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WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program

Cambridge/Somerville WIC Program

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children referred to as WIC is a free nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five years old who meet the WIC income guidelines and are found to have a nutrition risk.


Who Can Apply? WIC Frequently Asked Questions How can I find out if I am Eligible? WIC Income Guidelines What does WIC Provide? How do I apply for WIC? USDA Nondiscrimination Clause

WIC improves the health of women, infants and children. The foods provided through WIC are good sources of nutrients that are often absent from the diets of women and young children. Pregnant women have healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births. WIC nutrition counseling helps to influence individual and family lifelong nutrition and health behaviors.

The Cambridge/Somerville WIC program has offices in Arlington, Bedford (for military personnel only), Cambridge, North Cambridge, Somerville, and Watertown. Click here for the full list. The program has bi-lingual and bi-cultural staff.

The Cambridge/Somerville WIC Program provides:

  • Food benefits - nutritious foods that support a healthy pregnancy, infant and child growth
  • Private consultation with a registered/licensed dietitian
  • Group counseling/nutrition and health educational sessions
  • Breastfeeding Counseling and Support by Peer Counselors
  • Health Care and other Social Service referrals to help improve your family’s overall health
  • Workshops
  • Online Nutrition Education

For more information call: 617-575-5330

Who Can Apply?

Families/Individuals receiving TAFDC, SNAP, or Medicaid are automatically eligible. Foster children are automatically eligible. (MassHealth members with Family Assistance or CommonHealth coverage are not automatically income eligible).

If you are not automatically eligible, click here to see if you may be eligible. WIC staff will make the final decision on your eligibility on the day of your appointment.

US Citizenship is not required.

What is WIC?

WIC is a federally-funded program administered by the Massachusetts of Department of Public Health and implemented across the state by local programs. It is available to low/moderate income-eligible:

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding Women (up to one year)
  • Postpartum women (up to six months)
  • Infants and children ages 1-5 years*

*Families with foster children are eligible to apply

How can I find out if I am Eligible?

To be eligible you must schedule an appointment and:

  • Bring proof that you live in Massachusetts
    • Bring documentation of where you live. Examples include a utility bill, a postmarked piece of mail addressed to you at your address, your lease or a rent receipt from your landlord, a bank statement, bank book or checkbook, or your driver’s license or other ID card.
  • Bring Proof of identity
    • Bring proof for everyone who will be on the WIC program. Examples include driver’s license, birth certificate, MassHealth card or a Social Security Card.
  • Be seen by a WIC nutritionist to determine your nutritional risk. To be at nutritional risk may mean just not eating enough fruits/vegetables or if you or your child are anemic, have a chronic condition, are overweight, or underweight, An infant who was born with a low birth weight or premature would also be at nutritional risk.
  • Bring proof of total household income that falls within program guidelines. Below are the 2015 income guidelines

WIC Income Guidelines

Household size* Yearly Monthly Bi-weekly Weekly
1

$21,775

$1,815

$838

$419

2

$29,471

$2,456

$1,134

$567

3

$37,167

$3,098

$1,430

$715

4

$44,863

$3,739

$1,726

$863

5

$52,559

$4,380

$2,022

$1,011

6

$60,255

$5,022

$2,318

$1,159

7

$67,951

$5,663

$2,614

$1,307

8

$75,647

$6,304

$2,910

$1,455

For each
additional family
member
add…

+$7,696

+$642

+$296

+$148

If you are pregnant, count yourself as two. Foster kids under age 5 are automatically income eligible.

Families/Individuals receiving TAFDC, SNAP, or Mass Health (Medicaid) when applying for WIC are automatically eligible (MassHealth members with Family Assistance or CommonHealth coverage are not automatically income eligible.). Foster children are automatically eligible.

 

What does WIC Provide?

  • WIC provides Food benefits
    • Nutritious foods that support a healthy pregnancy, infant and child growth
      • For a list of foods available through WIC click here
      • For a list of grocery stores and pharmacies where the WIC card is accepted click here
  • Private consultation with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Group health and nutrition counseling
    • FITWIC- Learn how to encourage your child to be active. Parents will observe and guide their child to activities that fit their skill level and build their self-confidence
    • MyPlate - Learn ways to include all food groups in meals and snacks throughout the day
    • Shopping Tours – Learn ways to shop on a budget and make tasty recipes using WIC foods
  • Breastfeeding Counseling and Support
  • Health Care and other Social Service Referrals
  • Workshops
    • Happiest Baby on the Block
      • A free prenatal workshop that covers a range of topics on birth and parenting
    • Baby Massage
      • A series of workshops for caregivers of new infants. Baby massage helps baby sleep better and reduces stress
  • WIC Smart Online Nutrition Education

How do I apply for WIC?

Call our main office in Somerville at 617-575-5330 to schedule an appointment at any site or call the local site office during office hours.

Cambridge: (617)-665-3750

North Cambridge: (617) 575-3750

Arlington: (781) 646-2032

Bedford (military personnel only): (781)862-1420

Watertown: (617) 972-5502

USDA Nondiscrimination Clause

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Contact Us

Maria Bettencourt
Program Director
Phone: (617) 575-5343

Joanna Pan
Senior Nutritionist
Phone: (617) 575-5340

Melissa Johnson
Assistant Director
Phone: (617) 575-5342

Nancy Powers
Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (617) 575-5347