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WIC
WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children.

WHAT DOES WIC OFFER?
WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:

  • Personalized nutrition consultants
  • Checks to buy free, healthy food
  • Tips for eating well to improve health
  • Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance and other services that can benefit the whole family
  • WIC can provide services in a number of languages including English, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Portuguese and Vietnamese.

But that's not all! WIC also offers breastfeeding classes, one-on-one breastfeeding support, and parent groups which provides parents with opportunities to talk with other parents about nutrition and other health topics that are important to their families.

WHO IS WIC FOR?
WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC for your child.
You can participate in WIC if you:

  • Live in Massachusetts
  • Have a nutritional need (WIC staff can help you determine this)
  • Are a child under 5, or a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, and
  • Have a family income equal to or less than WIC guidelines.

INCOME ELIGIBLE GUIDLINES (April 3,2012-June 30, 2013)

HOUSEHOLD

YEARLY

MONTHLY

BI-WEEKLY

WEEKLY

1

$21,590

$1,800

$831

$416

2

$29,101

$2,426

$1,120

$560

3

$36,612

$3,051

$1,409

$705

4

$44,123

$3,677

$1,698

$849

5

$51,634

$4,303

$1,986

$993

6

$59,145

$4,929

$2,275

$1,138

7

$66,656

$5,555

$2,564

$1,282

8

$74,167

$6,181

$2,853

$1,427

 

If you are pregnant, you should count yourself as two.
You are automatically income eligible for WIC if you are currently receiving TAFDC, Food Stamps or certain types of Mass Health Insurance. Foster kids under age 5 are also automatically eligible for WIC.

CAN MEN PARTICIPATE IN WIC?
WIC welcomes men! WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandparents, stepparents, and other guardian play in caring for kids. Fathers and other caregivers of kids under 5 are encouraged to enroll and bring kids to appointments, attend nutrition health workshops, and use WIC checks in grocery stores.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR WIC?
Call the Codman Square WIC Program at 617 825 3822. We offer evening hours and are open every Saturday so you don’t have to miss work. Our office is located in the Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

WHAT CAN I BUY WITH WIC CHECKS?
WIC checks make it easier for you to provide the healthy, delicious foods that you feel good about giving your family. The average value for WIC checks for children is $50 per month and women $70 per month.  WIC checks are also easy to use. Just take them with you when you go food shopping and use them to get free healthy food including:

  • Baby Food
  • Brown Rice
  • Canned Fish
  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Dried or canned beans/peas
  • Eggs
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Infant Formula
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Tortillas
  • Whole grain bread
  • Tofu

HOURS:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9am - 7pm
Wednesday: 8am - 4pm
Thursday: 9am - 7pm
Friday: 8am - 4pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Sunday: Closed

Do you have any questions? Contact WIC today to see if you are eligibleat 617-825-3822 or 1-800-WIC-1007 or visit www.mass.gov/wic.