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Frequently Asked Questions about Eligibility


Who can apply?

  • Pregnant women
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby up to 1 year of age
  • Women who have had a baby in the past six months
  • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5.
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Meet the income guidelines. WIC determines income based on gross income. WIC counts all of the members of a household, related or unrelated. WIC counts an unborn baby as a household member. Click here for detailed guidelines.

Applicants who participate in the Medicaid, Food Stamps, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) automatically meet the income eligibility by bringing proof of their participation in one of these programs - other income documents are not needed.

Receive a health and nutrition screening. Applicants will be weighed, measured, tested for iron status and will meet with WIC staff to discuss their family's nutrition interests, needs and concerns.

Live in Kentucky . WIC clients must live in Kentucky to receive services. WIC services are provided in every county. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.

How do I apply for WIC?

To apply for participation in the WIC Program, you can call or may simply walk into your local WIC clinic to schedule an appointment.

To locate a WIC clinic near you call 502-574-6676

How long can I stay on WIC?

If you meet the income and nutrition requirements:

  • Infants and children can stay on WIC until 5 years of age.
  • Women who are pregnant receive WIC benefits for the duration of their pregnancy.
  • Women who are exclusively or mostly breastfeeding receive WIC benefits until their baby is 1 year old.
  • Women who are mostly or only-formula feeding receive WIC benefits until their baby is 6 months old.

Who Provides the Services?

Click here for a list of WIC clinics operated by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

What about fathers?

Fathers of children under the age of 5 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 sessions, and redeem benefits for their children. Active participation by fathers is a great help in keeping WIC children healthy.

To locate your closest WIC clinic call

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