Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Nutritional education and vouchers for milk, formula, infant cereal, cheese, juice, and other foods

Many figures used to calculate Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits are revised annually by the Department of Agriculture, the federal agency that administers the program. Maryland specific figures are found in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 10.54.01.


Covers Maryland Residents with a nutritional need who are:

  • Pregnant women
  • New mothers
  • Infants or children under 5 years of age
  • Living in Maryland
Income Eligibility:

Annual or monthly gross income (before taxes and deductions) is below 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines for household size OR income eligible, if household is receiving Food Stamps, Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), Medical Assistance or MCHP (Maryland Children's Health Program).

Who is WIC for?

Apply at:

To set up an appointment to apply for WIC, call the WIC office in your county.
Find your local WIC office.


You can appeal any denial of WIC benefits, request to repay WIC benefits already received, or disqualification from the program.   Appeals can be made orally or in writing to any agency staff member.  It is best to file a written appeal and get a receipt showing that you filed an appeal. See COMAR 10.01.06 (scroll down the list to that number and click it to see the full list of these regulations).

Appeals must be filed within 60 days of the notice or the action was taken.

Source of Funds:

United States Department of Agriculture

Sources of Law:

Federal Law: 42 U.S.C.A. §1786 

Federal Regulations: 7 C.F.R. Part 246

Federal Policy Materials:  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has an extensive array of web pages and links concerning WIC, its application process and other information

State Regulations: COMAR - .


 Get more information at the Maryland WIC Program web site


This page updated by Dora Jacobs, Esq.

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