WIC is a federal program that provides specific nutritious foods along with nutrition and breastfeeding education at no cost. More than 7,000 individuals participate in WIC in Northern Kentucky.
WIC services are available at the Health Department’s county health centers and at certain off-site locations.
To be eligible for WIC, you must:
- Be a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman; OR an infant/children up to 5 years old
- Have a household income at or below 185 percent of the poverty level
- Meet income guidelines OR have a Kentucky medical card, receive Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) benefits or food stamps (SNAP), or have a pregnant woman or infant in the family who receives Medicaid or K-TAP
- Be a resident of Kentucky
Income guidelines updated: April 2019
Applying for WIC
You can set up an appointment to apply for WIC through a county health center.
Make sure you bring the following items to your appointment:
- Proof of household income, such as pay stubs, W-2 forms or current medical card
- Proof of residence, such as current bill with your address, bank statement, lease agreement, mortgage agreement or current medical card
- Proof of identity, such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, social security card, shot record or current medical card
What you will receive
Foods you or your children may receive through the WIC program include:
- Milk, cheese and yogurt
- Vitamin C-rich juices
- Iron-rich cereals
- Dried beans or peanut butter
- A baby may receive infant formula, infant meats, fruits, and vegetables and infant cereal
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains (bread, rice, pasta or tortillas)
Selling or trading WIC formula, foods of e-WIC cards is program violation that could result in criminal charges and/or disqualification from receiving future benefits.
WIC breastfeeding peer counseling program
Breastfeeding peer counselors can assist mothers enrolled in WIC who plan to breastfeed. The peer counselors are all moms who have breastfed successfully and have participated in WIC. Peer counselors provide support anytime a new mother needs it. For more information, please contact Nancy Merk or call 859-363-2113.