WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN
The supplemental food program for Women, Infants & Children – also known as WIC – provides nutrition education, health screenings, chest/breastfeeding support, and benefits to purchase qualified foods at local stores and farmers’ markets.
WIC covers new and expecting moms, chest/breastfeeding parents, and other caregivers of children under 5 years old. Income qualifications apply; view income guidelines here.
The eWIC program offers families a new way to shop for WIC-approved foods by using an electronic benefits card – providing participants with a quick and easy way to shop at their convenience.
WIC staff can also provide participants with referrals to health and social programs during the critical stages of fetal and early childhood development.
Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
WIC provides eligible families with benefits loaded onto an EBT card, which allows families the convenience of purchasing WIC-approved foods discreetly and on their own schedules.
Certified WIC staff can support new mothers with breast-feeding education, consultation and equipment to reduce the stress for baby and mother alike.
WIC participants are provided health screenings and the appropriate education to ensure that kids are being introduced to healthy foods and are growing up strong.
UPMC For You has generously supported the work of Community Progress Council by providing funding to purchase diapers and formula to assist York County families in need.
A supply of these items will be available through CPC’s resource navigators and WIC clinics. If you are in need of diapers or formula, please ask any CPC team member.
Learn more about UPMC For You.
ARE WIC SERVICES FREE?
Yes, all WIC services are free to all qualifying individuals and families who meet federal income guidelines or are receiving Medical Assistance, SNAP, or TANF benefits
WHAT DOES WIC CONSIDER AS INCOME?
Income eligibility is automatic when an applicant receives medical assistance (MA), Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); however, applicants must provide income documentation. Foster children younger than 5 years are eligible. Income is counted for everyone living in the household.
WHAT ABOUT FATHERS?
Fathers of children younger than 5 years are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, fathers can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes and cash food vouchers for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC recipients healthy.
WHAT IF I AM A GRANDPARENT?
If you are a grandparent who has custody of grandchildren younger than 5 years, you may apply on their behalf. If you do not have custody, you may accompany your grandchildren and their parent to the WIC appointment, and you may become a proxy. A proxy is a person who acts on behalf of the WIC parent/caretaker to come to WIC to pick up vouchers and/or go to the grocery store to redeem them. Families raising foster children may also be eligible for WIC services.
WHAT IF I'M A TEEN? DO I QUALIFY IF I LIVE WITH MY MOM OR DAD?
In most cases, if you are a teen, you must count all of the income of your household when determining if you are eligible for WIC. Please contact us to find out if you are income eligible.
WHERE DO I GO TO GET THE FOOD?
Food benefits are issued to eligible individuals and families on a WIC credit card. You can purchase the WIC foods at your local WIC-authorized grocery store.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES AM I ELIGIBLE FOR?
WIC will refer you to a variety of health and social service agencies and programs. WIC staff can help you find these services. Some examples are:
- Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Prenatal services like Healthy Beginnings Plus
- Food pantries and emergency food programs
- Substance abuse treatment programs
- Head Start of York County and child care options
- Child support enforcement
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Special Kids Network
- Childhood lead poison screening
- Childhood immunization providers
HOW DOES SOMEONE REPORT A COMPLAINT OR SUSPECTED PROGRAM ABUSE?
To report program abuse or a complaint, call 1-800-942-9467 to connect with the local WIC agency serving that county. WIC staff investigates all complaints or reports of alleged program abuse and takes appropriate action if warranted. If you have already contacted the local WIC agency with no satisfaction, please call the state agency at 717-783-1289. WIC will keep the name of the reporter confidential if requested.