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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

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.

1128

WIC participants demonstrated increased nutrition skills

150%

Increase in calls (nutritional and formula services to Mothers and Children from 1-5) from pre-COVID times

200%

Increase in applications from pre-COVID times

100%

Of our caseload at this time

Services

ALL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED VIA PHONE OR ONLINE AT THIS TIME DURING COVID-19.
  • 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!

April 21 , 2021- June 30, 2022

Household SizeYearlyMonthlyBi-WeeklyWeekly
1$23,828$1,968$917$459
2$32,227$2,686$1,240$620
3$40,626$3,386$1,563$782
4$49,025$4,086$1,886$943
5$57,424$4,786$2,209$1,105
6$65,823$5,486$2,532$1,266
7$74,222$6,186$2,855$1,428
8$82,621$6,886$3,178$1,589
For Each Additional Family Member Add...+$8,399+$700+$324+$162

Apply Now

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.

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WIC at Head Start Center

WIC at Head Start Center
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Phone: 978.654.7199

WIC at Lowell Community Health Center

WIC at Lowell Community Health Center
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Phone: 978.221.6821

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