WIC serves lower-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under age 5 who have health or nutrition risks. Many working families are part of WIC - 71% of Oregon WIC families are employed.
Applicants must meet four criteria for WIC:
- Live in Oregon
- Be a pregnant, postpartum, or breast feeding woman, an infant or a child under 5 years old.
- Have a household income less than 185% of poverty guidelines.
- Have nutritional need or risk.
Income Eligibility Criteria - Effective May 1, 2012
Gross Household Income
Individuals who can prove they are certified as fully eligible for Medcaid (Oregon Health Plan), TANF (Temporary Assisted for Needy Families), Food Stamps or FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations) are considered automatically income eligible for WIC.
a person or group of people, related or not, who usually (though not necessarily) live together and whose income and consumption of goods and services are related. In determining the size of household for a pregnant WIC applicant, count each fetus as an additional house hold member, unless the woman specifically waives the increase in number.
Gross income, including overtime, before deductions for income taxes, employee's social security taxes, insurance premiums, bonds, etc. The determination of the amount of a house hold's gross income shall not be considered reduced for financial hardships, medical bills or child support.
- Cash from Salary (including overtime), wages, fees.
- Net Income from farm and non-farm self employment.
- Social Security (including SSI for disabled individuals)
- Dividends or interest on savings or bonds, estates, trusts, or net rental income.
- Public Assistance or welfare payments.
- Unemployment compensations.
- Government civilian employee or military retirement payments, or veteran's payments.
- Private pensions or annuities.
- Alimony or child support payment.
- Regular contributions from persons not living in the household.
- Net royalties.
- Student loan amounts in excess of attendance costs. Attendance costs are regular tuition and fees for students carrying at least a half-time workload as determined by the institution, and an allowance for books, supplies, and transportation required by the course of study.
- Other cash income or allowances from any resources that are readily available to the household.