What is WIC?
WIC is the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). It is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, and the New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division. In New Mexico, other WIC Programs are also available through Indian Tribal Organizations.
Do I Qualify?
You must meet the following criteria:
- Live in New Mexico. WIC participants usually receive services in the county where they live (U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility)
- Be a Pregnant, Breastfeeding or Postpartum woman, an infant under one year of age or a child less than 5 years of age. (Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under 5 can apply for their children)
- Meet the income guidelines. Households with incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty income level are eligible. WIC determines income based on gross income. WIC counts all of the members of a household, related or non-related. WIC counts an unborn baby as a household member.
- Be at nutritional risk. WIC participants receive an initial health and diet screening at a WIC clinic to determine nutritional risk. WIC uses two main categories of nutritional risk: 1) medically-based risks such as history of poor pregnancy outcome, underweight status, or iron deficiency anemia, and 2) diet-based risk factors such as poor eating habits which can lead to poor nutritional and health status. Participants will be counseled at WIC about these risks and the outcome influenced by nutrition education and nutritious foods provided by WIC.
- Participants must apply in person.
What I Need For An Appointment
Locate the phone number of the closest WIC Clinic office nearest you and schedule an appointment. You will be asked to bring the following to your appointment:
- The Person Applying for program participation (this may be you, your baby or your child).
- Proof of residency.
- Proof of identity.
- Current check stubs (within last 30 days) for any member of your family who receives an income, or other proof of income status. If your family receives TANF or Food Stamps, you will be asked to bring the award notice, which you receive from your caseworker or in the mail. If family members are on Medicaid, bring their current cards.
- A diet survey for family member who will be certifying needs to be completed.
- Clean diaper or other items needed for comfort. Your appointment will last approximately 45 minutes.
- Current or updated shot record.
What Will I Receive?
WIC provides supplemental food to program participants, along with nutrition education, information on breastfeeding and referrals to health and social programs.