FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is WIC?

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children up to age 5. It provides nutritious supplemental foods, breastfeeding support, as well as nutrition education and referral to health care services at no cost to eligible families.

Who is eligible and who can apply?

  • Pregnant women
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • Women who have had a baby in the past six months
  • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply for their children
  • If you have a job or if you have private health insurance, you can still apply for WIC. You do not have to be married to apply for WIC.

You or your child must live in Idaho.  To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants’ income must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

What about fathers, grandparents?

Fathers and grandparents of children under the age of 5 are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program.  A parent or guardian can bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes, and receive and redeem benefits for their children.

How do I apply for WIC?

Call WIC today at 208-455-5330.

How do I find a WIC clinic?

Call 208-455-5330 for location and appointments. There are multiple WIC locations throughout Southwest Idaho to serve you:

Nampa/Caldwell Locations:

Main WIC Clinic
13307 Miami Lane, Caldwell Idaho
Open Daily 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Terry Reilly Health Service
2 locations in Nampa
Call 208-455-5330 for locations, days and times.

Canyon Community Clinic
1 location in Caldwell
Call 208-455-5330 for location, days and times.

Farmway
22730 Farmway Rd. #114, Caldwell Idaho
Call 208-455-5330 for days and times.

Union School
WIC Appointments available during the school year.

Payette
1155 Third Ave N., Payette Idaho
Open Daily, WIC Appointments available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Call 208-642-9321

Emmett
1008 E Locust, Emmett Idaho
Open Daily, WIC Appointments available on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Call 208-365-6371

Weiser
46 W. Court St., Weiser Idaho
Open Daily, WIC Appointments available on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Call 208-549-2370

Homedale
132 E. Idaho St, Homedale Idaho
Call 208-455-5330 for days and times.

Council
Council Church of the Nazarene
102 E. Exeter St., Council Idaho
Call 208-455-5330 for days and times.

Grandview
410 Roosevelt, Grandview Idaho
Call 208-455-5330 for days and times.

What happens at a WIC appointment?

After making an appointment at a WIC clinic near you, you can expect the following:

  • WIC staff will review income, residency and identification information with you.
  • Trained WIC staff will also conduct a health screening for all family members applying. This includes a finger stick blood test to check iron status (for older infants, children and women), measuring height and weight, and asking you some questions about your health and diet.
  • At the end of the appointment you will be told if your family is eligible for WIC services.
    • If you are eligible, you will receive benefits the day of your appointment.

What do I need to bring to my WIC appointment?

All Applicants need to bring the following to the first appointment:

  1. Adult Identification (Examples – Driver’s license, passport, social security card)
  2. Proof of Household Income (Only if you are not currently receiving Medicaid or SNAP) (Examples – Paystubs from last 30 days, recent tax return)
  3. Proof of Address (Examples – Driver’s license, mail, bill, recent rent receipt that shows address)
  4. For Pregnant women:
    1. Proof of Pregnancy with Due Date (Examples – Ultrasound, Doctor’s Note)
  5. For infants/children
    1. Infants/Children applying for WIC must be present for application appointment.
    2. Infant/Child Identification (Example – Immunization records, birth certificate, Infant’s hospital crib care, social security card)

What do I need to bring to my WIC appointment?

All Applicants need to bring the following to the first appointment:

  1. Adult Identification (Examples – Driver’s license, passport, social security card)
  2. Proof of Household Income (Only if you are not currently receiving Medicaid or SNAP) (Examples – Paystubs from last 30 days, recent tax return)
  3. Proof of Address (Examples – Driver’s license, mail, bill, recent rent receipt that shows address)
  4. For Pregnant women:
    1. Proof of Pregnancy with Due Date (Examples – Ultrasound, Doctor’s Note)
  5. For infants/children
    1. Infants/Children applying for WIC must be present for application appointment.
    2. Infant/Child Identification (Example – Immunization records, birth certificate, Infant’s hospital crib care, social security card)

How often do I have to come for a WIC appointment?

Most WIC families come to WIC once every three months.

What foods can I buy with WIC?

Check out WIC’s tasty and healthy food here.

What stores accept WIC?

Look for the WIC logo on the front of a grocery store near you.  Idaho WIC checks/vouchers can be used at any authorized WIC vendor in Idaho.

Does WIC work with farmers’ markets?

At this time, WIC is not accepted at farmers’ markets in Idaho.

Peer Counselor Program

Peer Counselors are current or former WIC participants who are trained to help new moms breastfeed their babies.  Peer Counselors are there for moms by appointment at the WIC Office or by phone/text evenings and weekends.

Non-Discrimination Statement

USDA is an equal opportunity provider. USDA es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.  To read full statement, click here.