Colorado WIC Application Information
Colorado WIC provides numerous benefits to pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children to ensure that everyone in Colorado gets nutrient-rich food and adopts a healthy lifestyle. Participants receive vouchers to buy food, assistance with breastfeeding, referrals to health care program and services, and nutrition education. Colorado WIC is state's nutrition supplemental food program.
Food benefits are distributed through food prescription/vouchers. Beneficiaries can use these vouchers to buy food from WIC designated stores. They can buy nutrient rich food that is low in fat and high in fiber. Permitted foods include milk, cereals (infant and adult), eggs, peanut butter, bread, meat, fish, fruits, fruit juice, vegetables, and formula milk. You can find a list of allowable foods by clicking here.
Allowed Foods Video
Colorado WIC provides assistance and support for breastfeeding women. Breastfed babies grow strong and have a better ability to fight off disease and infection. The program encourages mothers to breastfeed babies so that they can have the best diet during their most critical growth phase. Colorado WIC assists women to breastfeed babies through education, breastfeeding equipment, and additional food supplies.
The program provides nutrition education to its participants so that they can adopt a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition classes help participants understand value of nutrients and how they can help improve growth and ability to fight disease. The education results in positive healthy changes in lifestyle of participants.
Colorado WIC recipients will also receive referrals to other social services and programs. They will have to go through a screening test, which will determine programs and services to which participates qualify.
Since Colorado WIC focuses on low-income families, it requires them to meet income guidelines in addition to meeting categorical liability. Applicants also need to be determined for nutrition status. Those on health risk and having low-income at the same time usually qualify for the program with ease. To apply for benefits, one has to get an appointment from nearest WIC clinic.
To start receiving WIC benefits in Colorado, one has to meet the following guidelines.
- Be a resident of Colorado
- Have low family income
- Be at nutritional risk
Colorado WIC benefits are only available to women, infants (up to age of 1 year), and children (up to age of five years). A woman can be eligible for these benefits if:
- She is pregnant
- She is in her postpartum status
- She is breastfeeding
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WIC Application Instructions
To apply for Colorado WIC, you will have to get an appointment from WIC office. You can find a list of all Colorado WIC office by clicking here.
After you have contacted your local WIC agency, you will be provided with a date for appointment. At the interview, you will have to go through a screening process.
Make sure that you are taking necessary documents to prove your case in front f of WIC staff.