Women, Infants & Children.
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. We have WIC clinics in Everett (425.252.5303) and Lynnwood (425.258.8400), Wash.
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 income eligible families
- Breast pumps
- Referral to 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.
- Breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
- Have had a baby in the past 6 months
- 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 -- getting WIC does not affect your immigration status
- Insured through private health insurance
- A father of children under the age of 5
How to apply for WIC
You can call or visit the Everett (425.252.5303) or Lynnwood (425.258.8400) WIC clinic to find out if you are eligible for services and to schedule your first WIC/ First Steps appointment.
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of income for everyone in the household (including salaries, child support and alimony, foster care payments, interest withdrawn, unemployment compensation, and military earnings)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, hospital record, Provider One card or medical insurance card)
- 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 11, 2016
|Number of people
in your household*
*If you are pregnant, include each unborn child in household size.
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
3020 Rucker Avenue, Suite 100
Everett, WA 98201
Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health District WIC/First Steps Clinic – Lynnwood
6101 200th SW, Suite 100
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 1:30 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