Idaho WIC Application Information
The Idaho WIC is a state and federal government program that provides supplemental food assistance, health care referrals and basic nutritional education to low-income pregnant, breast feeding and postpartum women, and infants and children of up to five years of age.
This nutrition program has over the years, helped to promote proper nutrition in women, infants and children. Some of the benefits of the program include:
- Provision of checks to purchase nutritional foods from grocery stores and other Idaho WIC authorized vendors
- Provision of nutritional education to the members of the program
- Provision of health care referrals to the members
- Provision of breast feeding information to mothers
In order to be eligible for the WIC program you need to meet certain categorical, residence and income requirements. Among these requirements is that of being a resident of the state of Idaho and being a woman, infant or a child. If you meet these basic eligibility requirements, you can proceed to apply for the Idaho WIC program by visiting your local WIC clinic.
The Idaho WIC program has over the years expanded its service provision network to include:
- Seven public health districts
- Two Native American health agencies
- More than 50 clinics spread across the state of Idaho
It should however be noted that the checks and budgetary supplements provided by the Idaho WIC program, can only be used to purchase certain foods. Some of the authorized foods include Milk, eggs, whole grains, fresh fruits, cereal, juice, peanut butter, cheese, beans, and baby food.
In order to benefit from the Idaho WIC program, you need to meet a specified set of eligibility requirements. These requirements are divided into categorical, residence and income eligibility requirements.
Categorical Eligibility Requirements
In order to eligible for the Idaho WIC programs you must fall in the three categories of women, Infants, and children. In addition to this, you must meet the specific requirements for each category. Women applicants must be pregnant, breast feeding, or must have a newly born child less than one year of age or should have an infant or child of up to five years of age.
Residence Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for the Idaho WIC program you need to be a US citizen or legal alien and be a resident of the state of Idaho.
Income Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the Idaho WIC program you must meet the specified income eligibility requirements specified on this link: www.healthandwelfare.idaho.govWomenInfantsandChildren/WICEligibilityGuidelines.pdf.
Nutritional Risk Requirement
All applicants for the Idaho WIC program should be examined by a medical profession and proven to be nutritionally at risk. This test can be conducted free of charge at your local WIC clinic available on this link: www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/localclinics/.
WIC Application Instructions
In order to apply for the Idaho WIC you need to find a local WIC clinic, available on the following link: www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/localclinics. You can schedule an appointment with your local clinic.
Once you have scheduled an appointment, you should proceed to print an Idaho WIC referral form from the following link: www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/WomenInfantsandChildren.pdf. Print the form, you may need consultation with your health care provider to complete it, and submit it during your appointment at your Local Idaho WIC clinic.
Before going to your appointment at the local Idaho WIC clinic you should remember to carry important verification documents, such as driver's license, or any government issued ID card and your social security number. The other needed documents are specified at this link: www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/WomenInfantsandChildren.pdf
During the appointment trained Idaho WIC staff will conduct a health screening on all the family members and ask you a set of questions aimed at determining your eligibility to the program. If successful you will be contacted and will immediately start enjoying the benefits of Idaho WIC.
For more information on Idaho WIC, you can call the following toll free number: 1-800-926-2588 and speak to a program representative who will answer any queries and give you other program details.