Tennessee WIC Application Information
How to Apply for WIC
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Tennessee WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a special supplemental nutrition program for certain residents of Tennessee. The program provides its benefits to women, infants, and children who meet program eligibility criteria.
The program provides nutrition food to Tennessee residents along with nutrition education, support for breastfeeding women, and referral to other healthcare programs.
Tennessee WIC helps the struggling women, infants, and children to enjoy nutrition food so that they can get the best food during their growing phase. In addition to providing food, the program also helps women understand nutritious value of food so that they can stay on balanced diet and feed their kid with all the necessary minerals, vitamins, and other important nutrients.
The WIC program in Tennessee offers a wide variety of foods by supplying vouchers that can be used at any designated store in the state. WIC has 900+ approved stores in Tennessee where these vouchers can be exchanged for WIC approved foods.
Tennessee WIC provides separate food lists for adults and infants. Infants can get cereal, vegetables, fruits, meat, and formula. You can find details of foods allowed for infants by clicking here. Women and children can buy whole grain wheat, cereal, fruits, vegetables, bread, milk, meat, fish, poultry, cheese, juices, dried beans, peas, eggs, peanut butter, and some canned foods. You can find the entire list of permitted foods within these categories by clicking here.
Tennessee WIC participants also receive advice and support for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding women are given special support service and equipment so that they learn about importance of breastfeeding. Those struggling to breastfeed their babies will receive one-on-one support and education. Breastfeeding women also receive special supplemental food package.
Tennessee WIC participants also receive nutrition education through classes and reading material. Since pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women need to consume nutritious food in order to keep their child healthy and strong, the program focuses on helping these women by developing an understanding about food nutrients and value of these nutrients in different foods. You can download brochures and other helpful material about nutrition from this link.
To apply for WIC benefits in Tennessee, you will have to call your local WIC office and get an appointment for interview. If you are applying for your child, make sure you are taking him or her with you. A nutrition expert at the WIC office will do some tests to determine nutrition risk and to plan diet for your child.
Tennessee WIC is available only for:
- Pregnant women
- Postpartum women
- Breastfeeding women
- Infants up to age of 1 year
- Children up to age of 5 years
Apart from meeting categorical requirements, the applicants will also have to meet the following basic eligibility requirements for the program
- Be a U.S citizen or a legal immigrant
- Be a resident of Tennessee
- Meet income guidelines for the program
- Be at nutritional risk
In order to receive benefits through Tennessee WIC, applicants will have to meet income guidelines for the program. The program requires applicant's gross annual household income to be within the following limits according to the size of household (persons living in it).
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For any additional person in the household, add $7,326 to annual household income limit to find out limits for your household.
For the purpose of Tennessee WIC, a household means people living together, buying food together, and preparing it together. These persons don't have to be relatives of any kind to be counted as one household. Pregnant women are considered two persons for counting total number of people living in the household.
Applicants have to be on nutrition risk in order to receive benefits from Tennessee WIC program. Nutrition risk is of two types i.e. health risk and medical risk. Such risk has to be determined by a qualified health professional to count as nutrition risk.
WIC Application Instructions
To apply for Tennessee WIC, you will have to get an appointment for an interview by calling your nearest WIC clinic. You can find contact information and physical address of WIC clinics in Tennessee by clicking here.
Please use the map to locate your nearest clinic. Click the location on the map to view contact details for the clinic. After you make an appointment with your nearest Tennessee WIC clinic, you will have to bring the following documents when visiting WIC clinic for interview:
- Proof of your identity
- Proof of your residency
- Proof of your household income
For more information on what documents can be used for proving residency, identity, and household income, please contact your nearest WIC clinic either on phone or visit in person.