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Women, Infants and Children
The Snohomish Health District Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program has clinics in Everett and Lynnwood to help pregnant women, moms and families with food assistance and education. WIC assistance for low income families makes a lifelong difference in the health of children.
WIC gives pregnant women, new moms, infants, and children a healthy start by providing:
  • Free checks of $50 to $100 a month to purchase healthy foods at your local grocery store
  • Breastfeeding tips and support
  • Help finding health care and other services
  • Nutrition and health screenings, education and counseling
Extra help for low income families
The friendly, caring nurses and staff at Snohomish Health District WIC clinics offer other services too:
  • Free breast pumps on-loan for working moms
  • Immunizations for adults and babies
  • Dental health services at no cost to WIC families
  • First Steps – free Medicaid health insurance and support services to help pregnant women and babies succeed
Referrals to other support services
The WIC clinic can help you find out about other programs and help connect you to services that may be helpful to you and your family. We have information on:
  • Free or low-cost health, medical, dental insurance
  • Prenatal care, pregnancy help and support
  • Free or low-cost birth control and family planning
  • Programs to help pay for child care
  • Food banks and nutrition programs—Basic Food Program, Summer Meals Program, etc.
  • Substance abuse treatment
WIC in Snohomish County
Snohomish Health District has WIC clinics in downtown Everett and in Lynnwood.
  • SHD WIC Clinic - Everett
    3020 Rucker Avenue, Suite 100
    Everett, WA 98201
    Phone: 425.252.5303  Fax: 425.252.5306
    Hours: Mon - Thurs: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm & Fri: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Directions: Driving Transit

  • SHD WIC Clinic - Lynnwood
    6101 200th SW, Suite 100
    Lynnwood, WA 98036
    Phone: 425.258.8400  Fax: 425.258.8410
    Hours: Mon - Thurs: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm & Fri: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Directions: Driving Transit
Pregnancy Aid offers WIC services at clinics in other areas of Snohomish County. For the clinic closest to you, contact 1.800.322.2588 or visit www.parenthelp123.org.
Who qualifies for WIC help?
The WIC program serves almost half of all children born in Washington state, and thousands of families in Snohomish County are WIC clients. Many people who are eligible for services don’t realize it and never apply. If you get DSHS Medical, TANF, or Basic Food (food stamps) you are automatically eligible for WIC. Income guidelines for WIC are based on the number of people in your family.
Who is eligible?
  • Pregnant women
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • Women who have had a baby in the past six months
  • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply on behalf of their children
You can apply for WIC even if you are:
  • Not married
  • Employed - over 69 percent of WIC families have jobs
  • In the Navy or other military service
  • Not a U.S. citizen – you just need to live in Washington state
  • Insured through private health insurance
  • Fathers of children under the age of 5 are welcome to enroll their children
Income guidelines for WIC are updated once a year based on federal poverty standards.
Income Guidelines
(Effective 4/1/2013)
Family Members Monthly Income
1 person $1,772
2 $2,392
3 $3,011
4 $3,631
5 $4,251
6 $4,871
7 $5,490
8 $6,110
9 $6,730
10 $7,350
11 $7,969
12 $8,589
13 $9,209
14 $9,829
15 $10,448
16 $11,068
17 $11,688
18 $12,308
19 $12,928
20 $13,548
21+ $610 each
How to apply for WIC
WIC staff will help you apply for the program when you visit them for your first appointment at our Lynnwood or Everett WIC clinic.
  • At this visit, your household income and the health of each possible WIC participant (such as baby, mom, children under 5) will be reviewed.
  • On that day, you will find out if you and your children qualify for WIC.
  • You will go home with a check to purchase healthy food for you and your baby
What to bring to your first WIC visit:
  • Each family member who might receive WIC services should be there (such as baby, mom, children under 5)

  • Proof of income for everyone in the household. Income includes such things as: salaries, child support and alimony, foster care payments, interest withdrawn, unemployment compensation, and military earnings

  • Proof of where you live such as a utility bill, bank/insurance statement, or driver's license. The document must be current and show your name and address (no P.O. boxes)

  • Official identification for you and for any infant or child applying for WIC, such as a birth certificate, driver's license, crib card, military ID, photo ID, Social Security Card, or hospital record

  • Immunization record for each child, to show the vaccination shots they have received

  • If you receive Basic Food Program benefits (food stamps), DSHS Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), you are automatically eligible for WIC. It is helpful to bring your current “Notice of Case Action” letter
WIC benefits
In addition to the program service of free food, health screenings and nutrition information and support, WIC has many other short and long-term benefits for mothers and children:
  • Children on WIC:
    • Have a better diet
    • Are more likely to have normal childhood growth
    • Have less childhood anemia
    • Have better immunization rates
    • Have better access to pediatric health care
    • Have increased vocabulary and memory scores

  • Pregnant women on WIC:
    • Have a better diet
    • Get into prenatal care earlier in pregnancy
    • Have fewer premature babies
    • Have fewer low birth-weight babies
    • Experience fewer fetal and infant deaths

  • Cost benefits of WIC:
    • Every WIC dollar used to serve pregnant women saves $1.92 to $4.21 in Medicaid costs
    • WIC reduces the rate of very low birth-weight babies by 44%. It costs between $30,000 and $70,000 to raise a low birth-weight baby to normal weight

  • See the federal Food & Nutrition Service website for more research on “How WIC Helps.”
Resources
List of WIC Resources:
  1. Breastfeeding Resources for Snohomish County  file
  2. La Leche League of Washington  web
  3. National Women's Health Information Center  web
  4. Teen Parent Resources  snohd
  5. Washington State WIC page web  web
  6. WithinReach non-profit organization  web

Last Reviewed and updated 12/14/2012