image description WIC Food Program

Am I eligible?

To receive food assistance and other services from WIC, you need to apply and meet a few simple guidelines. That’s it.

WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In North Central Florida, WIC Services are provided by the University of Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, North Central Florida WIC Program.

This brochure will tell you more about WIC in Florida: Florida WIC Facts.pdf

Who is eligible?

WIC is available to low- to moderate-income women who are pregnant, who’ve recently had a baby or who are breastfeeding. It’s also available for infants and children up to age 5 who may be at nutritional risk. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working or not working, and fathers can also bring their children to apply for WIC.

WIC services are available to anyone who lives in Florida and meets the program guidelines regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.

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You can receive help from WIC no matter what your immigration status is. Undocumented immigrants can receive WIC as long as they live in Florida.

If you meet the income and residence guidelines above, you'll be assessed for nutrition risk to see if you qualify for WIC. This is usually done at the WIC office and there's no cost to you.

Income Guidelines

WIC has income guidelines which many people meet. WIC is not a welfare program. There are some rules about how much income you can make to be eligible for the program.

Even if you were turned down from other programs, you may still be eligible for WIC. If you or another family member are receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) administered by Work and Gain Economic Self-Sufficiency (WAGES) program, you're automatically income eligible for WIC. If you're receiving Medicaid, Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) or Food Stamps, you automatically meet the WIC income requirements regardless of actual gross income.

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Children and pregnant or breastfeeding women on Medicaid are automatically income eligible for WIC.

You may apply for WIC whether you are working or not. You do not have to be on a public assistance program to qualify for WIC. You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen and you may qualify for WIC no matter what your immigration status is.

To see if your income qualifies for WIC, use the table below.

Family Size Weekly Bi-Weekly Twice Monthly Monthly Annual
1 $409 $818 $886 $1,772 $21,257
2 $552 $1,104 $1,196 $2,392 $28,694
3 $695 $1,390 $1,506 $3,011 $36,131
4 $838 $1,676 $1,816 $3,631 $43,568
5 $981 $1,962 $2,126 $4,251 $51,005
6 $1,124 $2,248 $2,436 $4,871 $58,442
7 $1,267 $2,534 $2,745 $5,490 $65,879
8 $1,410 $2,820 $3,055 $6,110 $73,316
Additional Person +$144 +$287 +$310 +$620 +$7,437

Find your family size and include any unborn child if women in the household are pregnant.

Now look up to the top of the table. How is your income paid to you — by year, by month, twice monthly, biweekly or weekly? Find the column that matches how often you get paid and then look down the column to the row that matches your family size (including any unborn children), which is shown on the left side of the table.

The number in that box is the most you can make and still qualify. This is the maximum total gross income (the amount of money you earn before taxes and other deductions are taken out of your paycheck) you can have per pay period.

If there’s more than one person in the household who is employed and not everyone is paid on the same frequency (for example, one is paid weekly and another twice monthly), call WIC and we can figure out whether or not you qualify.