• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program

Welcome to the Cambridge/Somerville Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children referred to as WIC.

WIC is a free nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and infants and children up to five years old who meet the WIC income guidelines and are found to have a nutritional risk.


What Does WIC Provide?

The Cambridge/Somerville WIC Program provides:

  • Food benefits - nutritious foods that support a healthy pregnancy, infant and child growth
  • Private consultation with a registered/licensed dietitian/nutritionist
  • Group counseling/nutrition and health educational sessions
  • Breastfeeding counseling and support by Peer Counselors
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Workshops
  • Online nutrition education

For more information call: 617-575-5330

How Do I Apply?

Call our main office in Somerville at 617-575-5330 to schedule an appointment at any site or call the local site office during scheduled office hours.

Arlington:

(781) 646-2032

Bedford

(military personnel only): (781) 862-1420

Cambridge:

(617) 665-3750

North Cambridge:

(617) 575-3750

Watertown:

(617) 972-5502

For office hours and site locations, please click here.

What Do I Need to Bring to the Appointment?

  1. Bring proof that you live in Massachusetts
    • Bring documentation of where you live. Examples include a utility bill, a postmarked piece of mail addressed to you at your address, your lease or a rent receipt from your landlord, a bank statement, bank book or checkbook, or your driver’s license or other ID card.
  2. Bring Proof of identity
    • Bring proof for everyone who will be on the WIC program. Examples include driver’s license, birth certificate, MassHealth card or a Social Security Card.
  3. Bring proof of total household income that falls within program guidelines. To be income eligible you must be at or below 185% poverty income guidelines. Pregnant women should count themselves as a family of two. Click here for income guidelines.

If you are currently receiving TAFDC or food stamps (SNAP), you are automatically income eligible. Foster children are automatically eligible. If you have one of the following MassHealth plans you are automatically eligible:

  • Standard Limited
  • Limited
  • CarePlus
  • Commonwealth Care with Limited

If you are not automatically income eligible, you will need to bring in proof of income. US citizenship is not required to be eligible for the program.

After being screened for income, you will meet with a nutrition professional to review your nutitional health.

Effectiveness of WIC

Women

WIC produces positive prenatal and birth outcomes. Women on WIC eat better, have healthier babies, and receive early prenatal care.

Infants

Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and grow and develop better.

Children

Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, which helps them to develop strong minds and bodies. They are more likely to have regular medical care and to receive their immunizations.

USDA Nondiscrimination Clause

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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    Contact Us

  • Maria Bettencourt

    Program Director P: (617) 575-5343
  • Joanna Pan

    Senior Nutritionist P: (617) 575-5340
  • Melissa Johnson

    Assistant Director P: (617) 575-5342
  • Nancy Powers

    Outreach Coordinator P: (617) 575-5347