The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Immigrant Women and Their Children

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children is available to all who meet the criteria regardless of immigration status.

The objective of WIC is to take care of the health of women and their children up to 5 years of age, providing nutritious food to complete your diets, as well as information on a balanced and healthy diet.

WIC is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), which provides federal support to states to offer complementary feeding, nutrition education, and other services to low-income, pregnant and lactating women. , postpartum or with children 5 years or younger at nutritional risk. 

In this way, women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, postpartum or with children up to 5 years old are eligible. However, for a child to be considered at nutritional risk, it must be evaluated by a professional.

Regarding the income eligibility criteria, see the table at the following link: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/frequently-asked-questions. For example, families with one child and with a maximum monthly income of USD 1,968 or weekly of USD 454 are eligible for the program, or a family with four children and with an income of less than USD 48,470 is also eligible.

The objective of WIC is to take care of the health of women and their children up to 5 years of age, providing nutritious food to complete your diets, as well as information on a balanced and healthy diet.

Although it is a federally funded program, state agencies are responsible for determining eligibility, benefits, and services for this program. That is why immigrant women are eligible.

In the state of California, for example, the program provides support to any eligible woman regardless of immigration status. Undocumented women can get support only by proving that they live outside of California. Learn more: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/wic/DoIQualify.aspx

In the following link you will find a map where you can check the available USDA programs by state, you just have to select the state where you live and look for the section on “Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)”: https://www.fns.usda.gov/contacts/contact-map

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