Am I Eligible?

Who is eligible for the WIC Nutrition Program in Maine?

Pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 are eligible. They must meet income guidelines, live in Maine, and be individually determined to be at "nutrition risk" by a health professional.

To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants' income must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. A person who receives MaineCare, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits automatically meet the income eligibility requirement.

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Income Guidelines

For the period of June 1, 2020-June 30, 2021, please see Updated Income Eligible Guidelines .

If you are pregnant, you may count yourself as two household members. Individuals who are certified as eligible for MaineCare, TANF or SNAP are considered automatically income-eligible for WIC.

What is "nutrition risk?"

Two major types of nutrition risk are recognized for WIC eligibility:

  • Medically-based risks such as anemia, underweight, overweight, history of pregnancy complications, or poor pregnancy outcomes
  • Dietary risks, such as failure to meet the dietary guidelines or inappropriate nutrition practices

Nutrition risk is determined by a health professional such as a physician, nutritionist, or nurse, and is based on Federal regulations. This nutrition assessment is free to program applicants.