You are here

Applying for Food Assistance with WIC

June 24, 2013
Onions and peppers line a farmer's market stall.

In 2011, 14.9% of American households didn't have enough food to maintain a healthy lifestyle, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help combat this problem, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children helps low-income families with infants and toddlers eat well and stay healthy.

Before you apply for assistance, see whether your family meets the eligibility requirements. If so, call 1-800-228-9173 to set up an appointment.

At the appointment, you'll need to present proofs of identity, residency and total household income. You'll also need to bring medical records for yourself and your children.

To see the groceries you can buy with WIC vouchers, review the food package. WIC will cover these food costs for a short period, generally 6 months to 1 year. If your family still needs help after that period, you can apply again for assistance.


By summer 2017, all WIC recipients will begin managing their benefits with the new Georgia Gateway portal. Learn about the transition to Georgia Gateway.

Last updated March 9, 2017

GeorgiaGov Writer Noralil Ryan Fores

About the Author

Noralil Ryan Fores writes about business, taxes, elections and the environment for GeorgiaGov. She's a graduate of Florida State University's film school and Syracuse University's journalism program.

You might like...

May 17, 2018

With parenthood comes a whole new world of responsibility. In this post, you’ll find safety tips, childcare options, financial assistance, and even the chance to win big for your child’s future.

September 19, 2017

COMPASS has been replaced by Georgia Gateway. This new integrated benefits system brings together Childcare and Parents Services (CAPS); PeachCare for Kids®; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps); Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and Medicaid programs.

August 4, 2016

Georgia's home to nearly 14,000 homeless individuals throughout the state. However, there are a number of programs that offer assistance and care that can better their lives and the lives of the families. Funding and programs that reach homeless individuals with disabilities, AIDS, veterans and their families are available through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.