WIC

Women Infants Children
“You all helped us a lot in this time of need. My family and I will always pray for you. GOD bless you all and your families" -A graduate student parent who uses WIC
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Good Food, and a Whole Lot More!

WIC (Women, Infants, & Children)

What We Do:

WIC helps you buy fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese and bread if you are pregnant, postpartum (chest/breastfeeding or non-chest/breastfeeding), or have a child under 5.

Our goal is to get families off to a healthy start. To do this, WIC provides:

  • Free, healthy food & formula
  • Chest/breastfeeding support
  • Tips for eating well to improve your health
  • Personalized nutrition consultations
  • Family support worker to help with referrals and additional needs

You may qualify for WIC

If you are:

  • pregnant
  • postpartum
  • chest/breast feeding
  • an infant
  • child under 5 years old

If you live in;

  • Franklin County
  • Hampshire County
  • North Quabbin area

and make under a certain amount of money each year.

If you qualify for these programs, then you automatically for WIC

  • SNAP (food stamps)
  • some types of Mass Health
  • Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or cash assistance (TAFDC)
  • all foster children up to the age of 5

You can check to see if you qualify for WIC here.

How do I sign up?

Call your local WIC office at 413-376-1160.

Set up a WIC appointment with our staff member or leave your best contact number and spell your name so a staff member can return your call.

Apply for WIC online at www.mass.gov/wic. Your application will be sent to your local WIC office and a WIC staff member will contact you to set up an appointment.

I know someone who might qualify for WIC. How should I connect them?

You can check to see if you qualify for WIC here. Or contact Karin Anderson, WIC Community Coordinator at 413-376-1155, kanderson@communityaction.us

What can I expect from WIC after I enroll?

You will go to four nutrition appointments each year (some families may need to have more appointments.)

A WIC nutritionist will examine your child and measure their growth and the amount of iron in their blood. They will ask you questions about your health and pregnancy history, and make sure you feel confident about your child’s nutrition. They will also support you with chest/breastfeeding.

WIC appointments are either in-person or virtual.

Do I have to be a US Citizen to get WIC? Does getting WIC services make me a public charge?

WIC welcomes all families. You do not have to be a US citizen or have a Green Card.

Being on WIC does not make you a Public Charge.

You can check to see if you are eligible for WIC here.

How do I use my WIC food benefits?

Your WIC food benefits are on a card that can be used like a debit card.

You can share your WIC Card and PIN number with a family member, friend, or anyone you trust to do the shopping.

You can use WIC benefits at approximately 850 authorized grocery stores and pharmacies.

Your WIC food benefits must be used monthly. You are not required to buy all the food benefits at one time.

WIC benefits do not roll over to the next month.

‘Swipe’ your WIC Card first at the register BEFORE any other form of payment, including SNAP. Your WIC card will pay for any food that is covered by WIC, and then show what is left.

No fees to replace lost, damaged or stolen WIC Cards.

How do I know what foods I can buy with WIC?

Many WIC-eligible foods are marked with WIC labels at the grocery store or pharmacy.

We also have an app called WICShopper, which you can use to review your available foods or formula.

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CONTACT INFO FOR THE PROGRAM

Main Phone: 413-376-1160
Email: wic@communityaction.us
Address: See Below
Hours: Call for Appointments between
8:30a – 4:30p

Click here to read our nondiscrimination statement.
Walk-ins Welcome at certain times – See Below

Greenfield
3 Osgood Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone: 413-376-1160
Mondays: 10:30a-6:30p
Tuesdays: 8:30a-4:30p
Fridays: 8:00a-3:00p

Amherst
1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: 413-548-1285
Wednesdays: 9:30a-6:30p
2nd and 4th Thursdays: 8:30a-4:30p

Northampton
Silk Mill Building, 15 Straw Avenue, Suite 112, Florence, MA 01062
Phone: 413-387-1244
Mondays: 10:30a-6:30p
1st and 5th Thursdays: 8:30a-4:30p
Fridays: 8:00a-3:00p

Orange
119 New Athol Road, Suite 150 Orange, MA 01364
Phone: 978-544-8093 ​
Wednesdays: 9:30a-6:30p
Thursdays: 8:30a-4:30p

Each site alternates Saturday every 3 months – call for details.

Forms, Documents & Downloads

Medical Referral Form Parent & Infant
Medical Referral Form Children & Infants
Release of Information (ROI)
Request for Special Food and Formula 2023 (1)
Making The Most of your WIC Benefits
WIC Eligibility Agreement 2020
WIC Rights and Responsibilities