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.
WIC Gets a Makeover
Goodbye paper checks! The new WIC Card looks like a debit card and makes buying groceries easy and convenient. Starting September 2019.
The New WIC Card Training for Families
Download the new California WIC App for free!
Visit the California WIC Family Portal myfamily.wic.ca.gov
There are many ways to find your WIC Food Balance
- Use the free WIC phone app
- Get a printout at your WIC office
- Look at your store receipt from your last shopping trip
- Ask a cashier or customer service person at the store to print your WIC Food Balance
- Call the toll free number on the back of your WIC Card, 1-844-4MY-FAMILY or 1-844-469-3264.
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
Welcome to the WIC Program videos
408-960-0900 for all WIC sites.
Locations and Hours
San Jose Main Site
- Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Thursday 8:00 am to 6:30 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