WIC – Women, Infants, and Children Program
WIC, the is a federally funded nutrition program that helps pregnant women, postpartum mothers, infants and young children up to the age of 5 to eat well, be active, and stay healthy.
Information for new participants
Visit www.myfamily.wic.ca.gov for more information
The WIC Program provides
- Monthly healthy foods. The average cash value of WIC per participant is about $65 a month
- Infant formula if needed
- Tips to help families eat well and stay healthy
- Nutrition classes on-site or online
- Farmers’ Market food checks in the summer
- Social Service referrals such as Medi-Cal and CalFresh
- Breastfeeding support and supplies
- Help in finding medical and dental services
408-960-0900 for all WIC sites.
Locations and Hours
San Jose Main Site
- Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Silver Creek Site
- Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
- Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
IHC Pediatric Center
- Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Wednesday 9:00 am -1:00 pm
- Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
“I would like to take this time to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do. I look at my healthy, strong, breastfed 18 month old and know that I could not have done this without WIC. Days go by where I don’t know if I’ll have to feed my child “Top Romaine” for dinner. I think about how many days will pass without my son eating not one fruit or veggie . . . or eat at all. But I don’t have to think about these things for long because the WIC program bridges that gap for my son. So I send one million thank yous and hugs and kisses.” — WIC Participant, CA”
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Get WIC?
To qualify for WIC, you must meet income guidelines and be in any of the categories below:
- A pregnant woman
- A woman breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
- A woman who had a baby or was pregnant in the past 6 months
- A baby up to his or her first birthday
- A child up to his or her fifth birthday
Not sure if you qualify?
- You may qualify if you receive Medi-Cal or CalWORKs
- Babies and children cared for by their fathers, other guardians, or foster parents are also eligible.
- Working families and migrant families are also welcome to apply.
What should I expect at my first WIC appointment?
- A review of the WIC program services & benefits, including “How to use your WIC Card” Welcome to WIC video.
- An Individualized Nutrition Assessment for each qualifying member of your family.
- WIC is a free service for those who qualify. WIC is not part of Public Charge determination.
- Pregnant or recently had a baby.
- Have an infant or child under the age of five.
- At or below: WIC Income Guideline Table
- Foster parent of a child under the age of five.
- Working families and those on unemployment may qualify for WIC.
- If receiving Medi-Cal, TANF or SNAP services may qualify for WIC.
- Migrant workers may qualify for WIC and are encouraged to apply.
CPSP, the comprehensive perinatal services program, provides a wide range of services to Medi-Cal prenatal women. In addition to standard obstetric services, women receive enhanced services in the areas of nutrition, psychosocial and health education. All IHC prenatal patients who are receiving Medi-Cal.
MNT, medical nutrition therapy, is nutrition counseling, monitoring and evaluation provided by a Registered Dietitian to a variety of patients that typically results in the prevention, delay or management of diseases and/or condition. IHC medical providers will refer to the MNT dietitians as needed.
List of Providers
- Gina Schlocker, RD, WIC/Nutrition Director
- Kristi Blumstein, MA, RD, CDE, CPSP Coordinator
- Brittany Washington, MS, RD, Nutrition Education Coordinator