WIC Application Instructions
To apply for WIC in Oregon, you will have to contact your local WIC Clinic. To find a WIC clinic in your county, use this link: www.public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyPeopleFamilies/wic/.
You will find phone number and fax for your nearest county office along with directions for the clinic. You must call the clinic to schedule an appointment.
Once you have scheduled an appointment, you will be told what documents to bring to the interview. Your eligibility for the program will be determined then, and if you are declared eligible, you will start receiving benefits.
You can also call 1-800-SAFENET from anywhere in the Oregon except Portland area. Those living in Portland area, please call 503-988-5858 to get more information about your local WIC office or clinic. You call also make a TTY relay call by dialing 711.
In order to participate in Oregon WIC, applicants have to:
- Be a U.S citizen or a qualified alien
- Be a resident of Oregon
- Meet income guidelines for the program
- Have a nutrition risk, whether medical or health risk
Oregon WIC is only available to certain categories of Oregon residents:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women
- Postpartum women
- Infants under the age of 1 year
- Children under the age of 5 years
Applicants for Oregon WIC will also have to meet income guidelines set for the program in order to receive benefits. The program requires applicants to have household income below 185% of the federal poverty line (FPL). Below is a table of gross annual household income according to the number of people living in the household to help you find out whether you meet income eligibility criteria or not.
|Household Size||Annual Income Limit|
For households with more people, please add $7,326 in gross annual income for each additional person.
For the purpose of Oregon WIC, a household means a unit of people living together, buying food together, and preparing their meals together. They don't have to be relatives to count as one household. Baby in the womb is considered a person for household size, which means a pregnant woman will be counted as two persons in the household in order to determine income limits and amount of benefits for the program.
You can further asses you eligibility for the Oregon WIC program using the online pre-screening tool available on the following link: www.wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf.