Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Free Nutrition Program for Massachusetts Families
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.
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.
- 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 every summer!
- Good Food Project – Monthly topics on healthy eating, cooking demos, and more!
If you are pregnant, you should count yourself as two.
To apply you can go online https://www.mass.gov/forms/apply-for-wic-online to start the application process. A staff member will contact you by phone or email to complete the application. You may also call us directly at 978-454-6397 to set up an appointment. You will need to provide the following documentation by text or email:
- proof of identity (driver’s license, birth certificate, Mass Health card, work ID or school ID)
- proof of Massachusetts residency (utility bill, ID card or mail addressed to you)
- proof of income (paystub within 30 days, unemployment, proof of participation in SNAP, TAFDC or MassHealth)
Once approved, your nutritionist will call you to discuss your or your child’s health, provide nutrition and breastfeeding education as well as referrals and resources, and assign a food benefit package. You may need to provide proof of pregnancy, current labs, immunization records, as well as recent heights and weights by text or email to your nutritionist. A third staff member will call you to issue you a WIC card and schedule you a time to pick it up or have it mailed to you.
Community Teamwork’s WIC Locations and Hours during COVID-19:
ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE BY PHONE OR ONLINE. OFFICES CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Email us: LowellWIC@commteam.org
45 Kirk Street
Monday through Friday 9-5pm
Lowell Community Health Center
161 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
Same hours as Kirk Street
126 Phoenix Avenue
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-5
Helpful Information for WIC Participants!
WIC Approved Food Guide (Spanish)
WIC Approved Food Guide (Portuguese)
Breastfeeding Support Corner
MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH!
Here are some helpful ways to celebrate from our Nutritionists!
GOOD FOOD PROJECT COOKING DEMOS
Watch and learn as our WIC Nutritionists cook Delicious, Nutritious Dishes on a Budget using WIC foods!
Free samples provided!
IN-PERSON DEMOS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
For now, please watch our recorded demos and read our recipes below!!
Recipes we love!
Lentil and Ham Stuffed Peppers (video)
Oatmeal 3 Ways (video)
Broccoli Pesto Pasta (video)
Tasty Tortilla Pizzas (video)
Harvest Butternut Squash Soup (video)
Use one box of brown rice to create 3 different meals.