South Carolina WIC Application Information
South Carolina WIC program is for women, infants, and children who are living in South Carolina and are facing nutrition risk. The program addresses nutrition issues in children and helps pregnant women and mothers stay on healthy diet. The program provides benefits to pregnant and postpartum women, breastfeeding mothers, infants up to age of one year, and children up to age of five years.
South Carolina WIC provides financial help so that low-income women, infants, and children can enjoy better food and grow into strong and intelligent human beings. Program benefits include supply of nutrition food for women such as milk, bread, poultry, fruits, vegetables. Infants can have soymilk as well as iron fortified formula. Similarly, the diet plan includes many foods for kids that help in healthy growth. Here is a list of all foods permitted under the WIC program: www.dhec.sc.gov/administration/library/
South Carolina WIC supports breastfeeding women. It provides them with one-on-one support in addition to helping with breastfeeding equipment such as breast pumps. The program also provides nutrition education for women so that they can ensure healthy and nutritional diet for their children. The nutrition education and support services are also provided to pregnant women.
In order to receive benefits, applicants should be nutrition risk, whether diet risk or medical risk. Such risk should be determined by a qualified health professional. South Carolina WIC also provides support through Farmers' market. Participants receive checks that can be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from local Farmers' Markets. Farm stands are also displayed throughout the state during the season where WIC participants can use their check to buy food.
In order to receive benefits through South Carolina WIC, you will have to apply for the program. You can apply at your local WIC clinic and schedule an appointment for interview. After you receive an appointment for interview, you will have to take the necessary documents with you to prove your eligibility for the program.
In order to apply for South Carolina WIC, you will have to meet categorical eligibility. The following persons are eligible:
- Infants under the age of one year
- Children under the age of five years
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women
Once you meet the categorical eligibility, you will also have to meet the following additional eligibility criteria:
- Be a U.S citizen or a qualified alien
- Be a resident of South Carolina
- Be on a nutrition risk, either diet risk or medical risk
- Meet income eligibility for the program
WIC Income Eligibility Requirements
Applicants should have household income below 185% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL). Here is the chart for annual income according to the household size.
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For each additional person in the household, add $7,326 to find out annual income limits for the household.
WIC Application Instructions
To apply for WIC in South Carolina, you will have to contact your local health department or WIC clinic. You can find a map with all WIC office locations here.
When you apply for WIC, you will be provided a date for interview. At the interview, you will have to take certain documents with you. If you have applied for a child, you will have to take the child to WIC office for examination.
The documents you need to bring at WIC office are:
- Proof of identity
- Proof of residence
- Proof of income
If you're not sure what documents to take with you so that you can provide a proof for each mentioned above, please see the list of supporting documents here: /www.dhec.sc.gov/administration/library/.