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Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

What is WIC?

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides nutritious food such as milk; cheese; eggs; fruit juice; dried beans or peas; peanut butter; whole grain bread, pasta and tortillas; brown rice; fruits; vegetables; iron-fortified cereals; and iron-fortified infant formula.

WIC also provides nutrition education and breastfeeding support through individual counseling and group classes. A nutritionist will talk to you about the best foods for you and your family.

Who can apply for WIC?

  • Women: Pregnant or breastfeeding women (up to infant’s first birthday), or those who have had a baby in the last six months.
  • Infants: Under 12 months
  • Children: Under 5 years

Who is eligible for WIC?

You must meet financial guidelines and have a medical or nutritional need:

  • Financial guidelines: Based on family size. The larger your family, the higher your income can be. You may be employed or be receiving assistance. For current income eligibility guidelines visit the state of Connecticut WIC program website.
  • Medical/nutritional need: Your medical provider or clinic should fill out a WIC certification form. A recent height, weight and blood test are required. Blood tests are not needed for infants.

After the form has been completed, call the WIC office of your choice for an appointment. When you come in you will need to bring the WIC certification form, your child or infant (if applying for a child or infant), and proof of income and residency. Examples of proof of income are one month of current paystubs, a HUSKY card, and unemployment or child support documents. Proof of residency is something that shows your name and address such as a paystub, driver’s license, utility bill or bank statement. WIC staff will review your application information. You will then meet with a Nutritionist and, if you are eligible, you will receive your food benefits on an eWIC card to purchase WIC approved foods at local grocery stores.

How long am I eligible? 

  • A woman can stay on WIC for the entire length of her pregnancy and up to six months after delivery. Breastfeeding women may stay on the program for one year after delivery.
  • Children may be eligible up to 5 years of age. Infants and children must be recertified periodically to determine if they are still eligible – medically and financially.

Where do I go?

There are four full-time WIC offices in New Haven. They are located at:

Yale New Haven Hospital
500 Elm Street, West Haven CT
phone: 203-789-3563
fax: 203-867-5208

Yale New Haven Health
150 Sargent Drive, 2nd floor
phone: 203-688-5150
fax: 203-688-7264

Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center
428 Columbus Avenue
phone: 203-503-3080
fax: 203-503-6508

Fair Haven Community Health Center
374 Grand Avenue
phone: 203-773-5007
fax: 203-777-8506

The New Haven WIC Program also goes to Branford, Hamden, Milford and West Haven on a regular basis. For Branford and Hamden information, call 203-789-3563. For West Haven and Milford information, call 203-503-3080. You may choose whichever site is most convenient for you.  

You can also visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service WIC website, the Connecticut Department of Health's WIC website, or USDA's main website

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Electronic Benefits 

Learn more about Connecticut eWic