WIC eligibility

To participate in the Colorado WIC Program, you must meet the following three criteria:
1. Categorical.
You must be one of the following:
  • Pregnant woman.
  • Breastfeeding woman (up to one year after the delivery of a baby).
  • Postpartum woman who isn't breastfeeding (up to six months after the delivery of a baby).
  • Infant.
  • Child up to 5 years of age.
Not all categories are served in all Colorado counties. In Weld, Rio Grande, Conejos and Costilla counties the categories served by WIC are limited because of the availability of the Commodity Supplemental Foods Program.
2. Income.
To financially qualify for the WIC Program, your combined household gross income can't exceed the WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEG). The WIC IEGs are 185 percent of the Poverty Guidelines published in the Federal Register on March 23, 2012 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2017 - 2018: WIC income eligibility guidelines table | In Spanish.
2018 - 2019: WIC income eligibility guidelines table | In Spanish.

Use the following steps to manually calculate gross income.

  • If your household had only one income source or if all income sources have the same frequency, compare the income, or the sum of the separate incomes, to the published WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines for the appropriate frequency and household size.
  • If your household reports income sources at more than one frequency, perform the following calculations:
    • Annualize all income by multiplying weekly income by 52, income received every two weeks by 26, income received twice a month by 24, and income received monthly by 12.
    • Don't round the values resulting from each conversion.
    • Add together all the unrounded, converted values.
    • Compare the total with the annual income for the appropriate household size to determine income eligibility.
3. Address.
Participants in the Colorado WIC Program must live in Colorado. Generally, they also must be served in the county where they live. In some cases one local WIC agency may serve several counties. In that case, a person must be served by the local agency that provides services for his or her county.
Not sure whether you qualify?
Contact your local WIC clinic for more information about eligibility and WIC services.
You also can complete the online WIC Prescreening Tool to determine whether you may be eligible for WIC benefits. This tool isn't an application for WIC. To apply for WIC benefits, please call your local WIC clinic.
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