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The WIC target population is low-income, nutritionally at risk:
Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday)
Nonbreastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends)
Infants (up to 1st birthday). WIC serves 53 percent of all infants born in the United States.
Children up to their 5th birthday.
The following benefits are provided to WIC participants:
Supplemental nutritious foods
Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics
Screening and referrals to other health (such as immunizations), welfare, and social services
Substance abuse referral
To learn about all their benefits and services, visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-benefits-and-services
Examples of where WIC services are provided:
County health departments
Mobile clinics (vans)
Public housing sites
Migrant health centers and camps
Indian Health Service facilities
To apply to be a WIC participant, you will need to contact your state or local agency to set up an appointment. Check out your state's website or call the toll-free number. When you call to set up an appointment, someone will tell you the location nearest your home and what you need to bring with you.
*During the COVID-19 Pandemic, all applications will be done by phone and necessary documents can be faxed or emailed, please do not go to the WIC office.
Toll Free Florida: 1-800-342-3556
Monroe County Offices
Florida Department of Health Monroe County: 305-293-7500
Key West: 305-676-3852
Marathon and Tavernier: 305-676-3933
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A16
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1726
Rhonda Herndon, Bureau Chief
Toll Free: 1-800-342-3556
VOC Contact: 850-245-4202 OR 1-800-342-3556
New flexibility during Public Health Emergency
Department of Health (DOH) attained waiver allowing remote issuance. This waives the requirement that participants pick up their EBT cards in person at recertification or during nutritional education appointments.
WIC participants allowed to substitute certain foods. Under a waiver from USDA, WIC participants in Florida are allowed to substitute milk of any available fat content and whole wheat or whole grain bread in package sizes up to 24 oz. when 16 oz. packages are unavailable.
USDA waived physical presence requirements. Although the scope and logistics are unclear at this time, USDA has given DOH permission to waive the requirement that persons be physically present at each certification or recertification determination in order to determine eligibility under the program through May 31, 2020.
For general information, visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic
To view the USDA’s fact sheet, visit: https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/wic/wic-fact-sheet.pdf