6,371 2,941  1,471
For each additional family member add… +$7,733 +$645 +$298 +$149

If you are pregnant, you should count yourself as two.

Services:

  • Nutrition education and counseling on the importance of breastfeeding, appropriate feeding for infants, good diet during pregnancy, how to make good food choices, meal planning, and purchasing healthy food on a limited budget
  • WIC card to redeem at participating grocery stores or pharmacies for the WIC approved foods which may include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, cheese, eggs, 100 % fruit juice, iron fortified cereal, peanut butter, dried beans, infant formula and baby foods and vegetables
  • Referrals to other health care and social service agencies.  WIC services are intended to supplement participant’s primary care
  • Coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables redeemable at farmers’ markets across the state
  • Good Food Project – Weekly topics on healthy eating (recipes, smart shopping, food demos and more)

Community Teamwork’s WIC Locations and Hours:

Main Office
45 Kirk Street
Lowell MA
978.454.6397
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9-5
Wednesday 11-7
Friday 8:30-4:30
Saturday 9-1 (usually the 1st & 3rd Saturday)

Lowell Community Health Center
161 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
Lowell MA
978.221.6821
Same hours as Kirk Street, except not open Saturdays

Head Start
126 Phoenix Avenue
Lowell MA
978.654.7199
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-5

WIC Day at Lowell Farmers’ Market, Lucy Larcom Park,  8/11/17 

Recipes:

Summer Squash Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

Helpful Links:

www.mass.gov/wic

The WIC Card Brochure

WIC Approved Food Guide

WIC Shopper Mobile Application

The WIC Card Training Video for WIC Participants – English

The WIC Card Training Video for WIC Participants – Spanish

 

 

Get In Touch

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) (Main Office)
45 Kirk St
Lowell, MA 01852

Head Start
126 Phoenix Avenue
Lowell MA

Lowell Community Health Center
161 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
Lowell MA


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