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WIC

What is WIC?

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to qualified Massachusetts families. DotHouse Health is proud to be home to the Dorchester South/South Boston WIC Office.

WHAT DOES WIC OFFER?

WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids (under age 5) healthy. To do this, WIC provides:

  • Personalized nutrition consultants
  • Free, healthy food
  • Tips for eating well to improve health
  • Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance and other services that can benefit the whole family
  • Services in a number of languages including English, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

But that's not all! WIC also offers breastfeeding classes, one-on-one breastfeeding support, and parent groups with discussion about nutrition and other health topics that are important to their families.

WHO IS WIC FOR?

WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC for your child. You can participate in WIC if you:

  • Live in Massachusetts
  • Have a nutritional need (WIC staff can help you determine this)
  • Are a child under 5, or a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, and
  • Have a family income equal to or less than WIC guidelines.

INCOME ELIGIBLE GUIDLINES (April, 2016 - June, 2017)

HOUSEHOLD

YEARLY

MONTHLY

WEEKLY

1

$21,978

$1,832

$423

2

$29,637

$2,470

$570

3

$37,296

$3,108

$718

4

$44,955

$3,747

$865

5

$52,614

$4,385

$1,012

6

$60,273

$5,023

$1,160

7

$67,951

$5,663

$1,307

8

$75,647

$6,304

$1,455


If you are pregnant, you should count yourself as two.
You are automatically income eligible for WIC if you are currently receiving TAFDC, SNAP or MassHealth (MassHealth members with Family Assistance or CommonHealth coverage are not automatically income eligible.) Foster kids under age 5 are also automatically eligible for WIC.

Can men participate in WIC?
WIC welcomes men! WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandparents, stepparents, and other guardians play in caring for children. Fathers and other caregivers of children under 5 are encouraged to enroll and bring them to appointments, attend nutritional health workshops, and use WIC checks in grocery stores.

How do I apply for WIC?
Call the DotHouse Health WIC Program at 617-825-0805.

The new WIC Card is a faster, easier and more convenient way to shop!

WIC has moved from the old paper check system to a new electronic benefots card. Now, WIC purchases will be as fast and easy as making a purchase with a debit or credit card. All of the foods for your whole family will be together on one card.

What can I buy with WIC benefits?
WIC provides free healthy food with an average of $70 per month.

  • Baby Food
  • Brown Rice
  • Canned Fish
  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Dried or canned beans/peas
  • Eggs
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Infant Formula
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Tortillas
  • Tofu
  • Whole grain bread

What else does WIC offer?

  • WIC will help you apply for utility discounts - 25% off gas and electricity bills
  • Free entry for 4 people at the Museum of Science when you show your WIC card

Contact WIC today to see if you are eligible at 617-825-0805 or 1-800-WIC-1007 or visit www.mass.gov/wic.

WIC Office Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-1:00pm
Sunday: Closed