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Women, Infants, and Children

About WIC

Mother and Baby

WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children and is also called the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program. WIC is a federal program designed to provide supplemental food to low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children until the age of five. The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals for health care.  WIC has proven to be effective in preventing and improving nutrition related health problems.

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the WIC Program. The Tennessee Department of Health provides the services in about 140 county health department locations and hospital sites throughout the state.  The program serves about 165,000 eligible participants each month.  Participants must be residents of Tennessee, meet the gross income guidelines and be determined to be at nutritional or medical risk.

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Supplemental food instruments (vouchers) and cash value vouchers are issued to participants and can be used to purchase approved food items at any of the 900+ participating WIC authorized grocery stores and pharmacies.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT
OR CALL 1-800-DIAL-WIC (1-800-342-5942)

Click to view a list of local health departments

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write
U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Director, Office of Adjudication,
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
or call (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (202) 260-1026 (local).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Food Package

WIC foods provide nutrients essential for growth and development. These nutrients are provided by fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, low fat milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter and dry beans and special foods like soy beverages and tofu.

The WIC supplemental foods that are offered to participants are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ infant feeding guidance.

WIC Food Lists 2012-2014

Income Guidelines

WIC Income Eligibility Criteria for 2012-13

Income eligibility is uniform statewide and is determined at the local level by the Public Health Office Assistant (PHOA/clerk) in the health department.* The participant’s household gross income must be equal to or less than these WIC income guidelines (185% of Federal poverty).

WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines

July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

Family Size
Annual
Monthly
Twice Monthly
Bi-Weekly
Weekly
1
$21,257
$1,772
$886
$818
$409
2
$28,694
$2,392
$1,196
$1,104
$552
3
$36,131
$3,011
$1,506
$1,390
$695
4
$43,568
$3,631
$1,816
$1,676
$838
5
$51,005
$4,251
$2,126
$1,962
$981
6
$58,442
$4,871
$2,436
$2,248
$1,124
7
$65,879
$5,490
$2,745
$2,534
$1,267
8
$73,316
$6,110
$3,055
$2,820
$1,410
Each Add'l
Member Add
+7,437
+620
+310
+287
+144

*Do not allow hardship deductions from the above income poverty guidelines. A standard deduction has been included in all of the above income levels.

Participation Reports

Participation History Report by Month

Please choose a region from the drop down list below:


The following is the list of Metros:

The following table contains the counties that make up each region:

Northeast Tennessee Southeast Tennessee Mid-Cumberland Northwest Tennessee
Carter
Greene
Hancock
Hawkins
Johnson
Unicoi
Washington
Bledsoe
Bradley
Franklin
Grundy
Marion
McMinn
Meigs
Polk
Rhea
Sequatchie
Cheatham
Dickson
Houston
Humphreys
Montgomery
Robertson
Rutherford
Stewart
Sumner
Trousdale
Williamson
Wilson
Benton
Carroll
Crockett
Dyer
Gibson
Henry
Lake
Obion
Weakley
East Tennessee Upper Cumberland South Central West Tennessee
Anderson
Blount
Campbell
Claiborne
Cocke
Grainger
Hamblen
Jefferson
Loudon
Monroe
Morgan
Roane
Scott
Sevier
Union
Cannon
Clay
Cumberland
DeKalb
Fentress
Jackson
Macon
Overton
Pickett
Putnam
Smith
Van Buren
Warren
White
Bedford
Coffee
Giles
Hickman
Lawrence
Lewis
Lincoln
Marshall
Maury
Moore
Perry
Wayne
Chester
Decatur
Fayette
Hardeman
Hardin
Haywood
Henderson
Lauderdale
McNairy
Tipton

Last updated on November 2012