WIC Food Assistance2023-02-07T23:03:01+00:00

WIC foods meet the special nutritional needs of pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum people, infants, and children up to 5 years old.

How It Works

If eligible to receive WIC Program services, participants are provided with Healthy Food Benefits that are redeemable at authorized stores for specified foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, cereal, eggs, cheese, juice, peanut butter, beans, canned fish, soy and tofu products and infant formula.

Benefits are loaded onto the participant’s WIC EBT card, which works like a debit card at participating stores.

Using Your WIC Card

Card Balance & Benefits

  • All benefits for your family will be on one card.
  • Buy only the foods you want at each visit.
  • Not all WIC-approved foods are approved for everyone.
  • Check your WIC Shopping List – WIC Staff can print your food benefit list.
  • Notice the date below your “Available WIC Benefits”. These are the dates that your benefits are available.

Before You Shop

  • Check your card’s benefit balance to see how much is available.
  • Make a grocery list, taking into account items that are covered by WIC.
  • View or download the Washington WIC Shopping Guide to see what foods are covered by WIC.
  • Use the WICShopper app to search for specific food items.
  • Use the WICShopper app to find a store near you that accepts WIC.

At the Store

  • Use the WICShopper app to scan the barcode of an item to see if it is covered by WIC.
  • Have your WIC card ready at check-out.
  • Tell the cashier you are using a WIC card before the transaction.
  • There is no need to separate WIC foods from non-WIC foods.
  • Swipe your WIC card first before any other payments, and enter your PIN number.
  • The cost of WIC-approved foods will be removed from your total.
  • Use other forms of payment, such as Basic Food/SNAP, cash, or credit to pay for the remaining items.

The WICShopper App

Download the App and Register

  • Download the WICShopper App from your app store.
  • Set a PIN number unique for your account.
  • Register by entering the 16-digit number on the front of your WIC EBT card.
  • Set a reminder for your benefit expiration! Go to the menu in the top left. In the settings, customize your app to notify you when your benefits expire.

Use the app to check your benefits

Explore the Features of the WICShopper App

  • View the benefits available to you.
  • Use the app to look up WIC-allowable foods when making your shopping list.
  • Locate stores that accept WIC.
  • Scan the barcodes of items in the store to see if they are WIC-eligible and if you have benefits remaining to cover them.
  • Access recipes to prepare for yourself and your family!

WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Ask your WIC staff person about the Farmers Market Program that is offered in the summer!  This special supplemental benefit is offered on a limited basis to WIC families, usually each June or July.  Benefits can be cashed at certain local Farmers Markets to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs. View the brochure here, and click to find answers to FAQs about this program.

NEW — starting in 2023, these benefits will be electronic.

FAQs for WIC Food Assistance

Do I need to separate WIC foods from non-WIC foods at checkout?2022-12-13T18:41:44+00:00

No, there is no need to separate your WIC foods at checkout. Tell the cashier you are using a WIC card before the transaction. Be sure to use your WIC card first, then use another form of payment for the remaining purchases.

How do I check my benefits balance?2022-12-13T18:42:10+00:00

The easiest way to check your balance is with your WICShopper app. Click to see how to read your My Benefits screen.

You can also check your balance by looking at the bottom of your most recent grocery receipt. For details on what to look for, see Shopping With Your WIC Card.

How can I get a WIC card?2022-12-13T18:42:21+00:00

If eligible, your family will receive one WIC card that will be issued when you enroll.

Interested in applying for WIC? Find out if you may be eligible, and make an appointment to apply.

Where can I find the WICShopper App2022-12-13T18:42:32+00:00

You can download the WICShopper App from the Google Play store, or the Apple App store.

For information on registering and using the WICShopper App, click here.

Where can I find a list of WIC-approved foods?2022-12-13T18:42:43+00:00

It’s important to remember that not all WIC-approved foods are approved for everyone. Your WIC clinic can print you a list of your specific food benefits, or you can check your available benefits on the WICShopper app.

To see a general list of WIC-approved foods, see the WIC Shopping Guide.

Which infant formulas are WIC-approved?2022-12-13T18:42:54+00:00

Find out what infant formulas are covered by WIC, as well as information on formula recalls, on this Dept. of Health webpage.

How do I use my WIC card?2022-12-13T18:43:05+00:00

See the Shopping with WIC webpage for step-by-step info on using your WIC card. For more details, including reading your receipts, view the Shopping With Your WIC Card tool.

Call WIC: 360-854-0435
Fax WIC: 360-856-5094

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Washington WIC doesn’t discriminate. We will not ask about citizenship or immigration status. 

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