Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides health screening and information, access to healthy foods, support, and referrals to other agencies. Pregnant women, postpartum women and families with children 0–5 years of age can participate in the WIC program (must be a Massachusetts family to qualify).
- WIC is for all kinds of families
- Our programs
- Do I qualify for WIC?
- How do I apply for WIC?
- What are WIC Checks and how do I use them?
- WIC welcomes men!
- For more information
WIC Support Groups
Married and single parents, working or the unemployed, fathers, mothers, grandparents, foster parents or other legal guardians of a child under 5 can apply for WIC benefits.
- Monthly benefit to buy healthy food
- Personalized nutrition consultations
- Tips for eating well to improve health
- Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family
- Immunization screening and referral
- Breastfeeding support
- Nutrition and health workshops on a variety of topics including:
- meal planning
- maintaining a healthy weight
- picky eaters
- caring for a new baby, and
- shopping on a budget
WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC for your child.
You can participate in WIC if:
- You live in Massachusetts
- You have a nutritional need (WIC staff can help to determine this)
- You are a pregnant or post partum (breastfeeding: up to 1 year postpartum; non-breastfeeding: up to 6 months postpartum)
- You have a child under the age of five
- You have a family income less than WIC guidelines [link to WIC guidelines]
You are automatically income eligible for WIC if you currently receive TAFDC, Food Stamps or Medicaid. Foster children under 5 are also automatically eligible for WIC.
Contact any Lynn Community Health Center WIC Program Location to set up an appointment:
Lynn Office: (781) 599-7290
Peabody Office: (718) 531-0871
Salem Office: (978) 744-2626
The WIC Card is a fast, easy, and convenient way to shop! WIC Purchases are as fast as making a purchase with a debit or credit card. You can purchase food for your whole family including:
- Fruit Juice
- Infant Formula
- Fresh Fruits and Vegetables*
- Peanut Butter
- Dried Beans/Peas
WIC Apps for your SmartPhone, tablet, or computer!
WIC has produced two apps that will help you track and manage your benefits.
With the WIC Shopper Mobile App you can view your current benefits, check in “real time” if the foods you are shopping for are eligible, access healthy recipes, and find a store that accepts the WIC Card. You need a smartphone to use this app, which can be found on Android Apps, Google Play, and iTunes.
WICSmart Online Nutrition Education is a resource for caregivers of children 2 and above. WIC particiants can complete required nutritional education classes assigned to them by their nutritionist online, at their convenience. You can access WICSmart from you desktop or laptop computer, or you can visit your app store and get the app for your smartphone or tablet.
WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandparents, stepparents, and other guardians play in caring for kids. Fathers and other caregivers of kids under 5 are encouraged to enroll and bring kids to appointments, attend nutrition and health workshops, and use WIC checks in grocery stores.
WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Visit the state of Massachusetts’ Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program page for more information.
LCHC WIC is an equal opportunity employer.