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:

(857) 523-2797

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/CMSP
  • Buy-in
  • CarePlus

If you are NOT covered under one of these plans and are not getting TAFDC benefits or SNAP, 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 nutritional 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 Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    Contact Us

  • Maria Bettencourt

    Program Director P: (617) 575-5343
  • Carla Sodeyama

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

    Assistant Director P: (617) 575-5342
  • Kadeen Perry

    Outreach Coordinator P: (617) 575-5337