Basic Needs


WIC: Women, Infants, and Children

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women/parents, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

California WIC Women. Infants & Children

Programs and Services WIC Offers:

  • Pregnant women/parent
  • Breastfeeding women/parent
  • Non-breastfeeding, postpartum women/parent
  • Infants
  • Toddlers up to age 5

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Categorical
  • Residential
  • Income
  • Nutrition Risk

Categorical Requirement:

The WIC Program is designed to serve certain categories of women/parent, infants, and children. Therefore, the following individuals are considered categorically eligible for WIC:

1. Women/Parent

  • Pregnant (during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after the birth of an infant or the end of the pregnancy
  • Postpartum (up to 6 months after the birth if the infant or the end of the pregnancy)
  • Breastfeeding (up to the infant's first birthday)

2. Infants (up to the infant's first birthday)

3. Children (up to the child's fifth birthday)

Residential Requirement:

Applicants must live in the state in which they apply. Applicants served in areas where WIC is administered by an Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) must meet residency requirements established by the ITO. At state agency option, applicants may be required to live in a local service area and apply at a WIC clinic that serves that area. Applicants are not required to live in the state or local service area for a certain amount of time in order to meet the WIC residency requirement.

Income Requirement:

To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have income at or below an income level or standard set by the state agency or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs.

Nutrition Risk Requirement:

Applicants must be seen by a health professional such as a physician, nurse, or nutritionist who must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk. In many cases, this is done in the WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant. However, this information can be obtained from another health professional such as the applicant's physician.

"Nutrition risk" means that an individual has medical-based or dietary-based conditions. Examples of medical-based conditions include anemia (low blood levels), underweight, or history of poor pregnancy outcome. A dietary-based condition included, for example, a poor diet.

At a minimum, the applicant's height and weight must be measured and bloodwork taken to check for anemia. An applicant must have at least one of the medical or dietary conditions on the state's list of WIC nutrition risk criteria.

The WIC Prescreening Tool

A web-based application intended to help potential WIC applicants determine if they are likely to be eligible for WIC benefits. Users who are likely to be eligible to receive WIC benefits are provided with state-specific contact information and are encouraged to make a certification appointment with their WIC local agencies. Additionally, users are provided with a printable summary of their responses and a list of examples of the documentation that is required at an initial certification appointment.

WIC Offices in Monterey County

Location: Phone:
632 E. Alisal Street, Salinas, Ca 93905 (831) 796-2888
1156 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside, Ca 93955 (831) 796-2888
355 Gabilan Drive, Soledad, Ca 93960 (931) 755-4700

For questions or further assistance, please contact WIC directly or submit a Basic Needs referral form. Feel free to contact Basic Needs for more information about WIC and any other resources regarding nutrition, wellness, or family support.