Eligibility

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 Chart (Effective June 1, 2018)

Size of Household**
Annual
Monthly
Weekly
1
$22,459
$1,872
$432
2
$30,451
$2,538
$586
3
$38,443
$3,204
$740
4
$46,435
$3,870
$893
5
$54,427
$4,536
$1,047
6
$62,419
$5,202
$1,201
7
$70,411
$5,868
$1,355
8
$78,403
$6,534
$1,508
9
$86,395
$7,200
$1,662
10
$94,387
$7,866
$1,816
11
$102,379
$8,532
$1,969
12
$110,371
$9,189
$2,123
13
$118,363
$9,864
$2,277
14
$126,355
$10,530
$2,430
15
$134,347
$11,196
$2,584
16
$142,339
$11,862
$2,738
For each additional household member, add $7,992 in maximum annual gross income, $666 in maximum monthly gross income, and $154 in maximum weekly gross income.

Note:  A person who currently receives Medicaid, Work First, or Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps) automatically meets the income eligibility guidelines for WIC.

The table shows 185% of the Federal Poverty guidelines per the Federal Register.

A household (or economic unit) is defined as a person or group of persons, related or nonrelated, who usually (although not necessarily) live together, and whose production of income and consumption of goods or services are related. The income of everyone in the economic unit is counted to determine eligibility.