About the Program
WIC, the Women, Infants, and Children program, is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well, learn about good nutrition and stay healthy.
- Checks that can be used to purchase healthy foods such as milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans and peas, or peanut butter
- Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy
- Support and information about breastfeeding your baby
- Help in finding health care and other community services
- Breast pumps to help support breastfeeding mothers
People eligible for WIC are:
WIC is for all kinds of families: married & single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5 years of age, you can apply for your child.
Women and their children who need better nutrition and who are:
- Pregnant, breastfeeding, or a six month old baby;
- Children under 5 years old (including foster children)
You can participate in WIC if you:
- Live in Alaska
- Have a nutritional need (WIC staff can help determine this)
- Are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman
- Postpartum or a six month old baby
- Have a child under 5
- Have a family income meeting WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines.
How do I apply?
Call to make an appointment. At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify. If you live in a community without a WIC office, you can apply through your village health clinic or Public Health Nurse.
WIC has local offices all over Alaska. Click here to locate the WIC office in your community.
What do I bring to a WIC appointment?
- ID for yourself and each child
- Proof you are an Alaska resident, such as your driver’s license, voter registration, library card, any bill with your address on it, rent or mortgage receipt
- Proof of income such as paycheck stubs or a W2 Form, proof that you get Food Stamps, Medicaid, Denali Kid Care or free or reduced price School Lunch
- Proof of pregnancy if pregnant
- Bring any children you are applying for
- Completed application forms (if you filled them out before your appointment)
There are WIC offices at Fort Richardson, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Eielson Air Force Base, and Fort Wainwright. Military families can also apply for WIC at any other WIC office in the state. You can use your WIC checks at military commissaries.