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WIC is a nutrition education program that provides growth and health assessments, referrals to community resources and breastfeeding support. WIC also provides nutritious foods that include fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains that build positive eating habits which can be established and reinforced from the start. There is no cost to eligible families. Eligibility is determined from the following criteria:

  1. If you satisfy the following:
    You are pregnant
    You are breastfeeding a baby under one year of age
    You have just had a baby
    You have an infant or child under the age of 5
  2. If you live in Idaho.
  3. If you have a special nutritional need. A nutrition and health screening is provided at the WIC clinic.
  4. If you meet the income guidelines in this table: Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021

To be eligible for the WIC program, an individual must be a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, a woman who has recently been pregnant, or an infant or child younger than 5 years old. In addition, the individual must live in Idaho, have a need that can be helped by WIC foods and nutrition counseling, and have a low-to-moderate income.

To be eligible on the basis of income, an applicant’s gross income (e.g., before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. For example, under the new guidelines a family of three can earn up to $40,182 annually; under the old guidelines a family of three could have earned up to $39,461 annually.

If you or a family member are in the categories served by WIC and currently receive Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, or CHIP, you are automatically income-eligible for WIC.

WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021

Number of Household Members*

Maximum Annual Gross Household Income

1

2

3

4

5

More than 5

$23,606

$31,894

$40,182

$48,470

$56,578

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*One pregnant woman counts as two household members.

WIC provides nutritious supplemental foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juice, beans and peanut butter at no cost to qualified families. WIC services also include health screenings, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding information and support, help from registered dietitians, and referrals to other services. The average Idahoan enrolled in WIC receives approximately $50 of healthy foods per month. There are currently approximately 32,000 people per month receiving Idaho WIC assistance.


If you meet the above qualifications, please visit or call the nearest WIC office (see below for locations) for an appointment. We will provide you with a list of items to bring to your first appointment.

  • How do I apply for WIC?

    If you meet the above qualifications, please visit or call the nearest WIC office (see below for locations) for an appointment. We will provide you with a list of items to bring to your first appointment.

    • Nez Perce County: 208-799-0390
      215 10th Street
      Lewiston, ID 83501

    • Latah County: 208-882-7353
      333 E. Palouse River Drive
      Moscow, ID 83843

    • Clearwater County: 208-476-7850
      105 115th Street
      Orofino, ID 83544

    • Idaho County: 208-983-2842
      903 W Main
      Grangeville, ID 83530

    • Lewis County: 208-935-2124
      132 N Hill Street
      Kamiah, ID 83536
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  • How long can I stay on WIC?

    Children can be on WIC from birth until their 5th birthday.  Pregnant women can stay on WIC until delivery and may qualify to stay on longer following delivery.  Postpartum women can stay on WIC up to 6 months postpartum.  Breastfeeding women can stay on WIC up to 12 months postpartum.

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  • When do I get my WIC food benefit package?

    WIC food benefits are given immediately after the first appointment.  You will receive an eWIC card with WIC food benefits detailed in the WIC Approved Food List, that can be redeemed at any WIC approved grocery store in Idaho.

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  • Can I have someone else shop for my WIC food benefits using my eWIC card?

    No, only you may use your eWIC card but every WIC account can have a second card holder added to the WIC account by the WIC staff.  This second card holder will be able to shop for your WIC food benefits using their eWIC card.

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  • Where can I shop with my eWIC card?

    eWIC cards can be used at any WIC approved grocery store in Idaho.

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Phone Icon For more information or questions about WIC call the office near you:

  • Nez Perce County: 208-799-0390
    215 10th Street
    Lewiston, ID 83501

  • Latah County: 208-882-7353
    333 E. Palouse River Drive
    Moscow, ID 83843

  • Clearwater County: 208-476-7850
    105 115th Street
    Orofino, ID 83544

  • Idaho County: 208-983-2842
    903 W Main
    Grangeville, ID 83530

  • Lewis County: 208-935-2124
    132 N Hill Street
    Kamiah, ID 83536

WIC is an equal opportunity provider. For the full nondiscrimination statement and information to file a complaint click here.

Public Health - Idaho North Central District
215 10th Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

Phone: (208) 799-3100
Fax: (208) 799-0349

Idaho Careline: 211


For medical emergencies dial 911.

Disclaimer

All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a substitute for appropriate professional advice.

For more information please call (208) 799-3100 or Idaho Careline: 211.

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