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WIC Nutrition

Pregnant women, infants, and children under 5 can get help with food and advice from the Snohomish Health District’s Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) program. 

Let WIC make a lifelong difference in your family's health with:

  • Monthly checks to buy healthy food ($50–$100)
  • Breastfeeding tips and support
  • Help finding health care and community programs
  • Nutrition and health screenings, education, and counseling

Extra help for low-income families

  • Breast pumps for working WIC moms
  • Dental and oral health services
  • Maternal infant support through public health nurses in our First Steps program

Who is eligible for WIC help?

WIC is for women, infants and children with limited income. You might already be eligible for services and not even know it. If you receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Basic Food stamps or other federal food assistance such as for tribal members, you are automatically eligible for WIC.

Eligible women:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • Have had a baby in the past 6 months

Eligible families:

  • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under 5 on behalf of their children

You can apply for WIC even if you are:

  • Not married
  • Employed — more than 69 percent of WIC families have jobs
  • In the Navy or other military service
  • Not a U.S. citizen — you only need to live in Washington state
  • Insured through private health insurance
  • A father of children under the age of 5

How to apply for WIC

WIC staff will help you apply for assistance when you visit the Everett or Lynwood clinic for your first appointment. At this visit, your household income and the health of each possible WIC participant — such as baby, mom, and children under 5 — will be reviewed. You will find out that day if you and your children qualify for WIC.

What to bring to your first WIC visit

  • Each family member who might receive WIC services - bring the children under age 5
  • Proof of income for everyone in the household (including salaries, child support and alimony, foster care payments, interest withdrawn, unemployment compensation, and military earnings)
  • Proof of residence (utility bill, bank/insurance statement, or driver’s license); the document must be current and show your name and street address (no P.O. boxes)
  • Official identification for you and for any infant or child applying for WIC (birth certificate, driver’s license, crib card, military ID, photo ID, Social Security Card, or hospital record)
  • Immunization record for each child
  • Notice of Case Action letter if you receive Basic Food benefits, TANF, or FDPIR.

WIC income guidelines

Eligibility for WIC assistance depends on household size and monthly income:
Effective April 1, 2014

Number of people in your household Maximum monthly income
2 $2,426
3 $3,051
4 $3,677
5 $4,303
6 $4,929

WIC clinic locations and hours

Snohomish Health District WIC/First Steps clinics are located in downtown Everett and in Lynnwood near Highway 99. Pregnancy Aid offers WIC services at clinics in other areas of Snohomish County. For the clinic closest to you, call 800.322.2588 or visit Parent Help.

Health District WIC/First Steps Clinic – Everett

425.252.5303
3020 Rucker Avenue, Suite 100
Everett, WA 98201

Hours:
Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Health District WIC/First Steps Clinic – Lynnwood

425.258.8400
6101 200th SW, Suite 100
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Hours:
Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Benefits of help from WIC nutrition

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

Contact us

WIC/First Steps

Cal for an appointment so we can help.
Everett: 425.252.5303
Lynnwood: 425.258.8400

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Did you know?

The WIC program helps nearly half of all children born in Washington. Most parents on WIC have jobs, but need help feeding their children.