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What Is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children?

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals and support, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. The WIC program in Ohio is administered through the Ohio Department of Health.

Learn more about WIC in Ohio on the Department of Health WIC page here.

What Services Does WIC Provide?

WIC assists women and children by providing nutrition assistance and health support. If you are eligible for WIC, you will be able to access the following services:

  • Nutrition cash assistance
  • Health screenings
  • Breastfeeding information and support
  • Health and nutrition information from licensed dietitians
  • Health and medical referrals

Monthly nutrition assistance benefits are placed on an eWIC card. The eWIC cards are issued to eligible participants after they are approved for the program.

The eWIC card functions like a debit card, allowing participants to swipe their card and enter their PIN to complete a transaction at participating vendors. You can find stores that accept WIC benefits near you by downloading the WICShopper App here.

The WICShopper App also provides information on all the food items you can purchase with your WIC benefits.

To learn more about WIC services in Ohio, click here.

How Much Assistance Does WIC Provide?

After you are accepted into the WIC program, you will be assigned a specific food package category by the Ohio Department of Health. The food package you will be assigned is dependent on:

  • Who is the participant — infant, child or woman
  • Stage of pregnancy
  • Amount of breastfeeding – whether a mother is fully breastfeeding, partially breastfeeding or not breastfeeding at all (formula feeding)

For women and children, each food package comes with a set list of covered food items and the maximum amount of the food item that will be covered by the program (in ounces or fluid ounces) each month. Items included in food packages for women and children are:

  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread
  • Fish
  • Legumes or peanut butter

Infant food packages are provided in the same level of detail but vary based on the age of the infant and how they are fed (breastfed vs. formula fed). Covered food items based on these factors include:

  • Infant cereal
  • Baby food fruits, vegetables and meat
  • Formula

Learn more about WIC Food Packages and Maximum Monthly Allowances here.

Who Can Qualify for WIC in Ohio?

To be eligible for WIC in Ohio, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of Ohio,
  • Meet the income limits set by the WIC program, AND
  • Be a woman who is pregnant, who is nursing, or who has had a baby in the last six months OR
  • Be the parent or guardian of a child that is younger than 5 years old.

The WIC income limits are based on the number of members in your household and are categorized by time period. Gross income refers to the total earnings before any taxes are imposed. There is a weekly, monthly and annual income limit that households must meet. They are as follows.

Household MembersGross Income/WeekGross Income/MonthGross Income/Year
1$484$2,096$25,142
2$652$2,823$33,874
3$820$3,551$42,606
4$988$4,279$51,338

Note that pregnant women count as two people within a household. For each additional person in your household, add $8,732 per year to determine your income limit.

For more information about WIC eligibility, visit the Ohio WIC page here.

To test your eligibility for WIC benefits, use the WIC Prescreening Tool here. Using the WIC Prescreening Tool is not an application. 

How to Apply for WIC in Ohio

To apply for WIC in Ohio, complete the following three steps:

  1. Review the eligibility requirements for WIC benefits to see if you qualify.

Learn if you may be eligible for WIC benefits by using the WIC Prescreening Tool here.

  1. Gather documentation related to your household’s finances and medical situation.

Learn what documents and information you need here.

  1. Set up a WIC certification appointment at a local WIC clinic.

You can apply for WIC by scheduling an appointment at your local WIC office or by submitting an application by mail. If you submit an application by mail, you must still complete an interview at your local office.

To set up an appointment by phone, call your local WIC clinic. Click here to find the contact information for WIC clinics near you.

To submit an application by mail, complete the WIC Program Application here and mail it to your local WIC clinic.

Your eligibility for WIC benefits will be verified during your appointment.

If you have questions about the application process or require assistance, contact Ohio Help Me Grow Helpline at 1 (800) 755-4769.

About the WIC Certification Appointment

The WIC certification appointment is the applicant's first appointment at a WIC clinic and is used to determine their eligibility for benefits. Applicants meet with a WIC representative and present all the necessary documents to apply for assistance.

Applicants should have the following items on hand for their WIC appointment:

  • Identification for you and your children (if applicable)
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of pregnancy (if applicable)
  • Proof of address

All applicants, including the mother and all eligible children, must be present at the appointment.

After providing the necessary documentation, trained staff at the WIC clinic will conduct a health exam on each of the applicants to determine if they are at medical or nutritional risk. The assessment will include a blood test, a health questionnaire and measurements of their height and weight.

For more information on what to bring to your WIC appointment, click here.

How to Check Your Application Status

If you apply for WIC in Ohio, your eligibility will be determined during your certification appointment at the WIC clinic. You will not need to wait to find out if your application is approved.

However, if your location does not have sufficient funds to serve all eligible applicants, you may be put on a waiting list to receive benefits. In this situation, applicants will receive benefits based on a priority system that gives those in most need earlier access to benefits.

Learn more about the Waiting List here.

Learn more about the WIC Eligibility Priority System here.

What Happens After You Apply for WIC?

After you set up your WIC appointment and apply for benefits at a local WIC clinic, your eligibility will be determined by the representative who processes your application.

If you are approved for benefits, you will receive your eWIC card after being approved. You can use these monetary benefits to purchase WIC-approved foods. For information on what foods you can purchase with your WIC benefits, click here.

You will also be able to access WIC clinic support programs right away, including:

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding information and support
  • Health referrals

Learn more information about WIC benefits and what to expect from the program on the Ohio WIC page here.

How to Appeal a Denial of WIC Benefits

If your WIC application was denied, you have the right to file an appeal. You can submit the appeal to the Ohio Department of Health after you are notified about your ineligibility.

After you apply for WIC, you will be sent a determination letter. If you are ineligible for benefits, the letter will include why your family is not eligible for WIC and instructions on how to submit an appeal. Should you choose to appeal, you must request an appeal by the date shown on the letter.

Learn more information about the appeal process by contacting the Help Me Grow Helpline at 1 (800) 755-4769.

How to Replace a Lost eWIC Card

If your eWIC card is lost, stolen or damaged, you must contact the EBT card customer service team to shut down your eWIC card and request a replacement.

Need More Help?

For help with obtaining WIC benefits, or for any further questions about the program, call the Help Me Grow Helpline at 1 (800) 755-4769.

You can also visit or call a local WIC clinic for further assistance. Find your nearest location and contact information here.

View or Download Our Free Guide

While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and compiled a guide and these answers to frequently asked questions.  Our goal is to provide you useful information on the process to help you get the benefits you need.

Our free WIC Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply, program eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.

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How to Apply for WIC in Ohio

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals and support, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. The WIC program in Ohio is administered through the Ohio Department of Health.

To apply for WIC in Ohio, complete the following three steps:

  1. Review the eligibility requirements for WIC benefits to see if you qualify.

Learn if you may be eligible for WIC benefits by using the WIC Prescreening Tool here.

  1. Gather documentation related to your household’s finances and medical situation.

Learn what documents and information you need here.

  1. Set up a WIC certification appointment at a local WIC clinic.

You can apply for WIC by scheduling an appointment at your local WIC office or by submitting an application by mail. If you submit an application by mail, you must still complete an interview at your local office.

To set up an appointment by phone, call your local WIC clinic. Click here to find the contact information for WIC clinics near you.

To submit an application by mail, complete the WIC Program Application here and mail it to your local WIC clinic.

Your eligibility for WIC benefits will be verified during your appointment.

If you have questions about the application process or require assistance, contact Ohio Help Me Grow Helpline at 1 (800) 755-4769.

About the WIC Certification Appointment

The WIC certification appointment is the applicant's first appointment at a WIC clinic and is used to determine their eligibility for benefits. Applicants meet with a WIC representative and present all the necessary documents to apply for assistance.

Applicants should have the following items on hand for their WIC appointment:

  • Identification for you and your children (if applicable)
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of pregnancy (if applicable)
  • Proof of address

All applicants, including the mother and all eligible children, must be present at the appointment.

After providing the necessary documentation, trained staff at the WIC clinic will conduct a health exam on each of the applicants to determine if they are at medical or nutritional risk. The assessment will include a blood test, a health questionnaire and measurements of their height and weight.

For more information on what to bring to your WIC appointment, click here.

How to Check Your Application Status

If you apply for WIC in Ohio, your eligibility will be determined during your certification appointment at the WIC clinic. You will not need to wait to find out if your application is approved.

However, if your location does not have sufficient funds to serve all eligible applicants, you may be put on a waiting list to receive benefits. In this situation, applicants will receive benefits based on a priority system that gives those in most need earlier access to benefits.

Learn more about the Waiting List here.

Learn more about the WIC Eligibility Priority System here.

What Happens After You Apply for WIC?

After you set up your WIC appointment and apply for benefits at a local WIC clinic, your eligibility will be determined by the representative who processes your application.

If you are approved for benefits, you will receive your eWIC card after being approved. You can use these monetary benefits to purchase WIC-approved foods. For information on what foods you can purchase with your WIC benefits, click here.

You will also be able to access WIC clinic support programs right away, including:

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding information and support
  • Health referrals

Learn more information about WIC benefits and what to expect from the program on the Ohio WIC page here.

How to Appeal a Denial of WIC Benefits

If your WIC application was denied, you have the right to file an appeal. You can submit the appeal to the Ohio Department of Health after you are notified about your ineligibility.

After you apply for WIC, you will be sent a determination letter. If you are ineligible for benefits, the letter will include why your family is not eligible for WIC and instructions on how to submit an appeal. Should you choose to appeal, you must request an appeal by the date shown on the letter.

Learn more information about the appeal process by contacting the Help Me Grow Helpline at 1 (800) 755-4769.

Need More Help?

For help with obtaining WIC benefits, or for any further questions about the program, call the Help Me Grow Helpline at 1 (800) 755-4769.

You can also visit or call a local WIC clinic for further assistance. Find your nearest location and contact information here.

View or Download Our Free Guide

While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and compiled a guide and the following answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing useful information on the process.

Our free WIC Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply, program eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.