The checks, vouchers or electronic benefit cards that Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, issues are accepted at about 47,000 retailers and state agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana, American Samoa and a number of Indian tribal organizations, as of November 2013. Some states distribute the food through special warehouses or deliver the food directly to qualifying program participants.Know More
Other outlets that participate in the WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program are schools, hospitals, community centers, migrant health centers, county health departments, public housing facilities and mobile clinics. Because the program is intended to supplement diets that lack nutritional food, the type of food that can be purchased with WIC benefits are limited. It includes milk, eggs, cheese, fruit and vegetable juices, canned fish, canned and dried peas and beans, baby foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-wheat bread, and iron-fortified cereal for children and adults. Priority recipients of WIC benefits include pregnant and breastfeeding mothers with medical or dietary problems, infants and children with medical or dietary problems, and other people who lack access to sufficient nutrition, such as migrants or the homeless.
To receive WIC benefits, participants must be residents of the state where they apply. They must also have incomes below the maximum determined by the state agency handling the WIC benefit program. Applicants already receiving Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SNAP benefits or other state aid automatically qualify for the WIC program.Learn more about Social Services
The territories of the United States are American Samoa, Guam, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau are former colonies that are in in Free Association with the United States.Full Answer >
The U.S. website for Kmart does allow users to find U.S. territory locations in Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but users need to visit the Australian Kmart website to locate stores throughout Australia. Formerly, Kmart also had stores in Canada, Mexico and Eastern Europe, but those locations were bought out in those countries.Full Answer >
To apply for the Women, Infants and Children Program, contact your state Department of Health, and get an appointment at your local agency. Go to the appointment with the children you want certified. Provide proof of income, address and identity at the agency. Then, have the necessary medical examinations.Full Answer >
Food stamp benefits administered under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are the same in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. However, the states administer SNAP, and some states have tougher restrictions on beneficiaries' assets, affecting an individual's ability to qualify for SNAP.Full Answer >