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Women Infants and Children WIC

Florida Department of Health in Alachua County


Program Description 

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC, is a federally funded program which provides the following at no cost to the participant: healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling and support and referrals for health care.


  • You must be a pregnant woman, a woman who has recently been pregnant, a breastfeeding mother of an infant, an infant, or a child under five years old.

  • You must meet certain income requirements. The family's gross income must not exceed 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. You could also be qualified if you or a family member is currently receiving Medicaid, WAGES, or Food Stamps.

  • You must have a nutrition-related need, which will be determined by WIC staff.

  • Standards for eligibility and participation in the WIC Program are the same for everyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.

WIC Provides 

  • Food cards for participants that can be used at local grocery stores. There is and approved list of the type, brand, and amount of food a participant is allowed to purchase.

  • The WIC foods include: milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, fruit or vegetable juices, dry beans or peas, or peanut butter.

  • The program strongly encourages breastfeeding as the best method of infant feeding and nurturing. Those mothers and caregivers who choose to bottle-feed their infants will receive the WIC contract formula. The WIC contract formulas are Gerber Good Start Products. Please see the North Central Florida Breastfeeding Resource List for more breastfeeding resources and information.

  • Nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling and support, referrals for healthcare