If you have come to a Free Coupon Workshop, you know that my family uses WIC since we are a one income family and that keeps us below the poverty level.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, women who had a baby within the last six months, infants, and children under the age of five. One must meet income requirements and have a nutritional risk that proper nutrition could help to improve.
The requirements for qualifying for WIC are primarily income and residency. They say you have to see a health professional at the WIC Clinic but beyond being weighed and tested for iron at each reapplication, I have not had this occur. Perhaps that is all they mean.
If you want to know if you meet the financial requirements for WIC in Alabama, click HERE.
You must call for an appointment if you meet the financial criteria. Then, you will need to bring:
- proof of residency (a document with your street address on it, such as a lease or bill)
- proof of identity (a driver’s license)
- proof of income (pay stubs OR you would be automatically income eligible if you are currently enrolled in TANF, Food Stamps or Medicaid, so bring proof of enrollment)
Questions? Call 1-888-942-4673 to obtain further information.
Before you can pick up your second round of checks, you have to take a quick nutrition class but they are available online and involve reading a snipet of information and then answering a couple of questions. Go to WIC Nutrition to see the session topics.
If you qualify for WIC, there is no shame involved. These programs are set up to help us and we need to take advantage of them if we qualify. The initial session takes quite a bit of time so be prepared to wait. You must have the children with you so take something to keep them occupied.
What you will receive is based on the age of the children and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. For my children (ages 1 and 3), we receive a selection which may include juice, bread, milk, peanut butter, beans, brown rice, fresh fruit/vegetables, cheese, buttermilk, and eggs.
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