As a woman, it is tough to find a job that can pay enough for you and your kids. Sustaining a family either alone as a single mom or with the help of a spouse is hard.
It can become straining to your bank account, your time and you are slowly going to say goodbye to “me time.” But if you are a woman, pregnant or have an infant and are under a certain income level, you can get a lot of assistance from the government under the program of WIC.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers a program through the Food and Nutrition Service division that helps moms of small children provide for their nutritional and basic needs.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) offer benefits to the families for six to twelve months. After that time, you may still be eligible for the program and can apply again.
State agencies take on the responsibility of determining who is eligible to participate in the WIC program, even though it is administered at the federal level. The state also authorizes the vendors for the program and provides the benefits and services.
To find the WIC program in your area, contact the state or local agency, and they will provide you with the nearest location. They will also set up your appointment to apply for the benefit.
If you apply for WIC and meet the guidelines, you can’t automatically expect to receive the benefit. Often there are more qualified applicants than there are funds available. This is especially true in localities that are hard hit by unemployment and lower wages. If the funds have run out, you should ask if a waiting list has been started.
The list will be prioritized by need, not by the time of application. If you are put on a waiting list, ask how long you will remain there and if there is any need to reapply in the future.
Requirements and Benefits
There are only four requirements that have to be met to qualify for the WIC benefit. Women who are breastfeeding, postpartum or pregnant will be eligible. A child or an infant who has not yet reached their fifth birthday will also qualify.
All applicants must live in the state in which they are applying for the WIC benefit, and the gross income must be within the eligibility guidelines set by the state. If you are an applicant who is eligible for Medicaid, TANF, or HUD, you are most likely going to be eligible for the WIC program.
Applicants must be nutritionally at risk. A poor diet, being underweight or suffering from anemia are all symptoms of being at risk for poor nutrition.
If you move to another state while you and your family are receiving the WIC benefit, make sure that you notify the office that you applied at so that you do not automatically lose the benefit.
You will be given a card by a staff member of WIC that identifies you as a participant in the WIC program. After you have moved into your new location, contact the local office of WIC and take the card to your first appointment.
As long as there are funds available in the local program, you can continue receiving the benefit until the time limit is reached. At this point, you will have to reapply and meet the guidelines that have been established by the state in which you are applying.
After you relocate, you find that you cannot continue to receive the benefit because funding has run out, you will be placed at the top of the waiting list so that you can continue when the funds are available.
A Guide of WIC Sources For You To Check Out
- See whats new and updates from the government about WIC
- Toll-Free numbers to contact in your state
- Requirements based on your state
The government understands that keeping and maintaining a healthy family and child can be extremely expensive. But without certain necessities, it can be almost impossible.
That is why WIC was made.
To help women, mothers, infants, single moms, and children live a better life. Once you apply and get the benefits from this program, it will come into huge help.
Let me know how you feel about WIC and government programs down below. Are they helping you out or are they a waste of time?