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What is WIC?

WIC is a nutrition program that provides health education, healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and other services free of charge to pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children who qualify in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties.

Applying is simple. The first step is to call 301.933.6680 to make an appointment. CCI-WIC has 5 convenient locations, extended and weekend hours to fit your schedule.

When you come in for your appointment make sure to bring all family members applying for WIC services and the required documentation. Remember, only parents or legal guardians can enroll infants and children for WIC. There are certain income guidelines that you must meet in order to qualify.

Required Documentation for Applying

You must bring at least one form of identification (ID) for yourself and one form of ID for your infant or child who is applying for WIC. Here are the IDs that WIC accepts:

Adult applicants, parents and caretakers – acceptable ids

  • Driver’s license
  • Valid ID card with photo
  • Valid passport
  • U.S. military identification
  • School ID or record
  • Maryland state-issued ID with photo
  • Maryland  beginner’s permit
  • Current Maryland WIC ID folder (must be currently participating in WIC program)


Infants and children – acceptable ids

  • Birth certificate
  • Valid Social Security card
  • Foster child placement letter/notice
  • School ID or record
  • Infant’s hospital ID bracelet
  • Hospital birth card (crib card)
  • Current Maryland WIC ID card
  • Hospital footprint card with name

You must also bring in one item that proves where you live. The item must show your street address. (No P.O. Box numbers will be accepted.)

Proof of residency documents that WIC accepts

  •  Maryland driver’s license
  • Car registration
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage or rental agreement
  • Valid ID card with photo
  • Pay stub or military leave and earnings statement (LES) with address
  • Recent bill
  • Voter registration card
  • School record
  • Maryland beginner’s permit
  • Tax document
  • Letter from a reliable third party (such as a social worker, landlord, etc.) confirming your address

You must bring in proof of all income for every person living in your home.

Some of the proofs that WIC accepts

  • Active Medicaid card or notice of eligibility
  • SNAP notice of eligibility
  • TANF notice of eligibility
  • Most recent pay stub
  • Regular cash contributions: bring a signed/dated letter from any person (not living in the household) who regularly contributes income to the household
  • Unemployment letter/notice or Workers’ Compensation letter
  • Recent leave and earnings statement (LES) for military personnel
  • Foster child placement letter/foster parent award letter showing the amount received for foster care
  • Court order or divorce decree showing alimony and/or child support
  • Self-employment – Recent 1040 ES quarterly tax form or company account books (records) or 1040 form for the past year.
  • W-2 forms or income tax return for the most recent calendar year
  • Signed statement (to include the name of company, address, and telephone number) from employer indicating gross earning for a specific time period (such as weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly)

Please make sure to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. Call 301.933.6680 if you have any questions on what is required to bring prior to your appointment.

Income Guidelines

To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants’ gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.

WIC’s Benefits

WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental nutritious foods for your family.

 At every appointment you will receive:

  • Personalized nutritional counseling.
  • Our professional WIC staff will assign you a food package that provides participant-specific nutritious foods (milk, cheese, cereal, fruit juice, eggs, beans, whole grains, fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables, complementary foods, and formula for infants) in quantities that meet your needs. The food package assigned to breastfeeding mothers provides the largest variety and amounts of foods.
  •  You’ll be able to get these foods by using checks we’ll give you. You can redeem the checks in WIC-approved grocery stores and Farmers’ Markets.
  •  You will be WIC-certified for a set length of time according to the following guidelines:
    – Pregnant women are certified for the length of their pregnancy and up to six weeks postpartum.
    – Postpartum women are certified until six months after delivery.
    – Breastfeeding women are certified as long as they are breastfeeding or until their breastfed infants’ first birthday.
    – Infants are certified until their first birthday.Children are certified for one-year periods, up until the end of the month in which they turn 5 years old.
  • You’ll receive nutrition education. This is an important part of the WIC program. We will offer both individual and group education sessions throughout your certification period

The first step to apply for WIC or make an appointment is to call 301.762.9426

WIC Accomplishments

  • Over half of the infants in the US participate in WIC
  • 2 out of 3 WIC moms initiate breastfeeding
  • WIC referrals result in 32% higher childhood immunization rates
  • WIC provides nutritious supplemental foods based on science
  • WIC participants are up to 2 times as likely to receive well-child care
  • WIC Reduces premature births, infant mortality and anemia
  • Over 45,000 authorized stores offer healthy WIC foods to participants
  • Nationwide 10,000 WIC centers provide services to participants

“I’m very grateful for these services, which come at a time in my life where I don’t have health insurance. Great service for the community.”

— WIC Patient, Silver Spring