How To Apply For New Jersey WIC Program

If you are planning to apply for WIC benefits in New Jersey** then applicants must meet eligibility requirements for categorical, residential, income and nutrition risk. If you need to know how to contact your local WIC office, New Jersey WIC Office.

Categorical Requirement
WIC is setup to help serve certain categories. These categories are women, infants, and children. With these categories the following individuals are considered eligible for the WIC program:

WIC Requirements For Women
  • » Pregnant, during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth of an infant or end of the pregnancy
  • » Postpartum, up to 6 months after birth of the infant or end of the pregnancy
  • » Breast feeding, Up until the infants 1st birthday
WIC Requirements For Infants And Children
  • » Up to the infants/childs 1st birthday

New Jersey Residential Requirement
People who are applying for New Jersey WIC benefits must live in the state. Optionally, New Jersey may require applicants to live in a local service area and apply at a WIC clinic that serves that area. The amount of time living in New Jersey or the local service area is not required for applicants to meet the WIC residency requirement.

Nutrition Risk Requirement
All WIC applicants must be seen by a health professional such as a nurse, physician, or nutritionist so they can determine if the applicant is at nutrition risk. In most cases this can be done at the local WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant, though the applicant can see other health professionals such as their own physician. Some examples for nutrition risk are anemia (low blood levels), underweight, or history of poor pregnancy outcome. An applicant must have at least one of the medical or dietary conditions on the New Jersey list of WIC nutrition risk criteria.

Income Requirement
In order to be eligible for WIC in NJ an applicants income must be below a level or standard set by New Jersey or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs.

**Please note that this page gives you general guidelines for applying for WIC benefits. These guidelines can be different and change from time to time in New Jersey. So we recommend that you contact your local WIC Office in New Jersey to get the latest information for applying for these benefits.