To be eligible for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program you must:
  • Be a pregnant woman, one who has recently had a baby or one who is breastfeeding an infant less than 12 months of age.
  • Be an infant or a child who has not reached their fifth birthday.
  • Reside in North Carolina
  • Have a health/nutrition risk factor based on: Height and weight measurements, Blood test for low iron, Health history, Diet history
  • Meet WIC Income Guidelines based on: A family income less than 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines, or Receive Medicaid, Work First Families Assistance (TANF), or assistance from the Food Assistance Program (once referred to as Food Stamps).

WIC Income Guidelines

Once the size and gross income of the economic unit (or household) have been determined and documented, staff use the poverty income guidelines included in the chart below to determine income eligibility. The guidelines are published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Income Eligibility