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Eligibility guidelines

Qualifying for WIC

Do you qualify for WIC? Use this prescreening tool to find out. This is only an estimate. You will still need to visit your local WIC clinic to apply in person.

To apply for WIC, call a local WIC program near you, or call 211 toll-free. For TTY relay call 711 or 1-800-735-2900. 


Who Is Eligible? 

WIC serves lower-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under age 5 who have health or nutrition risks. Many working families are part of WIC - 71% of Oregon WIC families are employed.

Applicants must meet four criteria to be eligible for WIC:

  • Live in Oregon.
  • Be a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant or a child under 5 years old.
  • Have a household income less than 185% of the federal poverty limit. (Individuals who can prove Fully eligible for Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan, TANF, SNAP/Food Stamps or FDPIR are automatically income eligible for WIC.)
  • Have a nutritional need or risk. 

Income Eligibility Criteria - Effective May 1, 2017


Number of Person(s) in Household

Gross Household Income
Annual Monthly Weekly
1  $22,311  $1,860  $430
2  $30,044  $2,504  $578
3  $37,777  $3,149  $727
4  $45,510  $3,793  $876
5  $53,243  $4,437  $1,024
6  $60,976  $5,082  $1,173
7  $68,709  $5,726  $1,322
8  $76,442  $6,371  $1,471
For each additional household member add:  + $7,733  + $645  + $149

 

"Household" means

a person or group of people, related or not, who usually (though not necessarily) live together and whose income and consumption of goods and services are related. In determining the size of household for a pregnant WIC applicant, count each fetus as an additional household member, unless the woman specifically waives the increase in number.

 

"Income" means

Gross income, including overtime, before deductions for income taxes, employee's social security taxes, insurance premiums, bonds, etc. The determination of the amount of a household's gross income shall not be considered reduced for financial hardships, medical bills, or child support.

Income includes
  1. Cash from salary (including overtime), wages, fees.
  2. Net income from farm and non-farm self-employment.
  3. Social security (including SSI for disabled individuals).
  4. Dividends or interest on savings or bonds, estates, trusts, or net rental income.
  5. Public assistance or welfare payments.
  6. Unemployment compensation.
  7. Government civilian employee or military retirement payments, or veteran's payments.
  8. Private pensions or annuities.
  9. Alimony or child support payment.
  10. Regular contributions from persons not living in the household.
  11. Net royalties.
  12. Student loan amounts in excess of attendance costs. Attendance costs are regular tuition and fees for students carrying at least a half-time workload as determined by the institution, and an allowance for books, supplies, and transportation required by the course of study.
  13. Other cash income or allowances from any resources that are readily available to the household.

 

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