How To Apply For Tennessee WIC

To be eligible for Tennessee WIC Program applicants must meet all of the WIC eligibility requirements which include categorical, residential, income and nutrition risk. You can also check to see if you are eligible for WIC benefits in Tennessee by using the pre-screening tool online. The length of time you are on the Women, Infants and Children program depends on whether the individual is pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, an infant, or a child. An eligible person usually receives Tennessee WIC benefits from 6 months to a year, at which time they must reapply.


Waiting List For Tennessee WIC Benefits

When the WIC agency does not have enough money for everyone who is applying for WIC they keep a waiting list of applicants who want to apply and are likely to be eligible. When this happens they use what is called a Priority System to determine who will get Tennessee WIC benefits first. This system ensures that WIC services and benefits are provided first to participants with the most serious health conditions.


WIC Category Requirements In Tennessee

  • Women
    • During pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after the birth of an infant or the end of the pregnancy
    • Postpartum up to six months after the birth of the infant or the end of the pregnancy
    • Breastfeeding up to the infant's first birthday
  • Infants
    • Up to the infant's first birthday
  • Children
    • Up to the child's fifth birthday

WIC Residential Requirements In Tennessee

Applicants must be a resident of Tennessee. If you are an applicant and live in an area where WIC is administered by an Indian Tribal Organization, then you must meet residency requirements established by the ITO. Applicants are not required to live in Tennessee or a local service area for a certain amount of time to meet the WIC eligibility requirements. At the option of the local state agency a WIC applicant may be required to live in a local service area and apply for benefits at a WIC clinic near that area.


WIC Income Requirements In Tennessee

To be eligible for Tennessee WIC benefits an applicant must have an income that is at or below the income level set by the local state agency or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs.

  • Income Standard
    • The income standard must be 100% of the Federal poverty guidelines, but note more than 185%
    • View the WIC Income Guidelines for each state
  • Automatic Income Eligibility
    • Some applicants can be considered income-eligible for Tennessee WIC based on their participation in certain programs. This could include:
      - Eligible to receive SNAP benefits, Medicaid, for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
      - Certain family members eligible to receive Medicaid, TANF or
      - Individuals that are eligible to participate in certain other state-administered programs

WIC Nutrition Risk Requirements In Tennessee

If you are applying for WIC benefits you then must be seen by a health professional. This could include someone like a physician, nurse, or nutritionist. They must determine if you are at a nutrition risk. Usually this can be done through one of the local Tennessee WIC clinics at no cost to the applicant. If you have a phyisican you already see then you can obtain this information from them. Being a nutrition risk means that an individual has a medical-based or dietary-based condition, this could include anemia, underweight or history of poor pregnancy. They must at least get the applicant's height and weight along with bloodwork to check for anemia.

**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. So we recommend that you contact your local WIC Office to get the latest information for applying.

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