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How can I apply for WIC?

The first step in applying for WIC is making an appointment at one of the WIC offices.

Since most of the WIC sites in this area are not open full time, the best way to contact WIC is to call the main office in Gainesville. They can answer most questions and make or change appointments. Call 352-294-5555,(local) or 1-800-4WICKID (1-800-494-2543) toll-free to speak with us at the North Central Florida WIC Program.

Our service area includes Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee and Union counties.

If you live in another county, you can call the State WIC office at 1-800-342-3556 and they can assist in finding a WIC clinic closest to you.

To find local office numbers for WIC programs in other counties, click here.

Make an Appointment

When you call the North Central Florida WIC Program we will give you a date and time for you to come to the clinic of your choosing for a WIC certification visit. During this visit, the household income and the medical/nutritional status of each person applying will be reviewed. On that day, you will find out if you and your children are eligible for WIC.

What should I expect at my first visit?

What happens at your first certification visit will depend on whether you are applying for yourself or for a child and how much information you bring with you. In general, you will first talk to a staff member who will ask questions about your address, phone number, income and other family information. The clerk will then determine whether you meet the income, residency, and physical presence requirements. You will be asked to complete a nutrition questionnaire that gives the dietitian/nutrition educator information about what you or your children eat. If you did not bring medical information from your doctor we will then take some blood for a hemoglobin test and obtain a weight and height. Your next stop will be with a dietitian/nutrition educator who will assess the weight, height, hemoglobin, diet and medical history to determine if you (or your child) have a nutrition risk that would make you eligible for the program. The dietitian/nutrition educator will work with you in developing your goals that will hopefully lead to improvements in your family's nutrition and also answer any questions that you may have. You may be asked to help choose a food package that best fits your needs. When you are finished with the dietitian/nutrition educator you will then return to the clerk who will provide you with a WIC ID card, and explain the program and how to use your checks. You will then be given an appointment to come back and pick up more checks, usually in three months.

What to bring to the WIC certification visit

It’s important that you bring the information and documents needed with you on your first visit. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need to bring.

  • Bring each family member who is applying to receive WIC services.
  • Bring proof of all income for everyone in the household (before taxes and deductions are taken out). Income includes such things as: salaries, child support and alimony, foster care payments, interest withdrawn, unemployment compensation, and military earnings.

    If you receive Medicaid, Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), or Food Stamps, you are income eligible for WIC. (If you do not receive Medicaid or TCA, but other members of your household do receive these benefits, you may be income-eligible for WIC.)

    WIC staff can verify your enrollment in these programs. However, it is helpful to bring the current “Notice of Case Action” letter, which is proof of eligibility for one or more of these programs.

  • Bring one proof of where you live (no P.O. boxes). The document must be current and show your name and address. You must be currently living in Florida, but you don't have to be a U.S. citizen.

    Acceptable proof of address (any one of these will work):

    • Utility bill (electric or phone bill)
    • Bank statement
    • Client's school record, recent
    • Driver's license
    • Foster child placement letter/notice
    • Housing, rent/mortgage agreement
    • Letter from person applicant lives with and proof (such as utility bill, etc. with the name/address of the individual with whom the applicant or client is living)
    • Military orders, U.S.
    • Official map/residence location
    • Paycheck/stub with name and address
    • Photo ID card, official
    • Shelter letter signed/dated by staff
    • Property tax receipt, W-2 form for the previous year (can only be used in January or February of current year)
    • Unemployment documents in applicant's or client's name
    • Voter registration card
    • Note: Women and children can qualify for WIC regardless of their citizen ship or immigration status.
  • Bring one proof of identification for you and one proof of identification for any infant or child applying for WIC. The document must be current.

    Acceptable forms of identification:

    • Baptismal certificate
    • Birth certificate
    • Client's school ID or record, recent
    • Court orders (divorce, child support, alimony, adoption)
    • Driver's license
    • Foster child placement letter/notice
    • ID card for health, social services or work
    • Infant hospital records (for example crib card, discharge papers), acceptable for infants only.
    • Immigration record
    • Immunization record
    • Marriage license
    • Medical records
    • Military ID, U.S.
    • Passport, U.S.
    • Paycheck/stub with name
    • Photo ID card, official
    • Supplemental Security Income letter in applicant's or client's name
    • Unemployment documents in applicant's or client's name
    • Voter registration card
  • Bring the Social Security Number for each person applying for WIC, if available.
  • Bring the immunization (shot) record for each child.