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.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
WIC participants demonstrated increased nutrition skills
58% of 3 month old infants are currently breastfeeding
Increase in applications from pre-COVID times
Of our caseload at this time. We are always accepting new clients! Apply today!
- 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!
Email us: LowellWIC@commteam.org
Income Guidelines May 22, 2023 – June 30, 2024
|For Each Additional Family Member Add...||+$9,509||+$793||+$366||+$183|
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.
Click here for the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
How to file a complaint: Click Here
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