Frequently Asked Questions about WIC
Q. If I am not a U.S citizen, can I get WIC?
A. Yes. WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status, and participation in WIC will not affect your immigration or naturalization status.
Q. If I am working, can I still qualify for WIC?
A. Yes. Many working families qualify for WIC. Because WIC is a health program, its income guidelines are more generous than other programs.
Q. If I live with my boyfriend, does that disqualify me from WIC?
A. WIC looks at the household income to see if you are eligible. If you are living with someone, WIC needs to include their income when determining your eligibility. If you have questions, call your local WIC office.
Q. How many paychecks do I need to bring for proof of my income?
A. It depends on things like whether your income changed recently or if you earn a regular amount each pay period. The best thing to do is ask the WIC staff when you make your appointment.
Q. Does child support count as income?
A. Yes. Child support counts as income for the household receiving the support. But it is not deducted from the household making the payment.
Q. Will participation affect my income taxes?
A. No. WIC participation will not affect your taxes.
Q. How do I cash the WIC check?
A. The WIC staff will explain how to cash your WIC check at your local grocery store. They will also provide you with a list of the foods that you can buy. WIC also trains the store staff, so if you have questions, they can help you too.
Q. How long can I stay on WIC?
A. If you meet the income requirements:
- Babies and children can stay on WIC until they turn 5.
- Women can remain on WIC through their pregnancy and then can enroll again after their baby is born.
- Women who are breastfeeding can stay on WIC until their baby’s first birthday.
- Women who are formula feeding their baby can stay on WIC until their baby is 6 months old.
Q. What about dads?
A. Dads of babies and children younger than 5 can enroll their children in the WIC program. Just like any other parent or guardian, dads can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes and get benefits for their children.
Q. What if I have other questions?
A. Contact a WIC office near you. You can go to any WIC clinic in North Dakota that works for you.