What is WIC?

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and referrals to other social services to women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum. Infants and children up to their fifth birthday may also receive benefits.

Who is eligible for WIC?

Pregnant women, Breastfeeding women up to their infants’ first birthday, Post-partum women, Infant Children (1-year-old up to fifth birthday). To receive WIC benefits, you must: live in the state of Louisiana and meet income guidelines or be enrolled in Medicaid or receive SNAP or TANF benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. It is hard for me to get off of work or school to come to all of the WIC appointments. What can I do?
A.The WIC program lets you have a proxy, or another person, go to certain appointments for you and pick-up your WIC vouchers. The SWLA Center for Health Services staff will explain this to you in further detail.

Q. I can’t take my child out of school to go to so many WIC appointments. What can I do?
A. Children should be present at their first visit, but there are certain times when the child does not have to be present. The SWLA Center for Health Services staff will explain this to you in further detail.

Q. Do I need to be eligible for Medicaid to qualify for WIC?
A. No, you just need to meet the income guidelines. You can find the income guidelines by contacting SWLA Center for Health Services WIC staff at 337-439-9983

Call and make an appointment and find out if you and/or your children are eligible for WIC. You will need to bring proof of income, residency and identification to your WIC appointment. The certified WIC department staff at SWLA has more than 50 years of combined experience. And will be happy to assist you.

The links below is the direct link to the Department of Health and Human Services. These links will provide you with additional information about the Louisiana WIC Program.