What makes a participant eligible for WIC?
An applicant is considered eligible for WIC when they are determined categorically, residentially and income eligibleand have a nutritional risk. Categorical Eligible includes:
- Women who are
- Prenatal (Category = P)
- Breastfeeding Postpartum, nursing a baby up to one year old (Category = B)
- Non-Breastfeeding postpartum, up to 6 months after a pregnancy has ended (Category = N)
- Infants, a child under one year old (Category = I)
- Children, from 1 year old up to age 5 (Category = C)
In addition to Categorical Eligibility participants must be residents (as defined in WOM ER# 3.01800) and within income guidelines. These items must be documented in the MOWINS data system along with a proof of ID. A Nutritional Risk is now assumed for all WIC participants.